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IHA, SJMHS Finalize Strategic Merger
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Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) and IHA today announced the completion of their merger, creating one of largest integrated health networks in Michigan.

IHA’s 192 physicians and practitioners will now serve as the foundation for the integrated physician enterprise for these St. Joseph Mercy Hospital markets: Washtenaw, Livingston and portions of western Wayne and south western Oakland counties.

IHA’s Governing Board and shareholders approved the merger this past October with financial terms of the merger not being disclosed.

By coming together, both organizations will utilize their collective strengths to accelerate the achievement of their long-term, complementary, goals. SJMHS is developing an accountable care organization that includes an integrated physician network. The IHA goal is to embody all aspects of the patient-centered medical home with a value-based culture that provides outstanding patient, provider and patient satisfaction.

The alignment of IHA - the region’s largest physician group caring for nearly 260,000 patients - combined with the breadth of services provided by SJMHS – the region’s largest system of community hospitals – gives patients a full spectrum of quality care that is highly coordinated and responsive to their needs.

Additionally, IHA patients are cared for by University of Michigan Health System physicians and facilities. IHA, SJMHS, and their parent organization, Trinity Health, view the University as their primary academic health system partner and look forward to continuing their many joint programs, as well as embarking on new initiatives with the University.

About IHA
IHA is one of the best and also largest private multi-specialty groups in southeast Michigan. IHA employs 950 physicians, nurses and support staff, including more than 150 doctors and 40 nurse practitioners across 32 practices. IHA provides high quality medical care and excellent service to more than 250,000 patients. Recognized as one of Michigan’s top performing medical groups, IHA also ranks in the top 20th percentile for patient satisfaction nationally. Offering extended office hours, After Hours Care, and access to clinical research studies, IHA demonstrates that it cares by bringing safe, high quality, comprehensive and affordable care to its patients. For more information about IHA, visit

About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a newly expanded health care organization serving southeast Michigan. Health coverage spans six counties, including Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy in Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy in Livonia, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, 119-bed St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron, 113-bed Chelsea Community Hospital and 74-bed St. Joseph Mercy Saline. Combined, the seven hospitals are licensed for 1,726 beds, have five outpatient health centers, five urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 14,000 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 2,700 physicians. SJMHS is a member of Trinity Health. For more information on health services offered at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, please visit

About Trinity Health
Trinity Health is Michigan’s leading health care provider and one of the state’s largest employers, providing the full continuum of care for Michigan’s residents, with 14 hospitals, nine nursing homes, 19 senior housing facilities, eight home health care agencies and four hospices serving 35 counties. More than 25,000 associates provide care to one in 11 Michigan residents. With a national headquarters in Novi, Trinity Health is an economic engine for the state with nearly $1.1 billion in payroll.

Trinity Health is a leader in quality and safety improvements with 90 percent of its clinical quality indicators above the mean. Trinity Health has pioneered a comprehensive health care IT initiative and has successfully launched electronic health record systems in 9 Michigan hospitals. Operationally, Trinity Health is reducing the cost of care through aggressive expense reduction, smarter purchasing and improvements in efficiency.

As a not-for-profit health system, Trinity Health reinvests its profits back into the community through programs to serve the poor and uninsured, manage chronic conditions like diabetes, health education and promotion initiatives, and outreach for the elderly. In fiscal year 2010, this included more than $455 million in such community benefits.

Nationally, Trinity Health is the fourth-largest Catholic health care system with 46 acute-care hospitals, 379 outpatient facilities, 33 long-term care facilities, and numerous home health offices and hospice programs based in seven states. Employing 47,000 full-time staff, Trinity Health reported $7.0 billion in unrestricted revenue in fiscal year 2010. For more information about Trinity Health, visit and become a fan of the Trinity Health Facebook page.