UMHS helps lead new Pennant Health Alliance to promote independent hospitals

A message from Ora Pescovitz, M.D., Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and CEO, UMHS, and Doug Strong, CEO, U-M Hospitals & Health Centers

Today in Grand Rapids, we were pleased to announce the formation of a new alliance that will help hospitals in the western and northern regions of our state remain independent, and allow their patients better access to our excellent advanced specialty care.

The new Pennant Health Alliance, as it is called, includes UMHS, Metro Health in Grand Rapids and five west Michigan hospitals of the Trinity Health system. Over time, we hope it will grow to include more independent hospitals.

Initially, the alliance will offer clinical support and administrative services in four key areas: physician alignment and recruitment, health information technology, revenue cycle management, and group purchasing. Its broader goal is to help patients receive the best care for their condition in the most appropriate setting.

Together with our alliance partners, we will improve the quality of health care and reduce operating and technology costs for hospitals and physician practices. We hope this alliance will allow those providers to remain strong and independent in the face of the many challenges that today’s health care environment presents.

What does Pennant Health Alliance mean for UMHS? It will reinforce our already established referral patterns from west and northern Michigan for tertiary care. It also dovetails nicely with our strategic goal of statewide service and partnership.

We invite you to read the press release, available here and visit the Pennant website for more information.

Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, M.D.
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, U-M
Chief Executive Officer, UMHS

Doug Strong
Chief Executive Officer, Hospitals & Health Centers

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