Being Well Blog

“We know you well” means we not only know what it takes to keep you healthy, but that we actually get to know each other. No other group of doctors can do that like we can, because only the North Ottawa Medical Group is made up of doctors employed by North Ottawa Community Health System. We’re your neighbors, fellow parents at the school, coaches to your kids, and as much a part of this community as you are.

We want you to be healthy, and we want you to get to know us a bit better, so this blog will provide you with health and wellness information as well as fun ways to learn about who your home-town Medical Group doctors are. After all, being well is more than just great care. To the North Ottawa Medical Group, it’s also about building genuine personal relationships.

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North Ottawa Community Health System (NOCHS) and Mercy Health are pleased to announce…

July 20, 2018

Dear Valued Patient,

North Ottawa Community Health System (NOCHS) and Mercy Health are pleased to announce that North Ottawa Medical Group (NOMG) has joined Mercy Health Physician Partners (MHPP). MHPP is a multi-specialty physician network, owned by Mercy Health, and employing more than 800 physicians and advanced practice professionals in Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Holland and the lakeshore.
Mercy Health Physician Partners fully supports local relationships and a focus on the individual communities we serve. You can look forward to continuing to receive the care you’ve always known, with the provider you already know – and who knows you – in the location you already go.

We consider it a privilege to serve you, and want to ensure we address your questions about this transition.

How does this change my care? Our intent is to make this transition as seamless as possible for you. That means you’ll continue to see the same doctor and medical team you’ve come to know and trust for your care. You’ll still visit the same location and call the same phone number. You still have access to North Ottawa Community Hospital. In addition, you continue to have access to Mercy Health Muskegon, particularly for tertiary care.

How does this change for my physician? While NOMG and its staff are now employed by Mercy Health, they remain a part of the NOCHS extended family with permanent offices right here on the NOCHS campus – at the same address and phone number, as well as with the same local leadership.

NOMG represents a strong, healthy and vibrant group of physicians, comprised of talented, community-minded experts in family medicine, internal medicine, pulmonology, gastrointestinal, and obstetrician care. Their commitment to you, the patient, and to our community remains stronger than ever.

Did Mercy Health buy North Ottawa Community Hospital? No, North Ottawa Community Hospital remains an independent community hospital.

Why did this happen? NOCHS and Mercy Health share a desire to help residents on the lakeshore maintain local access – and choice – to hospital and primary care services. Our groups have worked together for more than a decade toward that goal, all while improving quality, and keeping comprehensive, high-quality care close to home. This transition helps secure the growth of NOMG, as well as gives those providers access to MHPP’s regional best practices that will help them continue to lead the charge in population health, chronic disease management and wellness initiatives. This transition also permits NOCHS, if it so chooses, to refocus its investments directly into hospital growth in order to keep serving a growing population with leading-edge technology and services.

We encourage you to talk with your provider if you would like to learn more. You may also visit for more information.

We look forward to continuing to be your provider of choice. Thank you for entrusting us with your care.

In Good Health,
Dr. Haney Assaad
Internal Medicine Physician, VP Medical Affairs, NOCHS

Dr. Kristen Brown

VP Physician Network, Mercy Health Physician Partners