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U. of Mich. to affiliate with Trinity

By Melanie Evans
Posted: March 1, 2012 - 1:45 pm ET

The University of Michigan Health System has reached an affiliation agreement with 14-hospital Trinity Health-Michigan.

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Through the agreement, UMHS and Trinity will focus on coordinating and strengthening access to pediatric and cancer services and care for seriously ill patients, among other efforts, said Garry Faja, president and CEO of Trinity's St. Joseph Mercy Health System and a regional executive for Trinity's southeast Michigan operations. The partners also will address the hiring and training of doctors, clinical research and information technology projects.

The affiliation "positions UMHS and Trinity-Michigan to take advantage of federal and state programs"—including accountable care organizations—that seek to reward systems for delivering more-coordinated care and holding down cost increases, according to a UMHS news release.

Faja said the combined efforts also will allow the partners to manage hospital and outpatient capacity without having to build new facilities. Details have not yet been worked out, he said. But patients would be matched to hospitals based on their medical needs and geography.

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