Changes for Ascension Michigan?

Yes, changes are on the way for Ascension hospitals in Michigan.

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Ascension is rebranding the 15 hospitals, medical groups, and subsidiaries in Michigan so that all groups will more clearly be associated with the health system.

Why the name changes?

Ascension believes that adding ‘Ascension’ to the names of the healthcare entities will not save costs, but will eliminate confusion as to whether or not a doctor is part of the Ascension network.

Ascension wants to connect all points of care to deliver effective and efficient care.

The health system continues to streamline corporate services into overarching bodies.

Ascension is attempting to standardize services at the national level. This standardization is occurring in finance, human resources, and communications.

What changes can you expect to see?

St. John Hospital in Detroit will become Ascension St. John Hospital. Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo will become Ascension Borgess Hospital.

These changes will be phased out soon. St. John Providence Health System’s name will be phased out in the fall of 2017 and replaced with an Ascension name.

Not all of the names have been decided, but they will be determined over the next several months.

Let us know what you think. Will the name changes eliminate or create confusion among providers and patients?

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