Top officials at Wayne State University and Detroit Medical Center have agreed to a new negotiating plan to move contract talks forward, Crain's Detroit Business has learned.
On Sunday, Wayne State President Dr. M. Roy Wilson, met privately with DMC CEO Joe Mullany to discuss what both sides acknowledge was a miscommunication last week about long-term goals between the two medical partners.
Wilson told Crain's Wednesday evening his meeting with Mullany was prompted by his feeling that the talks were stalled because of federal regulatory concerns voiced by DMC, which is owned by Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare Corp., an investor-owned chain that primarily operates community hospitals.
"I kept on getting complaints from faculty about this or that," Wilson said. "Whenever I mentioned to Joe something about it, I got a different viewpoint. I thought maybe it was time to clear the air and make sure we lay the facts out as we know them. More importantly, I wanted to make sure our vision for the future was articulated correctly and we have a path forward."
Mullany was traveling Thursday and not available for comment.