DETROIT and LIVONIA, Mich. and ANN ARBOR, Mich., Aug. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Ascension and Trinity Health – the founding sponsors of Together Health Network (THN) – have agreed to add the University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) as an equity partner in the statewide, physician-led clinically integrated network of healthcare providers that was launched in May 2014.
Recently, Together Health Network announced that UMHS had become a participating provider in its network for purposes of providing highly specialized quaternary healthcare to individuals served by Together Health Network. This new agreement also adds a UMHS representative to the Together Health Network Board, and will add UMHS representatives to various Together Health Network committees.
"This is exciting news for Together Health and our health systems," said Gwen MacKenzie, Chair of the THN board, and Senior Vice President of Ascension/ Michigan Market Executive. "The addition of UMHS as an equity member is a tremendous step in the continuing evolution of Together Health Network and our growing ability to better serve individuals across Michigan. We're excited to add UMHS experts as partners in clinical leadership. This partnership with UMHS is an example of Ascension's goal of creating clinically integrated systems of care that serve the health care needs of populations throughout a lifetime."
"Trinity Health and St. Joe's have enjoyed a longstanding relationship with the University of Michigan Health System through our master affiliation agreement and several successful joint initiatives," said Rob Casalou, President and CEO, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, part of Trinity Health. "We are delighted to welcome them as a partner in Together Health, not only by providing needed quaternary services through this clinically-integrated network, but also welcoming them as an important partner as Together Health goes forward."
"This partnership strengthens the ability of the citizens of Michigan to obtain access to the highly specialized services available at the University of Michigan," said David Spahlinger, MD, president of the University of Michigan Health System and executive vice dean for clinical affairs.
Since its launch almost two years ago, Together Health Network has been actively pursuing value-based contracts, solidifying its core network, and designing and deploying population health management strategies in collaboration with its partner physicians and health systems. As a network provider and equity partner, UMHS enhances the value of the network to deliver comprehensive services across the care continuum.
Ascension and Trinity Health as the founding partners will retain majority equity interest.
About Together Health Network
Together Health Network provides advanced care coordination services through competitively priced health plan products. It offers patients and employers a combination of high quality and low cost, with an exceptional experience of care. The network's objective is to improve both health and care for Michigan residents by facilitating relationships within its network of physician organizations, health systems, insurers, patients, and health providers. At the core of Together Health Network's culture are clinicians connected by a common purpose and meaning; they lead with a team-based care approach, based on a shared commitment and vision of positive outcomes. It is estimated that 75 percent of Michigan residents are within 20 minutes of one of the network's 25 hospitals and thousands of ambulatory centers and physician offices. For more information, visit http://www.togetherhealthnetwork.org.
About University of Michigan Health System
For more than 160 years, the University of Michigan Health System has been a national leader in advanced patient care, innovative research to improve human health, and comprehensive education of physicians and medical scientists. The three UMHS hospitals have been recognized numerous times for excellence in patient care, including national rankings in many specialty areas by U.S. News & World Report.
The UMHS includes a 1,000-bed hospital complex and more than 40 clinical care facilities. In addition this academic medical center includes the top-ranked U-M Medical School, a 1,900-physician faculty group practice, numerous research laboratories, $470 million in research grants, and highly regarded training programs. For more information visit: www.uofmhealth.org.
About Ascension Michigan
The Michigan Ministries of Ascension include Borgess Health in Kalamazoo, Crittenton Hospital Medical Center in Rochester, Genesys Health System in Grand Blanc, St. John Providence in metro Detroit, St. Joseph Health System in Tawas and St. Mary's of Michigan in Saginaw and Standish. Together, the health systems employ more than 25,000 associates and are a major economic driver in the state, with $1.4 billion in payroll each year. In fiscal year 2015, Ascension Michigan provided more than $260 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty.
Ascension (www.ascension.org) is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world's largest Catholic health system, Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable.
About Trinity Health – Michigan
Trinity Health – Michigan is a leading health care provider and one of the state's largest employers. With more than 23,000 full-time employees serving numerous counties, Trinity Health – Michigan provides the full continuum of care for Michigan's residents through eight hospitals, including the five hospitals of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System in Ann Arbor, Chelsea, Howell, Livonia and Pontiac, and the three-hospital Mercy Health, operating in Grand Rapids and Muskegon.
Throughout Michigan, Trinity Health operates numerous ambulatory sites, seven home health agencies, four hospice agencies and 21 senior living facilities, which include skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, memory care facilities and independent senior living communities. It also manages 10 additional senior living facilities, including low-income housing through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Nationally, Trinity Health is a leading Catholic health care system based in Livonia, Michigan, with operations in 22 states. Trinity Health employs about 97,000 full-time employees, has annual operating revenues of $15.8 billion, assets of $23.4 billion, and returns about $1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs.
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