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University of Michigan Health, Two Other Systems Launch Pennant Health Alliance

Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Metro Health, Novi, Mich.-based Trinity Health and University of Michigan Health System, based in Ann Arbor, have joined together to launch Pennant Health Alliance, according to a U of M Health news release.

The new support-services network will initially offer clinical support and administrative services in four key areas: physician alignment and recruitment, health information technology, revenue cycle management and group purchasing. Other customized services, such as quality consulting and performance reporting, will be available on an as-requested basis, according to the release.

All U of M Health and Metro Health facilities as well as Trinity Health's West Michigan hospitals, which include Mercy Health Partners' in Muskegon, Mich.; Saint Mary's Health Care in Grand Rapids; Battle Creek (Mich.) Health System; Mercy Hospital – Cadillac (Mich.) and Mercy Hospital – Grayling (Mich.) will join the alliance.

Mike Faas, president and CEO of Metro Health, has been named CEO of the alliance.

Hospital and physician practices are welcome to join the alliance through support services agreements, according to the report.

Holland (Mich.) Hospital has watched the alliance "with interest," according to the report, and Traverse City-based Munson Healthcare called off merger talks with Spectrum Health System last week, after being offered a partnership opportunity with U of M Health, according to a Grand Rapids Press report. 

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