Laying down roots: U-M Health, St. Joseph Mercy celebrate new partnership in Chelsea

August 20, 2018  //  FOUND IN: Strategy & Leadership,

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Earlier this summer, St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea began operating as a joint venture between U-M Health and St. Joseph Mercy Health.

To commemorate the new partnership, leaders from both organizations came together last week to plant a maple tree on the grounds of the hospital, the symbol of a new beginning for the 133-bed facility located in western Washtenaw County.

“Trees represent life and growth and they teach us to stay rooted in our mission, vision and values,” said Nancy Graebner, president of St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea.

Graebner was joined at the event by David Spahlinger, M.D., president of the U-M Health System, and Rob Casalou, president and CEO of the St. Joseph Mercy Health System and Mercy Health.

“Both of our organizations have a shared goal, to deliver the best patient care possible in this community,” said Spahlinger. “Today’s celebration marks just the beginning of a long-term collaboration that will strengthen both of our organizations.”

While Michigan Medicine has a long history of partnering with St. Joe in the Chelsea community — operating a family residency clinic on the hospital campus since 1978 — the organization’s surgical offerings will now expand, giving patients in the Chelsea area increased access to Michigan Medicine physicians. In fact, construction has already begun on additional operating rooms at St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea, and the joint venture will explore other expanded services in the future.

“We are excited to bring our capabilities closer to patients,” Spahlinger said at the time the joint venture was announced. “We have long cared for patients in the greater Chelsea area — but who travel to and from Ann Arbor for their care. With this affiliation, Chelsea-area patients will now have expanded care choices closer to their home.”

Check out the photo gallery above from last week’s tree planting ceremony!