David Spahlinger, M.D., recognized by Michigan Health & Hospital Association

June 28, 2021  //  FOUND IN: Accolades and Milestones

The Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) announced its 2021 awards recognizing several individuals and programs during its virtual Annual Membership Meeting on June 24.

Among the honorees is David Spahlinger, M.D., who received a 2021 MHA Special Recognition Award for his extensive contributions to health care.

Spahlinger stepped down in December 2020 as president of the U-M Health System and executive vice dean for clinical affairs in the U-M Medical School.

During the four years he led the health system, he was instrumental in guiding and restructuring the organization and its distinct business units, including the adult hospital, women and children’s hospital, the medical group and ambulatory care settings. Within the triad leadership model that was created, Spahlinger and his leadership team also worked to increase local problem-solving in the units by strengthening physician and nursing partnerships and total care team collaborations.

Spahlinger has relentlessly focused on improving and standardizing quality and safety, improving access and enhancing the patient experience. He directed efforts that resulted in a reduction of health care acquired conditions, an increase in patient experience rankings and lowering the organization’s readmission rate. He also led the health care performance improvement initiative to improve Michigan Medicine’s safety culture and create a highly reliable organization.

After needing to limit his clinical work while he served as health system president, Spahlinger has returned to providing inpatient care and working at his clinic.

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