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Michigan Veteran Health System

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The Michigan Veteran Health System is an integrated health care system providing quality residential, long-term health care to veterans of all eras through Michigan's two state veterans homes the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans and the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette. MVHS will allow the homes to evolve to match the needs of those who served and continue offering care to veterans with needs ranging from post-traumatic stress to chronic presumptive conditions to end-of-life support.

The integrated health system ensures one set of standard processes and procedures designed to:

  • Adopt best practices in both home management and service delivery.

  • Place the homes in line with industry standards.

  • Increase consistency and standardization in each home.

  • Facilitate compliance with federal and state standards.

  • Modernize current systems of operation.

  • Provide quality and affordable health care to Michigan veterans now and in the future.

MVAA recently formed a workgroup to study how the state can improve long-term care for veterans. This report explains the workgroup's recommendations.

MVHS is operated by a team with more than 100 years of experience in the public and private sectors.

Brad SlagleBrad Slagle, Michigan Veteran Health System Interim CEO
Slagle has been a proactive leader, using his accounting background and personable character to create a homelike environment for veterans to live. He served as business manager and deputy administrator of the home from 1999 to 2005 and has 10 years of experience working in the Michigan Department of Corrections.

Slagle is active in the National Association for State Veterans Homes and is a past president of the board. He has held his license as a nursing home administrator since 2001. He holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Michigan and an associates degree in accounting from Bay de Noc Community College.

Scott BlakeneyScott Blakeney, Grand Rapids Home for Veterans COO
Blakeney previously worked for the Michigan Department of Community Health, where he was responsible for marketing, increasing employee engagement, process improvement, property management and various health-related programs. He has also worked with private companies in retail operations, international petroleum marketing and multi-unit restaurant management.
He holds a bachelor of business administration from Eastern Michigan University.

Ryan EngleRyan Engle, D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans COO
Before being named COO, Engle served as the Vice President of Business Services for the Michigan Veteran Health System, working on business processes, policies and budgeting. Prior to working for MVHS, Engle lead operations and project management for General Mills’ Yoplait brand. A Marine Corps infantry officer and captain, Engle served in various capacities in the United States and overseas, including a deployment to Afghanistan. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, has completed graduate coursework at Grand Valley State University and expects to receive his Certificate in Long-Term Care from Ferris State University in June 2017.