Beaumont Health gets new executive team, Oakwood corportate location

Photo by Zeinab Najm Brain Connolly, president and CEO of Oakwood Healthcare, talks to the Business Builder Series Nov. 18 about updates happening within the Beaumont Health non-profit organization, which merged Beaumont Health System, Oakwood Healthcare and Botsford Health Care.

Photo by Zeinab Najm
Brain Connolly, president and CEO of Oakwood Healthcare, talks to the Business Builder Series Nov. 18 about updates happening within the Beaumont Health non-profit organization, which merged Beaumont Health System, Oakwood Healthcare and Botsford Health Care.


By ZEINAB NAJM
Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — With the three hospital merger complete, new changes are happening within the Beaumont Health organization, Brain Connolly, president and CEO of Oakwood Healthcare, said Nov. 18.

A new executive team, Beaumont Health board and new headquarters site for Oakwood have all developed since the combination of systems, Connolly told an audience at the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce Business Builder Series at the Dearborn Country Club.

The plan to merge the hospital systems began when the idea was proposed by Gene Michalski, president and CEO of Beaumont Health System. In March Oakwood, Beaumont and Botsford singed a letter of intent to form the new health system.

The Beaumont Health name was decided after marketing and surveying were completed and determined that the Beaumont name is more recognized and stronger than the Oakwood name, Connolly said.

The hospitals involved in the merger include Beaumont hospitals in Royal Oak, Troy and Grosse Pointe; Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills; and Oakwood hospitals in Dearborn, Trenton, Taylor and Wayne.

“It goes as far south as Monroe and to as far north as Lapeer and it is the largest health care system now in the state of Michigan and it has an undeniable foot print in terms of access to insurance products and access to specialists and access to healthcare,” Connolly said.

All three hospital system boards unanimously approved the merger which was followed by the signing of the definitive agreement in June. The three systems combined into a $3.8 billion non-profit health system that will save them about $134 million annually during the first three years.

Oakwood looked at five areas of concern when deciding what it would need to do in order to continue to thrive in its current environment, Connolly said. Those areas were access to capital and finance, physician alignment, market share, population health and achieving their mission.

“This organization, by putting this together, matched all of the five criteria that I talked about earlier which is essentially what drove our willingness to join this organization,” Connolly said.

Beaumont Health System, Oakwood Healthcare and Botsford Health Care officially launched Beaumont Health on Sept. 2. The merger includes eight hospitals, 3,337 beds, 153 outpatient sites, 5,000 physicians, 33,093 employees and 3,500 volunteers.

With the agreement came a new 14-member Beaumont Health Board chosen in September including representatives from all three organizations.

Also announced in September was the Beaumont Health executive team members. The team includes Connolly as president of Network Development and Future Initiatives; Dr. Paul LaCasse, Clinical Leadership Council chair; Margaret Casey; chief development officer; J. Paul Conway, chief human resources officer; Dr. David Wood, chief medical officer; John Keuten, chief financial officer; Subra Sripada, chief transformation officer; Lisa Diehl Vandecaveye, chief corporate responsibility officer; and Gordon Walkerand, chief legal officer.

Oakwood will move its business operations from Dearborn to Southfield by February because the location is more reasonable for employees who travel and in relation to the other two hospital systems headquarters.

More work is still needed to complete the merger, Connolly said, including developing names to link the eight hospitals with the new Beaumont Health, final staff decisions and branding for physicians, subsidiaries and hospitals.

For more information and updates go to beaumonthealth.org.

(Zeinab Najm can be reached at znajm@bewickpublications.com.)