Saint Joseph Mercy Health System Acquires Probility Physical Therapy


ANN ARBOR — Saint Joseph Mercy Health System announced today it will acquire Probility Physical Therapy and expand its outpatient physical therapy locations in the region.  The new organization is expected to be official in January.

“This is a great opportunity to expand our outpatient physical therapy capabilities to a larger marketplace,” said Rob Casalou, regional president and CEO, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System.

The agreement would combine the operations of Probility’s six therapy clinics in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Saline, and Clinton, with the health system’s seven clinics that are part of St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and Livingston. Probility will become a wholly owned division of Saint Joseph Mercy, with the same leadership in place in the new entity.

Casalou says with 78 percent of all physical therapy performed outside of the hospital setting, the partnership will enable Saint Joseph Mercy Health System to extend its services to the retail setting where 60 percent of physical therapy takes place.

Probility will manage the outpatient physical therapy services at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and Livingston hospitals and its outpatient health centers in addition to its current operations. All physicians will continue to refer patients to any clinic in the Saint Joseph Mercy-Probility system.

This transaction includes seven outpatient therapy locations in Ann Arbor, Brighton, Howell, and Canton that are part of St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and Livingston. Physical Therapy at these locations spans a full continuum of services, including health promotion, prevention and rehabilitation.

Roughly 160 employees work in outpatient therapy to provide skilled therapeutic intervention to foster improvement in physical functioning and maximize overall quality of life. Services include amputee rehabilitation, back/neck pain and dysfunction, balance rehabilitation, traumatic brain injury rehabilitation, breast cancer rehabilitation, cranial sacral therapy, developmental and hand rehabilitation, voice therapy, lymphedema, orthopedic, and sports medicine, stroke rehabilitation, vestibular rehabilitation and wheelchair seating and fitting.