Together Health Network Names New Board Chairman

Rob Casalou takes lead role on Michigan’s premier clinically integrated network Board of Directors

Southfield, MI – July 26, 2017, Together Health Network (http://www.togetherhealthnetwork.org) announced today that Rob Casalou has been elected chairman of its Board of Directors. Casalou succeeds Gwen MacKenzie, who will maintain a seat on the Board as a system executive.

Casalou, who is president and CEO of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, has served as vice chair on the Together Health Network Board for the past 2 years.

Together Health Network’s President and CEO Scott Eathorne said, “Rob brings nine years of experience at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) and nearly 20 years at St. John Providence Health System to Together Health Network. His extensive experience further enhances our organization’s dedication to having an exemplary Board of Directors. Together Health Network’s growth as a clinically integrated organization will be driven and defined by his expertise, leadership and experience. Rob has clearly demonstrated that he’s a visionary and innovator who is poised to help us reshape the future of health care in Michigan.”

Casalou was responsible for overseeing construction of Providence Park Hospital in Novi, Michigan, where he served as its president and CEO until 2008. He also played a key role in developing many innovative partnerships including the merger with IHA Physician Group and a Master Affiliation between SJMHS and Michigan Medicine, which resulted in joint ventures such as the opening of an Acute Care for Elders hospital unit. Under his leadership, St. Joe’s has expanded outpatient services and undergone significant renovations and upgrades.
Casalou earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and master’s degree in business administration and health care administration from the University of Michigan.

About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a health care organization serving seven counties in southeast Michigan including Livingston, Washtenaw, Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Jackson, and Lenawee. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy Livonia, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, and 133-bed St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea. Combined, the five hospitals are licensed for 1,553 beds, have five outpatient health centers, six urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 16,200 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 2,700 physicians. SJMHS has annual operating revenues of about $1.9 billion and returns about $120 million to its communities annually through charity care and community benefit programs.

SJMHS is a member of Trinity Health; a leading Catholic health care system based in Livonia, Mich. Trinity Health operates in 22 states, employs about 97,000 people, and has annual operating revenues of about $15.8 billion and assets of about $23.4 billion. Additionally, the organization returns almost $1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs.
For more information on health services offered at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, please visit www.stjoeshealth.org

About Together Health Network
Together Health Network’s objective is to improve both health and care for Michigan residents by facilitating relationships within its network of physician organizations, health systems, insurers, patients, and health providers. At the core of Together Health Network’s culture are clinicians connected by a common purpose and meaning; they lead with a team-based care approach, which is based on a shared commitment and vision of positive outcomes. It is estimated that 75% of Michigan residents are within 20 minutes of one of the network’s 25 hospitals and thousands of ambulatory centers and physician offices. For more information, visit https://www.togetherhealthnetwork.org/.