The University of Michigan Health System is expanding its reach with an affiliation with Allegiance Health in Jackson. A letter of intent has been signed by both health systems.
Doctor Ora Pescovitz is the CEO of the University of Michigan Health System. She says if the partnership is finalized, Allegiance health will become part of the UMHS. Pescovitz says, by partnering together, the two health systems will benefit from shared expertise. This will mean a higher level of care, improved quality, and improved safety as a lower cost to patients. She says both health systems are extremely excited about the potential this affiliation has.
Ann Arbor officials say phone service has been restored to city offices this afternoon.
Earlier today, phone services in Ann Arbor City and some Washtenaw County offices were cut and employees were not able to make phone calls in or out. Outages were also reported in Oakland, St. Clair, and Midland Counties as well as in the western Michigan city of Wyoming. Several other states were also experiencing problems, and it's not clear if service has been fully restored to all areas.
According to Ann Arbor’s Infrastructure Management Director, Gregory Dill, the problem was caused by a severed fiber optic cable in Indiana.