Six independent Michigan health systems have agreed to integrate their networks to improve care quality and stem rising healthcare costs. The participating system are Lakeland HealthCare in St. Joseph, Bronson Healthcare Group in Kalamazoo, Sparrow Health System in Lansing, Allegiance Health in Jackson, Covenant HealthCare in Saginaw and MidMichigan Health in Midland.
“We’re working to identify the most impactful areas that we can improve our services and…to standardize the way we do that,” said Bronson president and CEO Frank Sardone. “It’s all about standardizing the way we improve health and standardizing the way we improve health care and standardizing the way we improve cost.”
The partnership aims to improve healthcare efficiency, open up inter-network learning and teaching opportunities, and prioritize areas to establish best practices. This new six-partner integration will work similar to Together Health—a network formed last year by Health Michigan and Trinity Health.
The yet-to-be-named partner group plans to recruit a CEO and establish an organizational structure within the next few months.