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. Continue reading

Save the date: State of the Health System – 2010

A message from Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, M.D., Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, U-M, and CEO, UMHS

Where does our Health System stand? Where are we going? How will we confront the challenges we face?

I invite you to join me on Wednesday, Sept. 29, from 5:15-6:15 p.m. in Ford Amphitheater at University Hospital for my first State of the Health System presentation.

For those of you who aren’t able to attend in person, please take advantage of one of these other viewing options: Continue reading

Standing Out and Stepping Up for Children & Women

A couple of weeks ago, to my surprise and delight, one of my former patients, Katie*, attended a luncheon where I gave the keynote address. I first met Katie when she was three years old. She had been diagnosed with Turner Syndrome, a genetic disorder that is often associated with complex cardiac disease, severe short stature and low expectations for social and physical development. Continue reading

Reflections from Leadership Day

This week, I was able to spend some time with 250 Health System faculty and staff at the 10th Annual UMHS Leadership Day Conference. I’d like to share with you some of my thoughts from that day.

As I looked around the room that day, I was once again reminded of the tremendous legacy of research, patient care, education and leadership at this Health System. It’s one of the things that attracted me to the U-M a year ago, and it’s one of the reasons I am confident that we can become the national leader in health care, health care reform, biomedical innovation and education. Continue reading