Health Care

First half revenues fell well below BHSH System’s projections as major losses in Southeast Michigan were offset by gains in West Michigan. 

That’s according to a new quarterly report that sheds light on the finances of the largest in-state health care provider created by the merger of Beaumont Health and Spectrum Health earlier this year.

Ascension Michigan has named Dr. Thomas Rohs as president and CEO of the health system’s southwest region, overseeing hospitals in Kalamazoo, Plainwell, Allegan and Dowagiac, as well as other care centers across the market.

GRAND RAPIDS — BHSH System Spectrum Health West Michigan began work today on a new $37 million rehabilitation and nursing center in Grand Rapids.

BHSH System, the parent corporation of Spectrum Health in West Michigan and the largest in-state health system, will “continue to provide reproductive health care to our communities” as a legal case continues on a 91-year-old law banning most abortions in Michigan.

The trade group representing more than 15,000 Michigan physicians is raising concerns for its members following a state Court of Appeals ruling allowing county prosecutors to pursue criminal charges in most abortion cases under a 1931 law.

Recent announcements of two new pediatric care centers in Grand Rapids signal a heightened push for collaboration with other health care providers from BHSH System’s Spectrum Health West Michigan.

GRAND RAPIDS — Network180 and Trinity Health Saint Mary’s will get $5 million from the state to support their planned mental health crisis stabilization center.

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services plans a new $62 million pediatric center to address what CEO Mark Eastburg calls the “crushing need” for mental health treatment among children and adolescents.

GRAND RAPIDS — BHSH Spectrum Health West Michigan begins construction today on a new 12-story outpatient medical center in downtown Grand Rapids.

Megan Erskine is overseeing Catherine’s Health Center’s planned expansions in Kent County three months after settling in as CEO.

GRAND RAPIDS — Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital and Spectrum Health’s DeVos Children’s Hospital plan to build the state’s first children’s rehabilitation hospital in Grand Rapids.

The $50 million earmarked for Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services this year is part of a new state budget that steers hundreds of millions of dollars in public funding to improve access to behavioral health care and increase capacity.

Individuals who buy their own health insurance would pay an average of 6.2 percent more for coverage next year under insurance carriers’ recent rate filings with state regulators.

A Q&A with Curtis Gritters, vice president of development at Holland Home

More than half of America’s population lost their constitutional right to bodily autonomy on June 24 — a decision that kicked off the U.S. Supreme Court’s likely effort to take away additional fundamental rights from the country’s most disenfranchised citizens.

The state will allocate $11 million to keep Sturgis Hospital open under a budget deal between top lawmakers and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

The first dean of Calvin University’s new School of Health seeks to expand academic offerings and further build partnerships with local care providers.

The pending sale of Hope Network’s neuro rehabilitation business to a large, national care provider comes as the Grand Rapids-based nonprofit seeks to expand further into mental health care.

Sturgis Hospital could close next month if it is unable to secure new funding or find a buyer, executives recently disclosed to the state.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has renewed her request for the Michigan Supreme Court to immediately consider her lawsuit to determine whether abortion is protected under the state’s constitution.

BHSH System — the company formed out of the merger of Spectrum Health and Beaumont Health — reinstated its abortion policy over the weekend after initial confusion following the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed legislation that is designed to better enable large employers to bid out their employee health coverage.

The U.S. Supreme Court decision last week overturning a landmark, 50-year-old ruling that legalized abortion could boost sales of a new oral, over-the-counter contraceptive drug that Perrigo Co. plc plans to bring to the market.

BHSH System has reinstated its policy of performing abortions in “medically necessary” situations roughly 24 hours after saying it would only do so if the mother’s life was at risk.

Jeff Fortenbacher believes Access Health is ready for the national stage and to help the smallest of U.S. small businesses afford employee health coverage.

Legislation clearing an easier path for North Ottawa Community Health System to possibly merge into Trinity Health has cleared the Legislature and now awaits Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s signature.

A joint venture between Trinity Health and Havenwyck Hospital Inc. will soon begin construction on a new psychiatric hospital in southwestern Kent County after securing final state approval.

PORTAGE — Pfizer Inc. will invest $120 million in Kalamazoo County to increase production of the antiviral medication Paxlovid that’s used to treat COVID-19.

Becoming part of a national network of oncology practices gives Cancer & Hematology Centers of Western Michigan access to clinical and operational expertise.

Michigan’s two largest health insurers again seek to raise small business rates for 2023 as medical claims rise and pandemic-related costs are considered for the first time.

Health Alliance Plan filled a significant gap in its West Michigan care provider network with a new deal with BHSH Spectrum Health West Michigan.

Michigan slipped six spots in RAND Corp.’s latest analysis of what hospitals in the U.S. charge private health insurers compared to what they receive from Medicare.

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services’ psychiatric urgent care center has served more than 13,500 patients since opening in 2019, a volume that exceeded expectations and accelerated as the COVID-19 pandemic took a toll on mental health.

Michigan ranked fifth in the nation for patient safety as more than three-quarters of hospitals in the state received an “A” or a “B” grade, according to the latest installment of a semi-annual report card.

GRAND RAPIDS — More than a decade after performing the first adult heart transplant in Grand Rapids, Spectrum Health West Michigan wants to extend the procedure to children.

The union representing registered nurses at Trinity Health Muskegon has agreed to terms on a new contract with the health system that will pay them higher wages as well as retention and other one-time bonuses.

GRAND RAPIDS — Spectrum Health recorded a smaller bottom line for 2021 as health systems nationally were ailing from COVID-19 case surges and staff shortages that drove up labor costs. 

 A Q&A with Dr. Scott Betzelos, chief medical officer and vice president of HMO strategy and affordability at Blue Care Network

The merger between Spectrum Health and Beaumont Health created a larger network from which Scott McLean can source deals.

Anew partnership between Grand Valley State University and BHSH System to increase the talent pipeline for nurses could lead to a series of similar efforts as health care and higher education officials seek to resolve an urgent staffing crisis.

ALLENDALE — University of Michigan Health-West has opened a new outpatient medical center in Allendale.

Hospitals, physician groups and other care facilities owned and operated by Trinity Health in Michigan will change their names as the health system transitions to a common brand identity.

GRAND RAPIDS — BHSH System will put $19 million toward increasing the talent pipeline for nurses who earn their degree at Grand Valley State University, officials announced today.

Bringing North Ottawa Community Health System into the family would give Mercy Health a larger base in an Ottawa County market that was once the home of three independent community hospitals and has become a battleground for far bigger competitors.

University of Michigan Health-West remains on track to perform its first open-heart surgery by late fall.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed legislation that reforms how physicians and hospitals seek prior authorization from health insurers for patient care.

CALEDONIA — Aspen Surgical Products Inc. has received additional capital from Boston-based Audax Private Equity to support further growth.

Executives at North Ottawa Community Health System and Trinity Health, the Livonia-based parent company of Mercy Health, have signed a non-binding letter of intent to explore the potential of a merger between the two systems.