Beaumont Health and Spectrum Health System, two of Michigan’s largest healthcare systems, have sign a formal integration agreement Thursday marking the start of the integration process. The vision of the new health care system is to “provide more accessible, affordable, equitable and exceptional health care and coverage to people across the state.”
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In June 2021, the two health systems signed a letter of intent (LOI) unite to create a new health care system, which began the state and federal regulatory review process. The organizations hope to launch the system after the review process under the temporary name of BHSH System in the fall.
Tina Freese Decker, CEO of Spectrum Health and future CEO of BHSH System, says:
“We worked together to develop a better understanding of each organization. I greatly appreciate the efforts of our teams, and I remain confident that together we will create an optimal health system. For Michigan, by Michigan ™. “
Beaumont Health has eight hospitals with more than 33,000 employees. It is Michigan’s largest health care system, serving primarily Southeast Michigan. Spectrum Health has 14 hospitals with over 31,000 employees. Together, they will have 22 hospitals and 305 ambulatory care centers across the state with more than 5,000 beds and 15,000 nurses.
The BHSH system has defined 5 objectives to be integrated into the integration:
- Improve health and health equity: Providing exceptional and equitable care and service to all patients and health plan members will always be at the center of the work of the new system.
- Improve the consumer experience: Making the experience for patients and members easier will require investing in new digital technologies and delivering services in more convenient ways, such as virtual and home care.
- Improve the quality, value and outcomes of healthcare: The creation of a new health care system, which includes Priority Health, will enable the development and investment in innovative solutions that improve health care and coverage for all Michigan residents.
- Making health care more affordable for the communities they serve: Combining the forces of Spectrum Health and Beaumont Health will improve efficiency and provide affordable, high-quality care and coverage statewide.
- Ensure the voices of team members and physicians are heard: Gathering input from physicians, nurses and other team members closest to patients will be critical to achieving the mission and vision of the new organization. The new organization will also foster a culture that attracts and retains the best medical professionals to live and work in Michigan.
Spectrum Health Board Chairman Robert Roth said:
“With our progress towards integration, I remain convinced that our new health system will not only allow us to more effectively meet our obligations to our local communities, but will promote excellence in care and coverage while improving both affordability and access for the communities we serve. across the state.
Primary areas of focus for the new healthcare system include creating a more affordable digital experience and achieving better health outcomes through value-based care.
For their digital experience, they plan to invest more in a digital engagement platform, apps, and personalized capabilities to create a simpler patient experience.
As they move towards a value-based model of care, they plan to include predictive analytics to support clinical decisions for patients. BHSH says the value-based model of care will also enable them to accelerate the implementation of new evidence-based care research and develop “innovative models” of coverage and care.