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Together Health Network names interim CEO and board

July 8, 2014
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Together Health Network names interim CEO and board
Dr. Scott Eathorne. Courtesy Together Health Network

A collaborative health network encompassing providers across West Michigan and the state has named its interim CEO and inaugural board.

Together Health Network said yesterday that Dr. Scott Eathorne will serve as the statewide network’s interim CEO.

Role

Formed in May as collaboration among Ascension Health Michigan, CHE Trinity Health Michigan and physician partners in the state, Together Health Network includes 27 hospitals and more than 5,000 physicians.

Eathorne said the network was established due to changes in delivery of health care, which focus on a coordinated continuum of value-based services rather than only on episodic care.

“Probably the biggest driver behind the formation of the network was the realization that the health care market was changing quickly and that there's need for a new model of care delivery, given the movement from pay for service to pay for value was driving the need for new partnerships to deliver care that was affordable, accessible and certainly available to those most in need,” Eathorne said.

Together Health Network appointed an interim CEO to ensure business practices operate smoothly as a result of being contacted by potential partners and payers.

As interim CEO, Eathorne said a large part of his responsibilities will focus on building on the good work already accomplished and developing relationships among the health systems, as well as the physicians who make up the clinically integrated networks to ensure improved coordination of care.

“This is an exciting time to be defining the ‘new normal’ in delivering health care, to be in a position to help people manage a lifetime of health and well-being,” Eathorne said. “Our provider network is committed to delivering high value to health care, to promoting wellness within our communities and to managing the health of Michiganders on a broad scale.”

Background

Eathorne, a family and athletic medicine physician, most recently served as president and CEO of Partners in Care, which is a partnership between The Physician Alliance and the St. John Providence Health System.

“Obviously, I was quite excited, because this opportunity was quite consistent with my personal beliefs and career goals and being a part of new systems of care that deliver on the triple aim,” Eathorne said.

Eathorne will take a leave of absence from his position as president of Partners in Care, which he has held since its inception in 2011.

Previously, he served as medical director for the Providence Medical Group.

Board

- Dottie Deremo, RN, principal partner, The Deremo Group and Executive Emeritus, Hospice of Michigan
- Dr. Eathorne, who serves on the board in his capacity as interim CEO
- Dr. James Fox, emergency medicine, vice president, Emergency Medicine Specialists, and on staff at St. John Providence Health System
- Michael Gusho, CFO, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
- Gwen MacKenzie, senior vice president, Ascension Health and Michigan market leader
- Dr. Imad Mansoor, internal medicine, chief medical officer, Oakland Physician Network Services, and on staff at Saint Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital
- Patrick McGuire, CFO, Ascension Michigan and executive vice president, St. John Providence Health System
- Rick O’Connell, president of Trinity Health Division and executive vice president of CHE Trinity Health and Chairman of the Together Health Network board
- Dr. Dennis Ramus, family medicine, Bay Area Family Physicians, and on staff at St. John Providence Health System
- Dr. Sridhar Rao, family medicine, Genesys Integrated Group Practice, and on staff at Genesys Regional Medical Center
- Dr. David Steinberger, internal medicine, Infinity Primary Care, and associate program director, Internal Medicine Residency at St. Mary Mercy Livonia
- Dr. Paul Valenstein, clinical pathologist, IHA and president, Saint Joseph Mercy Health Partners Clinically Integrated Network
- Dr. David Van Winkle, family medicine, medical director, Lakeshore Health Network and West Michigan Regional Clinically Integrated Network, and on staff at Mercy Health
- Dr. Stacey Watson, internal medicine, vice president clinical practice and integration, Borgess Health
- Howard Zuckerman, Ph.D, professor (retired), Department of Health Services, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of Washington

Together Health Network

Incorporating the Livonia-based CHE Trinity Health Michigan and Ascension Health Michigan’s network of health providers, Together Health Network includes hospital providers in West Michigan: Mercy Health Hackley Campus, Muskegon; Mercy Health General Campus, Muskegon; Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, Grand Rapids; Mercy Health Mercy Campus, Muskegon; and Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo. Mercy Health Southwest Campus in Byron Center is affiliated with Together Health Network as a major outpatient health center. 

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