Over the past decade, Michigan Medicine, the clinical arm of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, has expanded its base of three hospitals to encompass medical affiliations or ownership stakes in Midland, Grand Rapids, Chelsea, Lansing and partnered with other hospitals.
Besides hospitals wanting the Michigan brand, Spahlinger has told Crain's UM has needed more beds and space because its three main hospitals are nearly full with occupancy rates regularly above 90 percent. Its three main hospitals in Ann Arbor are University Hospital, Mott Children's and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital.
Overall, Michigan Medicine owns or is affiliated with 15 hospitals in Ann Arbor, Midland, Chelsea, Wyoming and Lansing. It also operates 40 outpatient locations and home care operations that handle more than 2.1 million outpatient visits a year.
In early April, UM signed a master affiliation agreement with Sparrow Health in which the university made a 50 percent financial investment in Sparrow's pediatric program and a minority investment into Sparrow's profitable health plan.
The Sparrow pediatric services joint venture will integrate UM's pediatric services at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital with Sparrow Children's Center in Lansing. The minority investment in profitable Physicians Health Plan will most likely begin with UM's employees and could expand from there depending how successful the plan is at reducing the university's health care costs.
In 2018, UMHS signed a master affiliation agreement with 14-hospital Trinity Health Michigan and acquired a 49 percent interest in its Chelsea Community Hospital.
In 2013, UM Health System signed a master affiliation agreement and a minority investment of up to 20 percent with the four-hospital MidMichigan Health in Midland. The partnership includes working together on oncology, heart and vascular, telemedicine, neurology, obstetrics and other subspecialties.
UMHS also has a longstanding relationship with the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System.
In 2017, UM acquired 203-bed Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming, a suburb of Grand Rapids, and invested more than $40 million in the hospital.
UMHS also has 15 primary care health centers and medical specialty facilities in 26 cities across the state that include five Southeast Michigan locations.
In metro Detroit, they are multispecialty clinics Northville Health Center, Livonia Health Center and Brighton Health Center, and two outpatient cancer centers: UM Radiation Oncology at Providence Cancer Center in Southfield and the UM Radiation Oncology at Assarian Cancer Center in Novi.
"University of Michigan to build $920 million hospital it calls 'most advanced' in Michigan" was originally published in Crain's Detroit Business.