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Burcham Hills®, Dobie Road name post-acute network director

Friday, July 14, 2017  
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In their continued effort to collaborate to provide health care services to mid-Michigan, Burcham Hills of East Lansing and Dobie Road (Ingham County Medical Care Facility on Dobie Road) of Okemos announce the creation of a new leadership position that will serve both organizations.

Barbara Smith, former director of quality and strategy at Burcham Hills, will assume the role of director of the Post-Acute Network for the two organizations with responsibility for expanding their engagement with acute care providers on care management strategies.

“As the only two not-for-profit providers in the area,” says Pam Ditri, Burcham Hills executive director, “we believe that coming together to solve many of the service challenges we both face was a smart move for both organizations.”

Dobie Road’s CEO and administrator Mark Stevens echoes the collaboration benefits.

“Expanding our collaboration with Burcham Hills through the new position enables both entities to reach an ever growing number of people in need of person-centered care.”

The shared position is the next step in an effort that began more than a year ago to enhance the quality and value of health care services for mid-Michigan residents.  Collectively, the two organizations offer all levels of care from independent residential, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and complex post-acute care.

Prior to joining Burcham Hills in 2012, Smith was a project specialist for the non-profit organization MPRO, where she advanced initiatives to improve quality of care in skilled nursing homes and health care providers across the state.  Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Central Michigan University and a master’s degree in organizational leadership and administration from Concordia University.  She is a graduate of the Patient Safety Improvement Corp sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. 

Dobie Road, established in 1844, is a 236-bed short-term, sub-acute rehabilitation center with long-term and memory care and outpatient therapy, located on Dobie Road.  Founded in 1974, Burcham Hills®, a not-for-profit, Life Plan Community, offers quality independent living, assisted living and memory care in The Resident Center at Burcham Hills, and short-term rehabilitation and skilled nursing care in The Center for Health & Rehabilitation at Burcham Hills.  Burcham Hills also offers onsite physical, occupational and speech therapy to the public in The Outpatient Therapy Clinic at Burcham Hills.


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