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2 Michigan hospitals announce partnership

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MidMichigan Health in Midland and the University of Michigan Health System have announced a partnership as both health care organizations signed an agreement to affiliate.

The group said the partnership, which was agreed to on Friday, is intended to expand access, quality, and the level of care provided for patients who live in the 14-county region served by MidMichigan Health.

In a news release on Monday, the groups stated that the move would "ensure that patients receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time." The agreement follows an announcement of the intended affiliation made late last summer.

"Through this affiliation, the University of Michigan Health System and MidMichigan Health will further the delivery of high quality health care to residents in our region," said Diane Postler-Slattery, Ph.D., MidMichigan Health president and chief executive officer. "The University of Michigan Health System is nationally ranked for quality, safety and expertise, and our patients prefer going to Ann Arbor when treatment is not available through MidMichigan Health. We have complementary interests and goals, with both organizations recognized for quality and the depth of care we provide. The partnership gives our patients a new level of care."

"We are so pleased to finalize this strategic affiliation with MidMichigan Health, which has a proud history of ensuring high quality care," says Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, M.D., executive vice president for medical affairs at the University of Michigan and CEO of UMHS. "Working together, we will improve the health of our patients, and find new ways to cooperate for better care." 

Throughout the United States, health systems are seeking affiliations and alignment with other health systems and physician groups to prepare for new insurance payment models that require high quality care for large populations of people at an appropriate cost.  The affiliation positions both organizations to succeed in this new environment. 

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