Corporate History

Serving Southeast Michigan for 70+ Years

The Greater Detroit Area Health Council [GDAHC] is the nation's longest-standing multi-stakeholder collaborative dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing in our communities.
GDAHC was founded and incorporated August 14, 1944, as the Detroit Hospital Council with the primary goal of improving the management of community health resources city-wide, providing health facility planning to hospitals.

As the state of health care and health care delivery changed, the Council changed its focus from hospitals to becoming a coalition dedicated to the cost-effective allocation, management and use of health care resources. The Council continues its mission through innovative planning and strategies with strong collaborations and partnerships. Recognized nationally and locally, GDAHC serves as the leading influential health care coalition in the region. In 1982, the name was changed to the Greater Detroit Area Health Council or affectionately referred to as GDAHC (pronounced G-dack).

Timeline

1944

Founded as the Detroit Hospital Council

 

1950's

Conducted evaluations of requests for capital through a working relationship established with the Metro Detroit Building Fund

Began regional/community health planning initiatives during period of rapid expansion of hospital capacity

 

1960's

The Council's regional influence grew substantially from its planning initiatives

In partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS), Council performed evaluations of hospital expansion

Restructured Board of Directors to add business and community leaders

 

1970's

Produced hospital patient-origin (market share) analyses (believed to be first in U.S.)

Served as fiduciary for the creation of Comprehensive Health Planning Council

Conducted an analysis of critical health issues in Southeast Michigan (SEM)

 

1980's

Broadened agenda to all health care concerns --in addition to hospital supply, capacity and distribution issues

Restructured and became known as Greater Detroit Area Health Council; discontinued hospital trade association functions

Broadened membership to all interested stakeholders

Convened a high-level business task force to recommend Council's future

 

1990's

Initiated quality assessment, measurement and improvement initiatives (SEM Regional Heart Consortium)

Formed the Health Information Action Group (HIAG) business unit

Developed value purchasing initiatives

Formalized the community health improvement program area

 

2002 to the Present

2002

Established the Southeastern MI (SEM) Health Care Future Directions Initiative, a high-level task force to address health care cost and quality issues

 

2004 to 2006

Save Lives Save Dollars (SLSD) established to implement Health Care Future Directions -- 30 organizations support SLSD

Established GDAHC Innovations in Nursing Planning Task Force

GDAHC took the lead in planning and coordinating community health education and outreach activities for the Super Bowl

First public performance report posted in July 2006 on hospital performance included both consumer-friendly Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) Hospital Compare and Leapfrog data

GDAHC one of first four communities to be awarded the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Aligning Forces for Quality grant for performance measurement and public reporting, consumer engagement, and quality improvement

 

2007

GDAHC designated as Community Leader for Value Driven Health Care by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

National visibility of GDAHC and SLSD increased

Regional Action Network for Nursing (RANN) established to implement Innovations in Nursing strategy

 

2008

GDAHC designated as Chartered Value Exchange (CVE) by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

First physician organization performance data published in September; first of its kind in Michigan, combining data from all four major commercial health plans

GDAHC begins second round of funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Aligning Forces for Quality program; three years of funding added to disparities and inpatient care to existing work

 

2009

myCareCompare launched; added capacity for content to support provider performance reports, including resources, FAQs, and additional detail about areas such as data collection, report preparation and methodology, etc.

 

2011

GDAHC begins third phase of the Robert Wood John Foundation's Aligning Forces for Quality program funding; cardiac conditions added as an area of focus

 

2013

GDAHC designated the Southeast Michigan Regional Area Health Education Center by Wayne State University and funded through the U.S. Department of Health Resources and Services Administration

GDAHC begins fourth and final phase of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Aligning Forces for Quality program funding.

 

2014

Launch of Find MI Care website and mobile app which helps consumers find low-cost health care from a searchable database.

Awarded a Health Innovation grant from the Michigan Department of Community Health to train hospital staff to use Find MI Care when discharging patients.

Celebrated 70 years of service to the community at Salute to Healthcare awards gala.