U of M and Metro Health OK affiliation

Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming.

WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — Metro Health is expected to join the University of Michigan Health System by the end of the year.

Plans for the affiliation were announced in June. Thursday, officials with both institutions approved the affiliation agreement. It still needs final regulatory approvals before it’s completed.

According to Metro Health CEO Michael Faas, the two organizations coming together will help patients reach more medical services and increase health care innovation in West Michigan.

A Thursday release said that members of Metro Health boards and committees will keep their seats after the affiliation goes through, working with U of M teams.

There was previously a plan for Metro to merge with a for-profit hospital out of Tennessee, but that was called off in August of last year.

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