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Siena Heights University, Integrated Health Partners Announce Partnership

Siena Heights University and Integrated Health Partners representatives celebrated their corporate partnership during a special gathering Sept. 21. Pictured are (from left) IHP Director of Business Operations Susan Cook, Assistant Director of SHU's Kalamazoo Valley Community College location Ashley Ziegler, IHP Executive Director Ruth Clark, Assistant Director of SHU's Battle Creek location Linda Tafolla and SHU Associate Director of Partnership Relations Cindy Sutherland.

Siena Heights University and Integrated Health Partners (IHP) have announced a business partnership that will offer degree completion and other educational opportunities to IHP employees and to its member physician practices.

“Siena Heights University has more than 40 years of experience educating working adult students,” said SHU President Sister Peg Albert, OP, PhD. “We are thrilled to partner with IHP and look forward to a long and productive relationship that will ultimately benefit IHP employees and their member practices.”  

IHP is a physician organization based in Calhoun County, serving independent and employed physicians and their practices regionally in Calhoun County and expanding to neighboring counties.  

Under the partnership agreement, qualified IHP employees and their member practice employees will receive a tuition discount and will receive personalized advising and student success and career counseling from Siena Heights. IHP is proud to offer this educational benefit to all member practices as a value added service made available through their membership with IHP. 

“IHP has always valued advancing education through providing continuing education opportunities both for IHP employees as well as member practices,” said IHP Executive Director Ruth Clark. “We look forward to the new partnership with Siena Heights and the ability to offer this excellent opportunity to individuals working in the health care industry to achieve higher education, and leading the way to health care transformation.”

SHU offers bachelor’s degrees in Applied Science, Accounting, Business Administration, Community and Human Services, Multidisciplinary Studies, Professional Communication and RN to BSN, with master’s degrees available in Business Administration, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Health Care Leadership, Higher Education Leadership and Organizational Leadership, and Teacher Education.

For the second consecutive year, SHU’s Online Learning Program was ranked as the best in Michigan among all institutions by the U.S. News and World Report. Siena Heights also was ranked nationally for the fifth consecutive year, and finished tied for 23rd among all public and private institutions. It is SHU’s second straight top 25 national ranking. In fact, Siena Heights was the only Michigan college or university to rank in the top 50 nationally, and is in the top five in the Midwest region.

“We are proud of our nationally recognized Online Program,” said SHU Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies Dr. Cheri Betz. “Our programs are designed to meet the needs of adult students seeking to advance their careers by acquiring new skills and abilities needed for today’s workforce.”

Siena Heights may accept up to 90 college credits toward a bachelor’s degree from regionally accredited institutions. Credit is also awarded for military and workforce training, professional licenses and certifications.

Accelerated classes are offered every eight weeks, and Siena Heights offers open enrollment. There are also blended classes available at SHU’s degree completion centers in Michigan, including Battle Creek and Kalamazoo.

“We invite IHP employees and affiliated member employees to learn about all the educational opportunities Siena Heights University is ready to provide with this partnership,” Dr. Betz said.

As leaders in Health Care, IHP strives to provide the community with accessible, cost effective and high-quality health care services. Through this partnership, IHP and its affiliated members are able to enhance the delivery of care through the advanced knowledge received in the Siena Heights program(s).

For more information, visit start.sienaheights.edu/ihp.

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