Lakeland Health has joined five other leading Michigan health systems to form a Clinically Integrated Network (CIN). This network includes Allegiance Health (Jackson), Bronson Healthcare (Kalamazoo), Covenant HealthCare (Saginaw), Lakeland Health (St. Joseph), MidMichigan Health (Midland) and Sparrow Health System (Lansing). Each of the organizations will continue to operate independently. Together, they can offer the size, scale and scope to develop and deploy evidence-based best practices. Together they will create a unique care delivery model aimed at keeping people well and providing greater value to patients.
A 12-member Board of Managers was appointed to provide strategic direction for the network. Physicians from the member systems make up half of the board and CEOs from the member systems, the remaining half. The Board of Managers has elected Dennis Swan, President and CEO of Sparrow Health System, to serve as Chairperson. Loren Hamel MD, President and CEO of Lakeland Health, will serve the network’s board as Vice Chairperson, and represent the Lakeland organization along with Ken O’Neill, MD, Vice President of Clinical Integration for Lakeland Health.
Critical to the success of the network will be the physician-led, data-driven approach to sharing best practices across the state. This will allow all members to reduce variations in care, lower total healthcare costs and improve the health of patients and communities statewide. Over the next few months, the network’s Board of Managers will work to set priorities and develop an administrative structure for the network. Eventually, the Board will engage physician champions to lead various committees. It is an exciting new endeavor for the health systems involved and for their patients.