Hospi­tal merger is a for­ward-think­ing part­ner­ship, let­ter writ­ers say

Modern Healthcare - - NEWS - Nancy Sch­licht­ing Pres­i­dent and CEO Henry Ford Health Sys­tem Detroit Gene Michal­ski Pres­i­dent and CEO Beau­mont Health Sys­tem Royal Oak, Mich.

Af­ter re­view­ing your re­cent report on hospi­tal merg­ers and ac­qui­si­tions (“Tak­ing a dif­fer­ent path,” Jan. 28, p. S1), we of­fer a sug­ges­tion: It is time to up­date this im­por­tant report to more ac­cu­rately re­flect our evolv­ing health­care land­scape.

The chart that ac­com­pa­nies your an­nual report, with or­ga­ni­za­tions cat­e­go­rized as ei­ther “buy­ers” or “sellers,” is in­ac­cu­rate. Henry Ford is not buy­ing Beau­mont, and Beau­mont is not sell­ing. Our two not-for-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions are merg­ing to form a new health sys­tem. Like other sys­tems that have de­cided to merge, we are cre­at­ing a for­ward-think­ing part­ner­ship de­signed to meet the chal­lenges of the 21st cen­tury and be­yond.

Our part­ner­ship doesn’t fit a tra­di­tional mold. In­stead, we are cast­ing some­thing new—coming to­gether to cre­ate in­no­va­tive models of care to im­prove pop­u­la­tion health at a lower cost, while re­fin­ing the de­liv­ery sys­tem to achieve higher value.

It is time for our in­dus­try to break out of the buyer-seller men­tal­ity. We hope you will re­flect th­ese kinds of for­ward-think­ing part­ner­ships in fu­ture cov­er­age.

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