St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor

Bob Eccles

There are plenty of ways the health care system in the African nation of Botswana appears to be doing a better job than the U.S. health care system, but both countries can also learn from each other.

That's the assessment from her Excellency Tebelelo Seretse, Botswana's ambassador to the U.S., who spoke with staff at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor Monday afternoon. 

The ambassador says it can take a person in Washington D.C. two weeks to get an appointment with a private physician.

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St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Hospital is showing off its new Outpatient Surgery Center this weekend. 

The facility boasts nine state-of-the-art operating rooms, and combines the hospital's orthopedic and non-orthopedic outpatient centers. 

The public is invited to a community open house at the 43-thousand square foot state-of-the-art Outpatient Surgery Center Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  on the St. Joe's campus, 5360 McCauley Drive.

Find more information about the new facility and this weekend's Community Open House online:

http://www.stjoesannarbor.org/body_annarbor.cfm?id=1949&action=detail&ref=359

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St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Hospital and Chelsea Community Hospital are among five Saint Joseph Mercy Health System hospitals to receive grades of "A" from The Leapfrog Group.

The independent industry watchdog group's latest Hospital Safety Score also awarded A's to St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron and St. Mary Mercy Livonia.  St. Joseph Mercy Livingston received a "B".

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St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and St. Joseph Mercy Livingston are joining the list of health care providers for people enrolled in UnitedHealthcare plans.

The expanded relationship means UnitedHealthcare participants will have access to Saint Joseph Mercy Health System's six hospitals, outpatient health centers and urgent-care facilities, and more than 25 specialty centers.

"We are thrilled to be able to help expand access to care for those in the local community," said Rob Casalou, President and CEO of St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and Livingston hospitals.

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St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor has been ranked among the nation's top 100 hospitals by an organization that provides information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care.

This is the sixth time St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor has made the list from Truven Health Analytics, the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based firm said today.