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Metro Health and University of Michigan Health System Plan Affiliation: Letter of Intent Signed

Metro Health Corporation of Wyoming, Michigan and University of Michigan announced today their intent for Metro Health to join the U-M Health System.

Under a letter of intent signed by both organizations, the expected affiliation will bring Metro Health’s hospital and its network of doctors, nurses and other providers together with UMHS, expanding this academic medical center’s care in western Michigan.

This affiliation will give residents in the western part of the state increased access to cutting-edge health care, medical research and innovation.

With the signing of the letter of intent, the parties begin a due diligence period in which they review each other’s business operations and negotiate the terms of a final affiliation agreement.

According to Marschall Runge, M.D., Ph.D., executive vice president of medical affairs and dean of the U-M Medical School, this affiliation is good for both organizations and for residents in the western part of Michigan.

“The U-M Health System is a top-ranked academic medical center with a world-class medical school, extraordinary hospitals and clinics, and groundbreaking research facilities focused on moving cutting edge discovery to patients’ bedsides in order to improve lives,” Runge notes. “We are excited about the opportunity to collaborate with Metro Health’s expert physicians and health care professionals in stepped up ways.”

Michael Faas, president of Metro Health, added that joining with the UM clinical enterprise will bring additional options for complex care to Metro Health patients and to the greater Grand Rapids community.

“It is no secret that U-M has some of the best providers in the state and country,” he notes. “By joining the ‘leaders and best’ we can build on our existing expertise and provide our patients and community with enhanced access to specialized health care services, scientific discovery and advanced technology.”

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