Allegiance Health, UMHS sign letter of intent to serve Jackson community

Published on December 4, 2013 at 4:05 AM · No Comments

The University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) and Allegiance Health have signed a letter of intent to affiliate, with Allegiance Health becoming a member of the UMHS network. Combining their expertise and services would create better health and well-being at every stage of life for the patients served by Allegiance Health.

For nearly 100 years, the people of Jackson County, Michigan and the surrounding communities have turned to Allegiance Health for high-quality health care. With the proposed affiliation announced today, Allegiance Health will strengthen its ability to continue this tradition by joining UMHS.

The proposed affiliation would expand on existing collaborations between the two health systems. Over the coming months, the full details and terms of the proposed affiliation will be announced, in consultation with key stakeholders and in compliance with regulatory requirements.

At the successful conclusion of the process, Allegiance Health would become part of the University of Michigan Health System and of the University of Michigan. The new relationship would position both institutions to better and more efficiently serve patients and the community in a rapidly changing health care environment.

"Together, UMHS and Allegiance Health will build on our non-profit legacies of quality care to provide even greater value to patients and sustainable health improvement for all, including underserved populations," said Georgia Fojtasek, R.N., Ed.D., president and CEO of Allegiance Health. "In UMHS, Allegiance Health has found a partner that shares our commitment and vision. By joining one of the state's premier health care systems, Allegiance Health is building on our long-standing commitment to become a more effective and efficient organization, resulting in even higher quality and cost-effective health care for our community."

Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, M.D., CEO of UMHS and executive vice president for medical affairs at U-M, believes the proposed relationship between Allegiance Health and UMHS will help patients receive care in the location best for them, which is often close to home.

"We know how important Allegiance Health is to the Jackson community, and how dedicated its staff and physicians are to the health of their neighbors," she said. "Ultimately, our proposed partnership would provide enhanced and efficient care locally whenever possible."

Allegiance Health and UMHS already successfully work together to provide high-quality radiation oncology services to cancer patients and heart care for both adults and children. A U-M Medical School faculty member serves as medical director for the clinically integrated network that includes Allegiance Health and community-based physicians.

The proposed affiliation will give Allegiance Health enhanced access to new state-of-the-art technologies and data-driven care models, and enable physicians and other clinicians from both systems to work together to develop innovative approaches to patient care. It will also help Allegiance Health expand its services strategically, and coordinate care across the continuum of each patient's needs. Allegiance Health would be able to achieve new efficiencies in operations and have better access to capital funding.

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