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Joining forces

Regional healthcare providers collaborate to provide world-class care

 

Partnerships are a growing trend in the healthcare industry. In the Greater Lansing area, this means the very best care is provided when and where patients need it most.

In the last year Sparrow Health System, the region’s largest healthcare provider, has worked with other providers in the region to enhance collaboration and improve the patient experience. For example, Sparrow is the first and only Michigan-based member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network (MCCN)—one of the first five health systems in the nation to be selected to participate in this prestigious network.

“Membership in the MCCN is an example of Sparrow’s commitment to seeking new ways to partner with quality care providers to take the lead in fundamentally transforming healthcare in Michigan,” said Stella Cash, Vice President of Development & Strategic Partnerships at Sparrow Health System.

As part of the network, Sparrow providers have access to the latest Mayo clinic knowledge and expertise, clinical care tools and Mayo specialists. The community also benefits from access to Mayo’s online health library.

“Sparrow and Mayo Clinic share a common belief that care should be provided close to home whenever possible,” Cash said. “Most importantly, this collaboration means our patients will receive some of the most advanced care in the nation right here at Sparrow.”

A new advanced inpatient rehabilitation unit is the result of Sparrow’s joint venture with Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital of Grand Rapids. The new unit will provide 40 private patient beds and two therapy gyms. The two hospitals will share the $7 million renovation cost.

McLaren-Greater Lansing operates hospitals, clinics and services throughout the tri-county area. McLaren Health Care significantly expanded cancer care in the region through a recent partnership with the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute at Wayne State University. The collaboration created the largest cancer research and care network in the state.

“This is tremendous news for Karmanos Cancer Institute, its patients and the thousands of individuals and families impacted by cancer in Michigan,” said Gerold Bepler, President & CEO of Karmanos.

McLaren also continues its longstanding partnership with Lansing area Burger Kings to support the McRee Guest House, a home away from home for patients’ families. The annual campaign has helped pay for more than 15,000 overnight stays, renovations and repairs over the years.

Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital, in nearby Charlotte, focuses on one-on-one care. The community hospital recently joined forces with Sparrow on home care services to provide uninterrupted care for patients as they transition to normal life after an illness or injury.

“We are very excited to join with Sparrow to enhance our home health care services,” said Peg Maguire, Hayes Green Beach Home Health Care Director. “This arrangement will improve our reach and increase our resources.”

Eaton Rapids Medical Center (ERMC) is a small, full-service hospital providing personal care. The hospital ranks first among Michigan hospitals for patient satisfaction, based on the most recent Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems. It also rates in the top 2 percent of the best hospitals in the country. ERMC recently partnered with online health information provider A.D.A.M. on a new service called Smart Engage. The service, available through the hospital’s website, provides the best and most trusted information on every- thing from diseases, tests, surgeries, first aid, exercise, nutrition and more.

In another collaborative effort, area hospitals—including Sparrow, McLaren-Greater Lansing, Hayes Green Beach and ERMC—have implemented a new system in conjunction with 19 mid-Michigan first responders to increase patient safety and reduce time to treatment. The new LIFENET technology transmits cardiac patient information from the ambulance for immediate interpretation.

Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine works with communities and hospitals across the state to train one in every six residents and fellows in Michigan. The college sponsors 13 residencies and is affiliated with another 45 residencies in 13 teaching hospitals throughout the state. One of the college’s six community campuses, Lansing is the central location for the college’s clinical services and offers students access to many specialty and sub-specialty rotations. Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine is in the top 11 percent of all medical schools—D.O. and M.D.—for primary care education.

By sharing information and resources, Greater Lansing healthcare systems and providers are able to provide the highest level of medical expertise and care for patients and their families.


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