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U-M Health System and Chelsea Community Hospital expand arrangement to better serve patients
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In an effort to better use local health care resources in Washtenaw County and offer more patients convenient care, the University of Michigan Health System is expanding its inpatient services at Chelsea Community Hospital.

The initiative will allow more UMHS patients who live on the western side of Washtenaw County the choice to receive inpatient care from a U-M-led team closer to home at Chelsea Community Hospital.

This expanded relationship, which is part of the broader UMHS-Trinity Health-Michigan affiliation, will allow the two entities to share resources and ensure patients receive care in a location that’s convenient to them. The agreement between UMHS and Trinity Health-Michigan paved the way for closer cooperation between the two health systems to benefit patients around the state.

The announcement also comes just as Chelsea Community Hospital celebrates a historic milestone with the opening of its new facility this year.

“This opportunity builds on our existing strong relationship with Chelsea Community Hospital and allows us to coordinate resources for the benefit of patients,” says Tony Denton, chief operating officer of the U-M Hospitals and Health Centers, and executive director of University Hospitals at the U-M Health System. “We recognize that many patients travel from farther distances for their care, and we are pleased to offer them more choices to improve their experience.”

“This is one example of how two strong health systems can work together to provide excellent care. We will continue to explore similar opportunities for collaboration.”

“We have enjoyed a long-standing relationship with U-M Health System, and are pleased to take it to this next level,” says Nancy Graebner, President and CEO of Chelsea Community Hospital. “It’s a natural fit for us to collaborate with our U-M partners to ensure patients receive the most convenient, accessible care close to home.”

“Patients and their families will truly benefit from this partnership,” says Brad Wylie, Chief of Staff at CCH. “We are pleased to be providing this advantage to patients in the communities we serve.”

UMHS doctors and outpatient health centers serve thousands of patients who reside in communities such as Chelsea, West Ann Arbor, Saline, Briarwood, Dexter and Pinckney. Patients have the choice to receive emergency care and adult hospitalization for select general medical conditions in Chelsea instead of commuting to UMHS’s main medical campus.

Patients’ primary health care providers will help them determine whether UMHS inpatient care at Chelsea Community Hospital is an appropriate option for them. Those who opt for services in Chelsea will be under the care of the UMHS Family Medicine physician team. Follow-up care will be continued by their primary physicians.

The agreement between UMHS and Trinity Health-Michigan has opened the door to initiatives to work together on specific opportunities to address areas that include inpatient hospital capacity, high-complexity care for the most seriously ill patients, children’s care, cancer care, physician training and hiring, clinical research and support services such as information technology.