Health Care

KALAMAZOO — Two deals that closed in recent weeks typify medical device firm Stryker Corp.’s acquisition strategy.

Affiliating with the University of Michigan Health System nearly two years ago gave Metro Health a partner to grow and become a larger player in the West Michigan health care market.

HOLLAND — Venture capital fund Cultivate(MD) Capital Fund II LP of Holland has invested in Medical Ingenuities LLC, a Wheaton, Ill.-based early-stage medical device company.

GRAND RAPIDS — A new agreement for collaboration formalizes ties and sets the foundation for Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital and Spectrum Health to work closer together.

GRAND RAPIDS — The psychiatric urgent care center that Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services plans to open next spring represents the first step toward broadening access to behavioral health care across West Michigan.

If the national numbers are any indication, employers can generally expect to pay moderately more to provide employee health coverage next year, although any increase comes on top of a cost that is already higher than ever.

MUSKEGON — As the first phase of a $291 million expansion and renovation project at the Mercy Hospital campus begins to open, Mercy Health wants to start gathering ideas for the future of the Hackley Hospital campus a few miles away.

More hospitals than ever in Michigan earned a top grade in a semi-annual report card on patient safety.

Spectrum Health and Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital are forming a “deeper relationship” to work together on research and coordinating patient care.

GRAND RAPIDS — With a new project, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital and the University of Michigan are laying the foundation for further research collaborations. 

GRAND RAPIDS — A new women’s health center Metro Health-University of Michigan Health System plans to open later this year will increase patients’ access to care in eastern Kent County. 

GRAND RAPIDS — Spectrum Health’s venture capital arm joined other groups to invest $20 million into a California company that developed a medical device to accurately measure blood loss during surgeries and births.

Grand Valley State University plans to begin work next week on a $70 million addition to its health campus along Michigan Street east of downtown.

Acquiring Lakeland Health solidly positions Spectrum Health in a new market in Southwest Michigan.

Two trade groups debuted a new association health plan for Michigan small businesses as employers prepare to enter the annual open enrollment period for 2019 health insurance policies.

Associate professor of psychology Director of the Sleep and Learning Lab, Michigan State University  

The association health plan created by two trade groups representing small businesses in Michigan offers a new option for employers to consider for their employee health benefits.

Grand Valley State University today signed an agreement that allows students who want to pursue a medical career to apply early to the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, also known as WMed.

Dr. David Baumgartner will serve as interim president of Mercy Health Saint Mary’s until a successor is hired to replace departing President Bill Manns.

Lakeland Health today became a part of Grand Rapids-based Spectrum Health as the two finalized a merger agreement.

The $8 million that Innovative Cardiovascular Solutions LLC wants to raise in a new capital round would support completion of a clinical trial in Europe and pay for an upcoming U.S. trial.

Bronson Healthcare plans to design and build a new $22 million community hospital around the trends occurring within the health care industry and the Southwest Michigan market.

By restructuring its health care operations, Michigan State University’s medical schools hope to accelerate medical innovations by partnering with the private sector.

Federal rules issued this summer widen an avenue for small businesses to offer employee health benefits by making it easier for them to unite to form an association health plan.

Bill Manns’ pending departure from Mercy Health Saint Mary’s to run sister hospitals in Southeast Michigan came about as the result of both a professional and personal decision.

More than 2,600 Michigan residents died in 2017 from an opioid overdose. That’s an increase of more than 80 percent over the last five years, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nationally, the CDC reports that more than 42,000 people died in 2016 from drug overdoses that involved opioids, obtained both legally and illegally. Benefits firm Hylant Group Inc. recently published a risk assessment scorecard on opioids for employers. MiBiz spoke with Guylaine Donavan, a client executive and vice president at Hylant’s Grand Rapids office, about the opioid epidemic.

WYOMING — Dr. Peter Hahn brings a first to the CEO position at Metro Health – University of Michigan Health System: a background as a physician.

GRAND RAPIDS — A new business arm gives Spectrum Health the ability to delve deeper into commercializing medical innovations alongside other health systems across the nation.

Before Spectrum Health grew into what it has become today, Rick Breon first had to tackle a fundamental issue that he saw standing in the way: culture.

GRAND RAPIDS — Spectrum Health and a Colorado company have reached an agreement to settle a federal lawsuit over use of the MedNow name for telehealth services.

Spectrum Health is asking a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a Denver-area company that alleged the West Michigan-based MedNow telemedicine service infringes on its trademark.

GRAND HAVEN — A deal for North Ottawa Community Health System’s medical group raises Mercy Health’s presence in the growing Ottawa County market where it’s been investing for a few years.

Health insurance premiums for many small employers would dip in 2019 under rate proposals filed with state regulators.

GRAND RAPIDS — After building a solid membership base in the first year, Spectrum Health wants to grow its downtown primary care practice by appealing directly to employers.

LANSING — The Michigan Retailers Association wanted to offer its members a way to keep good employees in an industry that frequently struggles with high turnover.

ST. JOSEPH — Knowing the business wouldn’t get any easier, directors at Lakeland Health decided the best route into the future was to pursue a deal with another health system.

GRAND RAPIDS — Tina Freese Decker takes over as president and CEO at Spectrum Health later this summer as the health care industry adapts to a combination of changes. 

Spectrum Health’s potential acquisition of Lakeland Health could possibly provide a boost for Priority Health to pick up business in the Southwest Michigan market. 

HUDSONVILLE — The newest Meijer Inc. store in West Michigan includes a first for the region: a retail-based medical clinic operated by Spectrum Health.

GRAND RAPIDS — Creating a level playing field for people of color in Michigan who want to pursue careers in the health care sector will lay the foundation for their success and the state’s future economic growth. 

UV Partners Inc. developed a device that targets one of the most stubborn problems in health care: infections acquired in the hospital that sicken or kill thousands of patients annually. When Nelson Jacobson and executives at JSJ Corp. met last year with their counterparts at UV Partners, he quickly saw the device’s market potential. 

Chris Blanker has acquired the assets of Michigan Instruments in Grand Rapids.

Priority Health’s drive for greater consumerism in health care moved another step ahead in recent months with the addition of prescription drugs to the insurer’s online cost estimator. 

Rates for 2019 individual health insurance policies for Priority Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan offer a stark contrast to prior years, as well as national averages for policy rate increases.

Michigan would join nearly twodozen other states and begin regulating the emerging field of genetic counseling under a bill moving through the Legislature. 

GRAND RAPIDS — Spectrum Health has committed $7.5 million to a new Chicago-based venture capital fund that backs emerging heath care technologies.

A massive, 10-year national initiative that includes Spectrum Health seeks to change how patients are cared for in America. The National Institutes for Health’s All of Us Research Program seeks to enroll more than 1 million adults and collect information on their health, environment and lifestyles. The program gives researchers and care providers a vast pool of data on what influences human health. The NIH wants to create a research model that accelerates “precision medicine,” where wellness strategies, medical treatments and disease management programs are tailored to the individual and what works best in each specific case. Spectrum Health is one of two organizations in Michigan along with Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System that is partnering with about 100 groups in All of Us, which begins enrolling participants this summer. Dave Chesla, director of research operations at Spectrum Health, spoke with MiBiz about the research project.

GRAND RAPIDS — A deal with a business unit of national commercial health insurance carrier Cigna Corp. enables Priority Health to offer employers with employees outside of Michigan a far broader care network.