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Metro Health President & CEO Announces Transition Plan for Retirement

Michael Faas, President & CEO of Metro Health – University of Michigan Health announced his retirement today. Mr. Faas began in his role at Metro in July of 1994 and has just completed his 23rd year. Some of the more important milestones of his tenure include:

  • Establishing an early Physician Hospital Organization (PHO) which has now evolved into a CIN (Clinically Integrated Network).
  • The first mid-size community hospital in the U.S. to access EPIC – the gold standard electronic medical record now serving over 50% of all U.S. hospitals.
  • Employing the first doctors at Metro (currently 225 providers employed).
  • Establishing the first neighborhood outpatient facilities (putting doctors and hospital services into neighborhoods, now 18 locations).
  • Relocating Metro Health Hospital to a new site 8 miles from Grand Rapids to Wyoming, MI. First hospital in the state to relocate more than 2 miles from original location.
  • Establishing choice in the west Michigan market by affiliating with the University of Michigan.
  • Creating Metro Health Village (dedicated to protecting the environment through Leed projects).

Mr. Faas plans to serve into the 2018 calendar year as the search for his replacement is underway. The transition plan is now underway but expect no slowdown in Metro’s growth or moving full speed ahead on strategic initiatives. Mr. Faas commented that it was an honor and a privilege to work beside so many wonderful people who always put what was best for the patient and the community first. Those who work at Metro Health truly have always had a passion for what they do and how they do it.

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