Bronson Official Elected Chairman of States Certificate of Need Commission - Bronson Healthcare

Published on March 30, 2011

Bronson Official Elected Chairman of States Certificate of Need Commission

James “Chip” Falahee, Jr., senior vice president of legal and regulatory affairs at Bronson Healthcare Group, was recently elected to the position of chairman of the state’s Certificate of Need Commission. Falahee is part of an eleven member Commission, appointed by the Governor.

The Certificate of Need (CON) state regulatory program is run by the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH). CON addresses healthcare cost, quality, and access issues. This includes providing a cost-control method to address the oversupply of healthcare services and facilities, the promotion of access to certain healthcare services to the community, and the promotion of quality services by requiring compliance with standards developed by healthcare experts.

Falahee joined Bronson in 1987 and has held his current position since 1989. He has more than 30 years of experience in health care law and legislation and is a frequent speaker about health care policy and reform. Falahee received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan. He received his Juris Doctor from Wayne State University. Falahee has been named one of the “Best Lawyers in America” in healthcare. He is past president of the Michigan Bar Association Healthcare Council and past president of the Michigan Society of Hospital Attorneys.

Bronson Methodist Hospital, located at 601 John St. in downtown Kalamazoo, Mich., is the flagship of Bronson Healthcare Group, a not-for-profit healthcare system serving all of southwest Michigan and northern Indiana. With 405 licensed beds and all private rooms, Bronson Methodist Hospital provides care in virtually every specialty — cardiology, orthopedics, surgery, emergency medicine, neurology, oncology — with advanced capabilities in critical care as a Level I Trauma Center; in neurological care as a Joint Commission certified Primary Stroke Center; in cardiac care as the region’s first accredited Chest Pain Emergency Center; in obstetrics as the leading BirthPlace and only high-risk pregnancy center in southwest Michigan, and in pediatrics as one of only six children's hospitals in the state.

Bronson serves the largest percentage of Medicaid patients in the area and provides a substantial benefit to the community through outreach and charitable care. It is the recipient of the 2005 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest presidential honor for quality and organizational performance excellence. In 2009, the hospital received the AHA McKesson Quest for Quality Prize awarded annually to only one U.S. hospital and joined the top five percent of hospitals in the nation to be designated a Magnet Hospital for Nursing Excellence. Bronson is currently ranked in the top five percent of hospitals in the nation as a 2010-11 HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence and is one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals for 2011 according to Thomson Reuters. For more information, visit