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Michigan Heart, PC Joins Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
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Health system continues to strengthen employed physician network portfolio

Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) and Michigan Heart, PC (MHPC) today announced a formal agreement where SJMHS will acquire MHPC, a physician-owned specialty practice in cardiovascular medicine and research. The acquisition is expected to be effective on or before December 31.

When the agreement is made official, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System will employ Michigan Heart’s 326 employees – including 34 cardiologists and 10 nurse practitioners and physician assistants. No change in leadership at Michigan Heart is planned. Patients will continue to see their Michigan Heart doctors and continue to be cared for at the hospital of their choice.

“The transaction fits with our strategy to develop an aligned network of the region’s top primary care physicians and specialists, and positions both organizations to succeed under future health care reform measures,” says Rob Casalou, president and CEO, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, Livingston and Saline hospitals. “By coming together, SJMHS and Michigan Heart will be able to improve patient-centered care, clinical quality, and open up more access to cost effective health care for all.”

Headquartered in Ann Arbor with eight locations serving southeast Michigan, Michigan Heart is a nationally recognized leader in comprehensive cardiovascular care, offering a broad range of expertise covering all of the subspecialties of cardiovascular medicine. Michigan Heart has been serving the community for more than 40 years and is recognized, respected, and sought on a national level.

“Because of the increasing complexity and rapid changes in health care, our physicians realized that we needed to find a new integrated model - one that fosters even better coordinated care, improves our patient experience, and strives to decrease the cost of care,“ explains Dr. Ben D. McCallister, Jr, president and chair of the board, Michigan Heart. “This exciting partnership is a vital step for Michigan Heart, allowing us to continue to provide our patients with nationally recognized high quality cardiovascular care throughout southeast Michigan.”

SJMHS is one of the largest health care delivery systems in Michigan, with an excellent reputation for quality, safety and patient loyalty. It is comprised of seven hospitals spanning six southeast Michigan counties.

Keith Burmeister, CEO of Michigan Heart, is confident the formalized affiliation will be mutually beneficial, as well as a seamless process. “Both Michigan Heart and St. Joe’s have provided care to shared patients for more than 40 years. We’ve always strived to embrace and emulate the culture of SJMHS. While our decision to enter this partnership is significant, it is a natural progression to formalize an already strong and patient-focused affiliation.”

“Saint Joseph Mercy Health System is growing a large, integrated network of outpatient services and physicians with a goal toward better coordinating care that is provided in more affordable settings for patients,” shares Beth Cafaro, vice president for health networks, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. “Rather than wait for health reform to force changes upon us, we are taking proactive steps to ensure future success, before many of the reform act measures go into effect in 2014.”

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