SOUTHFIELD, Mich.-PPOM, the largest independent PPO in the state, has announced that St. Alexis Hospital Medical Center of Cleveland will join its network. PPOM has 120 hospitals and more than 11,500 other healthcare providers in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. St. Alexis is a 220-bed not-for-profit hospital with 200 physicians on staff and 550 full-time-equivalent employees. More than 600,000 people are eligible to use the PPOM network.
SOUTHFIELD, Mich.-The state's two largest hospice organizations will merge this month, aiming to make themselves more attractive to government and private insurers. Hospice of Southeastern Michigan in Southfield and Hospice of Western Michigan in Grand Rapids daily care for 850 terminally ill patients in 17 counties. No cash is changing hands as part of the transaction. The combined organization, called Hospice of Michigan, will be based in Southfield. Five of its nine board members will be from southeastern Michigan. Also, each hospice will retain its own board. Barbara Lewis, director of communications for Hospice of Southeastern Michigan, said discussions are under way with a hospice in northern Michigan to pursue the eventual goal of a statewide organization.
GREEN BAY, Wis.-Bellin Health System got a bargain on its new psychiatric center, which opens this month. Bellin purchased the 5-year-old facility from National Medical Enterprises for less than $1 million-11% of the original cost of $9 million. The exact price wasn't disclosed. The former Fox Valley Hospital, closed since last year, was part of NME's national divestiture of its money-losing psychiatric division. Bellin President George Kerwin said his local system, which includes an acute-care hospital and nursing college as well as the Bellin Psychiatric Center, was the only logical buyer. Nursing homes looked, but found the rooms too small. There are no other psychiatric hospitals in town. The land alone is assessed at $835,000. "Obviously, this is good news for us," Mr. Kerwin said. Bellin's old psychiatric center, adjacent to the acute-care hospital a mile away, probably will be used by the nursing college and for physician offices.