Leaders of Sparrow Health System and Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital have signed a memorandum of understanding for HGB to become a formal affiliate of Sparrow during a three-year transition period.
The memorandum of understanding, signed Monday, formalizes the existing relationship and furthers a regional approach to community health by expanding services throughout Eaton County to meet the growing needs of Patients.
The organizations have worked under a nonexclusive affiliation agreement for four years and will continue to build on many successes to date, including collaborating on heart attack and stroke emergency care, expanding cardiology services, and establishing a hospitalist program. Sparrow and HGB have also implemented operational improvements, quality and safety initiatives, and enhanced the Patient experience, and provided more community education opportunities.
“As a formal affiliate, we will further leverage the strength of HGB while assuring long-term sustainability of care close to home for Patients, ” said Matthew W. Rush, HGB President and CEO. “Over the next few years, we will merge investments to grow and integrate clinical services, implement new information technology and optimize operations – all of which assures sustainability and creates more value for those we serve.”
Additionally, a community fund of $1 million will be established as part of the new affiliation agreement to support community health and vitality efforts in Eaton County.
“We look forward to building upon the success Sparrow and Hayes Green Beach have achieved these past four years,” said Dennis Swan, President and CEO, Sparrow Health System. “As we seek to develop stronger clinical integration among providers in the region to benefit the people of Eaton County, working more closely will be integral in delivering high quality care to our shared Patients.”