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April 23, 2017
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IHA ANNOUNCES THE PASSING OF CEO WILLIAM J. FILETI

FiletiANN ARBOR, MI – (April 23, 2017) – It is with deep sadness that we share with you the news of the passing of our CEO, William J. Fileti. Bill died Saturday, April 22, from cancer, diagnosed in October of 2016.

Bill was the founding President and CEO of IHA since 1994 when the leaders of Associates in Gynecology and Obstetrics, Associates in Internal Medicine, and Child Health Associates chose to form a group, founded on the principles of high quality, personalized, patient-centered care.

“IHA has lost an enormous piece of its heart and soul with the passing of our beloved CEO, Bill Fileti,” said Daniel McMurtrie, MD, IHA’s first PC President and Chairman of the Board. “Since its inception, our organization has benefited greatly from Bill’s leadership and vision. His untiring pursuit of excellence in everything he did, played an instrumental role in the success of our medical group. He has helped us achieve exponential growth while maintaining a focus on caring for our patients, a dedication to the well-being of the providers, and a commitment to the success of our employees. His name has become synonymous with IHA and he will be greatly missed by the entire IHA family.”

Since the beginning, IHA has focused on a patients’ first philosophy of care. Bill believed in a virtuous cycle of leading with doing what was right for patients, providers, and staff. Quality and performance would follow. As a result of his philosophy, vision, and drive, Bill achieved the following:

  • Built a team making it possible for IHA to achieve outstanding quality scores that have been the best in Southeast Michigan since 2012 and recognized by Consumer Reports magazine as a top performer.
  • Achieved top decile performance in all areas of patient, provider and staff satisfaction and engagement levels.
  • Developed exceptional and favorable relationships in the broader health care community that included affiliated hospitals, payers, and several charitable organizations such as the United Way, serving on their board for several years.
  • Through mergers, acquisitions, and outstanding recruitments, built IHA from a concept into the leading private medical group in southeast Michigan that serves nearly 470,000 primary and specialty care patients with over a million visits per year.
  • Completed IHA's strategic merger with Trinity Health to serve as The Physician Enterprise for SJMHS. 
  • Recruited a top caliber management team to run operations, and supported provider and non-provider leaders in growing their leadership skills and reaching their professional goals.
  • Negotiated a master affiliation agreement with Michigan Medicine (University of Michigan.)
  • Initiated diversification initiatives designed to reduce IHA’s exposure to the environment through the development of related business lines with real estate, clinical research, and imaging.
  • Supported pioneering projects to re-engineer the delivery of health care with care management, behavioral health, and embedded pharmacists.

Bill achieved this success with a quiet, focused, engaged presence that never wavered. By meeting with each orientation group of new providers and staff, he connected with every person in IHA and spread the vision of personalized care through his example.

Cindy Elliott, IHA’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) since 1999 and its President and COO for the last year characterized Bill “as a mentor, trusted advisor, and dear friend. Bill will be remembered as a sweet soul, who cared about people first and who lived out the IHA CARES Values daily.”

Bill spent his final months in California with his wonderful wife Cecilia, his two sons, Eric and Owen, daughter-in-law, Kristina, granddaughter Lana, and other members of his immediate and extended family.

A vigil celebrating Bill's life and many accomplishments will take place in the near future. Details will be shared as soon as possible.

For those wishing to send condolences to the family, please see our remembrance board directly below.

 

 

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Ages & Stages: Understanding Routine Gynecological Transitions

Join us for this informational talk about gynecological health throughout all ages and stages of life. Learn what is normal and when you should receive important screenings.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
IHA Administrative Office
24 Frank Lloyd Wright Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

6:00 pm | Wine & Hors d'oeuvres
6:30 pm | Presentation

Receive your PASSPORT for Health and a gift for attending. Attend all four events (additional dates listed below) and will be entered into a drawing.

August 8, 2017: Planning for Pregnancy
October 10, 2017: Breast Health
January 9, 2017: Pelvic Floor Disorders

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Question: I’m getting married this summer and want to be tan in my wedding photos and on my honeymoon. Will visiting the tanning salon a few times decrease my chances of getting a sunburn if I get a base tan? Also, aren’t tanning salons safer than laying out in the sun?

Answer: You’d be surprised how often these questions are asked! The short answer is NO and NO! Any type of tan is a sign of skin damage. A tan is the skin’s response to UV damage to the skin’s DNA. The skin darkens to prevent more damage, but your risk of skin cancer is already increased. There is no such thing as a “safe” or “healthy” tan.

Tanning beds deliver concentrated levels of UVA and UVB radiation, both of which cause cell damage that can lead to skin cancer. UVA radiation also penetrates deeper into the skin and causes irreversible skin aging like loss of elasticity, wrinkles and brown spots.

If you want to look tan in your wedding photos, try a sunless tanning cream or lotion. You can still get the glow you want without any of the skin damage.

As far as your honeymoon, take plenty of sunscreen with you. Look for a sunscreen that is SPF 30 or higher, broad spectrum (blocking both UVA and UVB), and water-resistant. Be sure to apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before going outdoors, and to reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours or immediately after getting wet (for example, after getting out of a pool). Forgetting to reapply sunscreen throughout the day is the one step that most people forget during vacation and that leads to sunburns. Sunscreen only maintains its listed SPF for approximately 90 minutes, after which point the SPF starts to decrease and the sunscreen starts to lose its ability to block ultraviolet light. Shade and clothing can also help protect you from UV rays. Wear protective UV-blocking sunglasses, broad-brimmed hats and tightly-woven clothes and seek shade when possible. Getting into the habit of protecting yourself from UV rays is as simple as the steps above and will allow you to enjoy the outdoors without damaging your skin.

This article was originally published on May 18, 2015, and was updated on April 12, 2017.

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