Otsego County hospital partners with DeVos Childrens Hospital

August 7, 2011
| By Pete Daly |
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Otsego Memorial Hospital in Gaylord has joined the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Partners in Children’s Health, becoming the 31st hospital to affiliate with the new children’s hospital in Grand Rapids. The partnership is designed to bring hospitals together to improve access to pediatric specialty services and continuing professional education throughout a large part of Michigan.

“We are pleased to have been offered the option to join 30 other Michigan hospitals in becoming a partner in practice with Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital,” said Diane Fisher, vice president of Patient Care Services at Otsego Memorial Hospital. “This opportunity provides OMH with access to a regional system of health care for children, assistance with quality initiatives, and continuing medical, nursing and community education.”

As part of the affiliation agreement, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital offers assistance with quality initiatives, clinical outreach and pediatric-specific continuing medical education programming for the hospitals’ pediatricians and other clinical staff members. The affiliation also provides an opportunity for periodic community education programs and advocacy for children’s health and safety in Gaylord.

“The agreement provides a framework to work together to strengthen pediatric care in Gaylord and the surrounding community,” said Bob Connors, M.D., president of Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. “The partnership connects Otsego Memorial Hospital to a regional system of care for children, dedicated to providing care close to home and linking the hospital to a comprehensive children’s hospital.”

Otsego Memorial Hospital is an independent, fully accredited primary and secondary care facility located in Otsego County along the I-75 corridor. The total service area of OMH encompasses nine communities and more than 40,000 people — more when counting the summer resort population. The medical staff includes more than 120 physicians in 28 medical specialties, plus 46 acute care beds. The first hospital in Gaylord was opened in 1951 by the Otsego County Memorial Hospital Association.

Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, a 440,000-square-foot facility that is part of Spectrum Health, serves children throughout the state. A teaching hospital, it has nearly 200 pediatric physicians trained in more than 50 pediatric programs and specialties.

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