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Modern Healthcare Spotlights Success Story in Detroit

September 30, 2015 | FAH Hospital Policy Blog Team

Category: Health Care Delivery, Realignment

In a Q&A piece this week, Modern Healthcare highlights the work of Joe Mullany, CEO of the Detroit Medical Center (DMC), a successful nine-hospital system owned and operated by Tenet Healthcare. The DMC represents one of the more than 1,000 hospital members of the Federation of American Hospitals.

In the piece, Mullany discusses the important role the DMC and Tenet have made in improving care and strengthening the communities in and around Detroit, following its acquisition in 2011:

  • More than half a billion dollars in technology investments
  • Investments in primary care as part of critical care services
  • Reducing readmission rates
  • Improving quality scores

Mullany also explains that this health system faces unique challenges as well due to its location in an economically distressed community:

“Detroit has had high unemployment, so our population has a lot of unserved needs. Historically, they have gotten their treatment through emergency rooms. We see over 100,000 patients a year in our three emergency rooms. Through an innovation grant, we are baking into our emergency rooms basic primary-care clinics, which include social work, behavioral health, primary-care doctors and nurse practitioners. Once patients come into the ER, they get moved over into a primary-care type setting, get worked up, and then all future care gets referred out to primary care in our community.”

FAH is proud of the work of Tenet Healthcare hospitals. The Detroit Medical Center is one strong example of the benefits of hospital realignment. The system is able to improve in many ways, and most importantly, keep its doors open to serve its community.