Health Care

KALAMAZOO — Ascension Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo asked for emergency approval Wednesday to add 105 beds in anticipation of a surge in COVID-19 patients.

Trinity Health, the parent corporation of Mercy Health, plans to temporarily furlough about 2,500 mostly non-clinical employees over the next few weeks.

KALAMAZOO — Medical device maker Stryker Corp. expects the growing push to defer elective surgeries as health care organizations deal with a rush of COVID-19 patients to have “a significant negative impact” on its operations and financial performance. 

Michigan State University wants to get medical and nursing students who are ready to graduate into the field early to contribute to the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hospitals in the region plan to add hundreds of beds in anticipation of a surge of patients from the COVID-19 pandemic, MiBiz has learned.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s latest executive order grants hospitals and other care providers greater flexibility in how they use staff and students to treat COVID-19 patients.

Since the beginning of the coronavirus and COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals and other health care providers have urged people with symptoms to use telemedicine first to connect with a doctor.

The abrupt disruption in daily routines and work lives has surely raised the anxiety level for people, on top of what they may already feel from the COVID-19 pandemic.

GRAND RAPIDS — Spectrum Health has moved beds and equipment into Grand Valley State University’s Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences in preparation for a surge in patients from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The state now asks businesses and residents to donate essential medical supplies and protective gear to hospitals and other care providers.

GRAND RAPIDS — Spectrum Health and Metro Health today became the latest health systems to appeal for donation of medical supplies.

In issuing today’s order for residents to stay home and non-essential businesses to close, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer seeks to give hospitals a better chance to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

KALAMAZOO — Bronson Healthcare intends to open four locations today in the Kalamazoo area to accept donations of personal protective equipment and disinfecting supplies.

GRAND RAPIDS — Spectrum Health is seeking items like face masks and hand sanitizer in light of a national shortage of personal protective equipment for hospital workers and patients due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Gov. Gretchen Whitemer’s latest executive order on the coronavirus pandemic would give hospitals greater ability to ramp up capacity and open temporary centers to care for a surge in patients.

KALAMAZOO — Bronson Healthcare today cancelled all elective surgeries and procedures beginning Wednesday in an attempt to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

GRAND RAPIDS — Spectrum Health, one of the largest providers of health care in Michigan, today cancelled all non-urgent and non-emergency patient appointments, procedures and surgeries for the next two weeks.

GRAND RAPIDS — The Kent County Health Department on Sunday ordered restaurants, bars, fitness centers and entertainment venues to reduce their maximum occupancies by 50 percent.

GRAND RAPIDS — Spectrum Health Ventures LLC’s latest investment follows a new corporate strategy from its parent health system to buy locally more often.

Strong investment income lifted earnings in 2019 for the state’s two largest health insurers, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Priority Health.

An updated state estimate on the need for more nursing home beds has led operators to propose dozens of projects in Michigan that call for hundreds of new beds.

GRAND RAPIDS — At $6.9 billion in revenue for its most recent fiscal year, Spectrum Health holds significant economic clout and buying power in the Michigan economy.

GRAND RAPIDS — Spectrum Health this weekend opened a drive-up location to collect specimens from people who have been referred by a physician for a test for the Coronavirus and COVID-19.

Hospitals have a range of options to adjust for an influx of patients who contract the coronavirus and require hospitalization, a statewide trade group said this week.

GRAND RAPIDS — Drug developer Tetra Therapeutics has secured a new equity investment from Japanese pharmaceutical company Shionogi & Co. Ltd.

LANSING — Construction management firm The Christman Co. has acquired MEDCO Construction, the construction arm of Dallas-based health system Baylor Scott & White Health.

Strong investment income lifted health insurer Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to higher earnings across all business lines in 2019.

Spectrum Health Ventures LLC’s latest investment went to a Grand Rapids tech company that provides an in-room, interactive platform to give information for hospitalized patients.

ELMONT — A Grand Rapids-area software company that uses artificial intelligence to help health care providers monitor and maintain their facilities and equipment plans to scale operations with the backing of nearly $1.3 million in capital raised from investors.

GRAND RAPIDS — Two years after forming a specialty medical practice to prevent leg amputations via a procedure he developed, Dr. Jihad Mustapha is ready to begin growing the care model well beyond West Michigan.

ALLEGAN — Perrigo Co. plc “hit on all cylinders” in the fourth quarter as sales growth picked up toward the end of 2019.

ALLEGAN — Perrigo Co. plc plans to buy the oral product line from Stamford, Conn.-based High Ridge Brands Inc., which filed for bankruptcy in December.

Bills altering Michigan’s certificate-of-need regulations for the health care industry have cleared their first hurdle, although two key reform proposals were held back from action.

KALAMAZOO — Bronson Healthcare Group plans to develop a new $21 million outpatient surgical center for orthopedic cases.

HOLLAND — Shoulder Innovations Inc. intends to use $2.2 million in capital raised from investors to support the launch of a new shoulder implant device that recently received regulatory approval, plus develop new products.

Core elements of the federal Affordable Care Act could become state law if legislators in Lansing enact proposals backed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

GRAND RAPIDS — Insurance broker Acrisure LLC pledged $15 million to Spectrum Health to create a virtual innovation center for children’s health.

KALAMAZOO — Stryker Corp. grew earnings nearly 9 percent in the fourth quarter, providing what Chairman and CEO Kevin Lobo called an “excellent finish” to the year.

GRAND RAPIDS — Agreements to manage inpatient rehabilitation units at two hospitals in northern Indiana are part of Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital’s strategy to extend care beyond Michigan.

KALAMAZOO — Bill Manns returns to Western Michigan this spring when he becomes the new president and CEO at Bronson Healthcare in Kalamazoo.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan joined with 17 other Blues plans across the country to invest in Civica Rx, a company formed in 2018 by a consortium of large health systems to produce generic drugs used in hospitals.

GRAND RAPIDS — After finalizing a property deal with Gill Industries Inc., Spectrum Health is moving forward with plans to build a new office building on the north end of downtown that will consolidate 1,200 employees at a single location and house a training and learning center.

Care providers behind a new regional cancer treatment network hope the partnership raises the quality of the cancer care they provide.

Grand Valley State University’s annual Health Check research report provides a wealth of granular data on trends that are affecting the West Michigan market. 

ALLEGAN — The transformation plan President and CEO Murray Kessler put in place last spring to return Perrigo Co. plc to revenue and earnings growth appears to have gained traction late in 2019, based on preliminary results for the fourth quarter.

GRAND RAPIDS — Grand Rapids Cardiology has merged with Advanced Cardiac & Vascular Centers for Amputation Prevention PLC, also Grand Rapids.

KENTWOOD — A Chicago private equity firm formed last year to invest in medical practices around the Midwest cuts it first deal with an investment in Grand Health Partners.

GRAND RAPIDS — Priority Health said Monday that it closed on the acquisition of Total Health Care Inc., a Detroit-based HMO.