UPDATE: Dr. Andrew Haig is passionate about rehabilitation, and it’s his mission to build existing programs and spearhead new ones. His work has garnered numerous accolades; most recently his research team from the University of Michigan received what is regarded as the world’s top spine research award, from the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine.
In a recent interview with the Grand Rapids Business Journal, Dr. Haig – Mary Free Bed’s vice president of accountable care and medical informatics – shared his story and why he considers Mary Free Bed “a dominant force” in rehabilitation.
Grand Rapids, Mich. — Dr. Andrew Haig, an internationally recognized rehabilitation expert, has joined Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital as Vice President of Accountable Care and Medical Informatics.
Dr. Haig is professor emeritus of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Michigan and president of Haig et al. Consulting in Ann Arbor, Mich., a quality-care group that builds medical rehabilitation programs.
“Dr. Haig is world-renowned for his expertise in the field of rehabilitation and a recognized leader in research, education and clinical care,” said Mary Free Bed CEO Kent Riddle. “We are very lucky to have him on our team.”
At Mary Free Bed, Dr. Haig will be responsible for developing accountable care and value-based care strategies for the hospital’s business and network partners by aligning integrated relationships with external physicians and group practices, hospital and health systems, and insurance networks. He also will establish data-driven performance metrics for clinical outcomes, financial objectives and provider, patient and payer satisfaction. The position encompasses a range of strategic services that require planning and analysis for a broad array of complex clinical and logistical issues.
At Michigan, Dr. Haig’s clinical focus is on spinal disorders, electrodiagnosis of nerve diseases and cancer rehabilitation. He also has broad experience in pediatric rehabilitation, sports medicine and telemedicine. His clinical expertise has been recognized by national “Best Doctor” lists, and in 2008 he received the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation’s Distinguished Clinician Award.
He founded the University of Michigan Spine Program and is founding president of the International Rehabilitation Forum, a non-profit consortium with more than 20 academic partners that builds medical rehabilitation programs in low-resource areas.
Dr. Haig is on the editorial board of 5 medical journals and is editor of an American College of Physicians textbook on back pain. He has been a featured speaker at conferences and events around the world and has served as a consultant to foreign governments, global corporations, universities and healthcare systems. His work has been recognized with dozens of research awards, including the prestigious Rosenthal Lectureship and membership in the exclusive International Society for Study of the Lumbar Spine.
“I came to visit Mary Free Bed and was blown away by the quality and the culture of community involvement and the dedication to the disability community,” he said. “Mary Free Bed is a rising star in American rehabilitation.”
Dr. Haig is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the Medical College of Wisconsin, where he also is a volunteer professor. He completed his specialty training at Northwestern University’s Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.
Mary Free Bed is a not-for-profit, nationally accredited rehabilitation hospital. For 125 years, Mary Free Bed has restored hope and freedom through rehabilitation for children and adults who have experienced brain injuries, strokes, spinal cord injuries, multiple traumas, amputations, cancer and other diagnoses. The combination of comprehensive services and an exclusive focus on rehabilitation enables specialty physicians and staff to help patients achieve outstanding clinical results.