Expanding access: Michigan Medicine brings bariatric surgery to St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea through joint venture

January 30, 2019  //  FOUND IN: Strategy & Leadership

The bariatric surgery team led by Nabeel Obeid, M.D.

Michigan Medicine surgeons successfully performed the first bariatric surgery at St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea (SJMC) last week. Adult bariatric surgery — not previously available at SJMC — is the first new service offered under the Michigan Medicine/Saint Joseph Mercy Health System joint venture of SJMC, which became official last July.

Michigan Medicine’s Nabeel Obeid, M.D., performed the surgery after leading a work group to prepare for the Chelsea launch.

“The Michigan Medicine and St. Joe’s Chelsea teams have collaborated extensively to streamline operations, educate staff and create communication channels for patients and employees in preparation to launch the bariatric program in Chelsea,” Obeid said. “We’re thrilled to expand both the reach of the Michigan Medicine bariatrics program and the scope of services available at SJMC.”

The first bariatric procedure in Chelsea was carried out last week.

SJMC will offer comprehensive care for bariatric surgery patients, with procedures that use advanced laparoscopic technique.

With the opening of Michigan Medicine Surgical Services at Chelsea in the St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Medical Professional Building this past Monday, bariatric patients will also be able to receive bariatric support services in Chelsea, including informational meetings, evaluations, support groups and follow-up by dietitians.

“Our goal is to make the process as convenient and seamless as possible for patients, regardless of whether they choose Ann Arbor or Chelsea for their procedure,” said Obeid.

Michigan Medicine will continue to expand surgical services at SJMC over the coming months. Two additional operating rooms are currently under construction, one of which is slated to open late this summer and will include a robot to assist with urological, gynecological and general surgery cases. Stay tuned to Headlines for more information on these — and other — services to be offered in Chelsea.

“We’re thrilled to celebrate this milestone under the joint venture,” said David Spahlinger, M.D., president of the U-M Health System. “Michigan Medicine wants to partner with health care organizations that deliver high quality and high value. Saint Joseph Mercy Health System has a long-standing, positive reputation for delivering both to their communities. Our teams are excited that patients in Chelsea and western Washtenaw County will have increased access to services.”

“We are excited to bring this new service to the community,” said Nancy Graebner, president of St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea. “Through our collaboration with Michigan Medicine, we have a unique opportunity to provide new services and care to more people closer to home. We are offering the right care, at the right time and in the right place.”