Health Care

LANSING — Corewell Health’s Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital plans to expand pediatric care in Lansing under an existing partnership with McLaren Health Care. 

The group representing 4,300 primary care doctors in Michigan is calling for more public funding to stem a worsening shortage of family physicians, especially in rural markets.

An emerging new generation of cell and gene therapies has insurers concerned about the effect on the cost of health coverage.

Sparrow Health reported Wednesday a $171.5 million loss for 2022, adding to a growing list of poor financial performers across the health care industry.

GRAND RAPIDS — A new partnership between Corewell Health and Pine Rest Christian Mental Services aims to tighten ties between the two organizations to improve access to care in West Michigan.

Health care providers who have long advocated on behalf of patients and for their profession have become increasingly vocal on another front: gun violence.

GRAND RAPIDS — Priority Health nearly tripled earnings in 2022, although how that may affect upcoming rate proposals for next year is unclear for now.

GRAND RAPIDS — West Michigan medical device company Shoulder Innovations Inc. has raised $42 million from investors that will go to accelerate commercialization and distribution.

GRAND RAPIDS — Corewell Health’s operations finished 2022 in the black despite escalating costs for labor, supplies and drugs, but the health system reported an overall net loss as the market deeply affected the performance of its investments.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan reported Wednesday a net loss of $777 million in 2022 due to rising operating costs, losses from its market portfolio and ongoing COVID-19 response.

Buying Nashville, Tenn.-based Symmetry Surgical Inc. last fall gave Aspen Surgical Products Inc. a far broader product portfolio to sell to hospitals and surgical centers.

SpendMend LLC secured major investments in 2022 from Morgan Stanley Capital Partners and two major health systems, including the venture capital arm of Grand Rapids-based Corewell Health.

The blockbuster merger between Spectrum Health and Beaumont Health that created the largest in-state health system in Michigan began with a basic “what if” question.

The psychiatric hospital that Trinity Health intends to start building soon with a large Pennsylvania-based hospital operator comes as care providers more broadly increase access to mental health care.

MUSKEGON — Temporarily closing a surgical floor at Trinity Health Muskegon reflects the ongoing staffing crunch many hospitals are facing today.

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services today organized a team of 20 therapists and counselors trained in crisis counseling to aid Michigan State University students, faculty, staff and others coping with the trauma of Monday night’s campus shootings.

KALAMAZOO — Bronson Healthcare has named Deb Rozewicz as CEO for the health system’s new psychiatric hospital under construction in Battle Creek.

In the first year of the pandemic, 13.3 percent of people on Medicaid who went to a hospital emergency department had a mental health issue as their primary diagnosis.

Trinity Health and four surgeons recently filed a lawsuit against Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan, claiming they allow the market’s largest orthopedic practice to essentially hold a monopoly over procedures in Kent County.

GRAND RAPIDS — Trinity Health and four surgeons want a federal court to invalidate non-compete agreements with Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan, claiming they allow the market’s largest orthopedic practice to essentially hold a monopoly over procedures in Kent County.

Anew deal with Corewell Health West extends Lansing-based Physicians Health Plan’s care network into West Michigan.

CALEDONIA TWP. — Davenport University plans to ramp up academic programs to bring more professionals into the mental health field.

The financial pressures that have many U.S. hospitals and health systems operating at a loss also are battering the finances for physician practices nationwide.

CALEDONIA — Aspen Surgical Products Inc. has named Steve Blazejewski as CEO as part of an executive succession plan. 

The blockbuster merger of Spectrum Health and Beaumont Health in February of 2022 created a monthslong process, including a couple of name changes, to merge the two large health systems. 

Constance Brown Hearing Centers will become part of Bronson Healthcare next week, allowing for easier collaboration and follow-up care between the two organizations.

Larger employers are taking a broader view of their employee benefits. Rather than consider health benefits separate from other benefits, they now look at them together as an entire package in the total compensation they offer.

Tina Freese Decker led the blockbuster 2022 merger between Grand Rapids-based Spectrum Heath and Beaumont Health in Southfield that created Corewell Health, the largest in-state health system in Michigan with 22 hospitals and about 64,000 employees.

Health systems across Michigan head toward 2023 facing major financial headwinds from an intensifying worker shortage that has sharply driven up labor costs that cut hard into their bottom lines.

The new contract with Sparrow Health System provides an opportunity for Priority Health to carve out a much larger presence in the Lansing-area market, although growth may not come easily.

A new contract with Sparrow Health in Lansing fills a notable hole in Priority Health’s care network across the Lower Peninsula.

Unionized nurses at Ascension Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo will vote this week on a proposed tentative contract.

LANSING — University of Michigan Health will extend further across the state with the acquisition of Lansing-based Sparrow Health.

GRAND RAPIDS — Bob Von Kaenel, a longtime executive at Kentwood Office Furniture and Herman Miller Inc., has been named the new president and CEO of nonprofit health care services provider Hope Network.

Ascension Borgess Hospital nurses have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike if needed to secure a new union contract.

University of Michigan Health-West plans to build a new, larger health center in Wayland to expand care offerings in an underserved area.

The $3.9 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act funding that Network180 received from Kent County will help support mental health care services for people in a crisis.

University of Michigan Health-West will help nursing students at Grand Rapids Community College pay for their training through a new partnership designed to address an acute nursing shortage.

A Grand Rapids medical device startup aims to launch into the market in early 2023 with a new material for spinal and orthopedic implants.

GRAND RAPIDS — Corewell Health wants to temporarily add capacity at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids to handle a surge in young patients with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

Health Alliance Plan has extended its care network on the west side of the state under new contracts with care providers.

More than $100 million in state and federal assistance accounted for much of Corewell Health’s operating margin during the first nine months of 2022, as results narrowed amid higher labor costs.

Employment in Michigan’s life sciences sector grew by 5.6 percent from 2018 to 2021 to 44,340 jobs, ranking the state among the top 15 in the nation for industry size.

Federal regulators have delayed a planned review for Perrigo Co. plc’s birth control pill to “review additional information requested,” company officials announced today.

GRAND RAPIDS — The advanced medical technology behind BAMF Health Inc.’s new Grand Rapids clinic offers great promise in diagnosing and treating cancer.

Greater competition in the West Michigan health care market for cardiac surgery has arrived with University of Michigan Health-West performing its first open-heart procedure.

The health system that temporarily took on the BHSH System moniker following the blockbuster merger earlier this year between Spectrum Health and Beaumont Health is now known as Corewell Health.

GRAND RAPIDS — The $1 million raised from investors brings The Patient Co. closer to the marketplace for a device designed to assist nurses and other care providers in safely moving patients.