HealthCare Midwest is Now Bronson HealthCare Midwest
HealthCare Midwest, a multidisciplinary physician group serving southwest Michigan since 1993, has joined the Bronson family of companies and is now doing business as Bronson HealthCare Midwest. All HealthCare Midwest medical practices and outpatient services have new names, but the physicians, staff, phone numbers and locations remain unchanged.
Headquartered in Kalamazoo, Bronson HealthCare Midwest has a workforce of more than 400 of which 80 are physicians and mid-level providers. It provides care in a variety of specialties at locations in Kalamazoo, Portage, Battle Creek, Paw Paw, South Haven, Coldwater, Three Rivers, Sturgis and Allegan.
HealthCare Midwest and Bronson have a longstanding relationship and a mutual commitment to serving patients and families in southwest Michigan. By coming together they will be in a better position to handle emerging changes in the national healthcare delivery system through collaboration and innovation resulting in better coordination of care for patients and families in the region.
Plans to partner were first announced last November. After several months of due diligence, the formal transition to Bronson HealthCare Midwest took place on July 1, 2013.
As a wholly owned subsidiary of Bronson, a not-for-profit health system serving 10 counties in southwest Michigan, Bronson HealthCare Midwest will have a physician-led operational structure and Jim McKernan will continue to serve as its senior executive. An operating committee made up of Bronson HealthCare Midwest physicians and Bronson Healthcare executives will work collaboratively to set direction and oversee operations. Overall governance will come from the Bronson Healthcare system board of directors.
“This is a great step forward for all of us,” says Robert Isacksen, M.D., a member of the Bronson HealthCare Midwest operating committee. “Bronson and HealthCare Midwest share a passion for excellence and for making decisions based on what is in the best interest of the patient. Aligning our organizations will help us continue to advance clinical quality, integrate information technology, and recruit and retain a solid base of excellent providers. It’s a win-win for our community and for our patients."
Bronson Healthcare is a not-for-profit, community-governed health system serving ten counties in southwest and south central Michigan. With 7,100 employees, more than 1,000 medical staff members, and 812 licensed beds, Bronson is the largest employer and leading healthcare system in southwest Michigan. It offers a full range of services from primary care to critical care across more than 60 locations. Key member organizations include: Bronson Methodist Hospital, Bronson LakeView Hospital, Bronson Battle Creek, Bronson Vicksburg Outpatient Center, Bronson Medical Group, Bronson HealthCare Midwest, Bronson Advanced Radiology Services, Bronson Home Health Care, Bronson Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Bronson Staffing Service, Bronson Lifestyle Improvement & Research Center and the Bronson Health Foundation.