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Hospital names VP of accountable care and medical informatics

March 16, 2016
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Andrew Haig
Andrew Haig. Courtesy Mary Free Bed

A doctor with experience as a consultant and professor is the new vice president of accountable care and medical informatics at a local hospital.

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital in Grand Rapids said last month that it has appointed Dr. Andrew Haig to the role.

The role

Haig will be responsible for developing accountable care and value-based care strategies for the hospital’s business and 26 network partners by aligning integrated relationships with external physicians and group practices, hospitals and health systems and insurance networks.

He will also establish data-driven performance metrics for clinical outcomes, financial objectives and provider, patient and payer satisfaction.

The position encompasses a range of strategic services that require planning and analysis for a broad array of complex clinical and logistical issues.

Kent Riddle, Mary Free Bed CEO, said Mary Free Bed is lucky to have Haig on the team.

“Dr. Haig is world-renowned for his expertise in the field of rehabilitation and a recognized leader in research, education and clinical care,” Riddle said.

Haig called Mary Free Bed a “rising star” in American rehabilitation.

“I came to visit Mary Free Bed and was blown away by the quality and the culture of community involvement and the dedication to the disability community,” Haig said. 

Haig's background

Haig is professor emeritus of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Michigan and president of Haig et al. Consulting in Ann Arbor, a quality-care group that builds medical rehabilitation programs.

At U-M, Haig’s clinical focus is on spinal disorders, electrodiagnosis of nerve diseases and cancer rehabilitation. He also has broad experience in pediatric rehabilitation, sports medicine and telemedicine.

He has also received the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation’s Distinguished Clinician Award.

He founded the University of Michigan Spine Program and is founding president of the International Rehabilitation Forum, a nonprofit consortium with more than 20 academic partners that builds medical rehabilitation programs in low-resource areas.

Haig is on the editorial board of five medical journals and is editor of an American College of Physicians textbook on back pain.

He has been a featured speaker at conferences and events around the world and has served as a consultant to foreign governments, global corporations, universities and health care systems.

His work has been recognized with dozens of research awards, including the Rosenthal Lectureship and membership in the International Society for Study of the Lumbar Spine.

Haig is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the Medical College of Wisconsin, where he is also a volunteer professor. He completed his specialty training at Northwestern University’s Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

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