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.'U' establishes corporation to form health-care alliances

Daily Staff Reporter
With health care delivery moving toward
managed-care systems, the University has
taken steps to keep pace by forming a health
dare subsidiary corporation.
"What you have before you, in my per-
spective, is the platform for future change,"
said John Forsyth, executive director of the
University Hospitals. "We think this new
structure will allow us the flexibility to lead
the country."
The University Board of Regents unani-
nously approved the move at its Dec. 15
meeting. The board will be the sole member
of the Michigan Health Corp., a non-profit,

tax-exempt organization.
"Setting up the corporation is a legal de-
vice that allows the University to enter into
partnerships," said University President James
J. Duderstadt. "The way health care is pro-
vided is changing."
The corporation will enable the Univer-
sity to own an equity interest in managed-care
plans and initiate joint ventures with other
health care delivery systems. These actions
would need to be approved by the regents,
who also will appoint the board of directors
and approve the annual operating and capital
budgets of the subsidiary.
In the proposal, Executive Vice President
Farris W. Womack wrote, "Often, private

sector organizations find it more difficult or
intimidating to do business with large, non-
profit institutions, particularly those that op-
erate as a part of or on behalf of state govern-
ment. A separate subsidiary corporation can
help alleviate these concerns."
The University Hospitals will provide an
initial $75 million to start the corporation.
Managed-care systems require fewer special-
ists and more primary-care physicians than curent
systems, and they place more demand on the use of
community-based outpatient facilities.
"The emergence of managed care is plac-
ing an ever increasing number of restrictions
on the ability of physicians statewide to refer
to the University's Medical Center, thereby

potentially affecting the patient population
seen in the Medical Center," Womack wrote
in the proposal.
Through this statewide health care sys-
tem, the University will be able to bring
patients into Ann Arbor for health care.
"It's a vehicle that will allow the Univer-
sity to respond more quickly, more appropri-
ately, more comprehensively to the changing
marketplace for health care," Womack said.
"It will allow the expansion of the primary-
care provider network."
The board of directors of the Michigan
Health Corp. will be made up of Womack,
Forsyth and Medical School Dean Giles Bole.
"I believe this proposal is unique. It will

allow us to move forward in a time of grave
uncertainty," Bole said.
While the regents fully supportedtthe mea-
sure, many expressed caution.
"In my judgment it's a proposition that's been
soundly conceived. It has its risks, but it gives us
avenues to abandon it," said Regent Deane Baker
(R-Ann Arbor). "There are risks and opportuni-
ties and I emphasize opportunities."
Regent Rebecca McGowan (D-Ann Ar-
bor) said some regents had recommended
changes to the proposal before it was adopted.
"Some were accepted, some were not. I
intend to support the project, but I do not
intend to give one inch on the full fiduciary
responsibility of the regents," McGowan said.



Engler to
steer state
Daily Staff Reporter
LANSING - Pointing to the past and opti-
mistic about the future, Gov. John Engler began
his second term Monday with an inaugural
ceremony on the east steps of the Capitol.
"We have embarked on a Michigan renais-
sance - a renaissance of ideas and initiatives,
of opportunity and action," Engler told the
crowd of about 1,000 people who gathered in
18-degree weather. "Michigan's renaissance
is America's hope."
Not everyone agreed, though. A single
protester yelled, "What hope?" He soon
trudged off into the swirling snow. Engler
*stopped for a moment and then continued his
"Together, we have transformed Michi-
gan from the broken buckle of America's Rust
Belt to a bright beacon of hope for America's
families," Engler said.
Engler said he hoped the new Congress -
under Republican control for the first time in
40 years - takes the same bold course he has
and follow Michigan's lead.
When he took over from Democrat James
Blanchard, the state was facing a $1.8 million
deficit. But after four years of cutting taxes
and state government, unemployment hit a
21-year low in October and the state's rainy-
day fund surplus is at $664 million.
"We will seek to free the power and money
that for too long has been held captive in
Washington," Engler said. "Not to hoard them
in Lansing, but to put your money back in
*your pocket and to put you back in charge."
Engler noted Detroit's recent success
and congratulated Mayor Dennis Archer on
being awarded one of the Clinton
administration's $100 million empowerment
zone grants.
Engler concentrated his speech on con-
tinuing his work from the first term. His
three pet issues garnered him the most ap-
plause. He pledged to keep the state's chil-
dren - "born and unborn" - safe and
provide them and their parents the opportu-
nity to choose their school on the way to a
"world-class education."
But the biggest applause came for letting
"taxpayers keep more of their hard-earned
"This vision is our challenge," Engler
said. "I am confident we will succeed be-
cause I have faith in you."

Gov. John Engler
is sworn in by
state Supreme
Court Judge
Cavenaugh on
Monday, with
Engler's wife
Michelle looking

Supporters v
Daily Staff Reporter
LANSING --They came from all over
the state -and around the world -to greet
the governor on Inauguration Day.
About 1,200 people went through the
receiving line after Gov. John Engler's
speech, short of earlier estimates. The
staff closed the doors an hour ahead of
schedule after the stream of people had
slowed to a trickle and finally stopped.
"We were able to move people through.
We were actually pleased at how efficient
it ran," said John Truscott, Engler's spokes-
man. "It was a great day all the way
around." .
A family from Harrison Township gave
Engler a small bracelet, presumably for
his 7-week-old triplets.
The furthest and most official visitor
came from China, via Chicago.
Ye Minlang, China's acting consul gen-
eral in the Midwest, dropped by to say
"Right now, China has a very good
relationship with Michigan," he said. Ye
said he hoped to work for more cultural
exchanges and increase business opportu-
nities, especially in advanced technology.
He added that the Big 3 automakers
have already started to enter China's 1.2
billion-person market.
Most people just wanted to shake the
governor's hand.
Celeste Hinderlight, one of the first
people through the line, came from Berke-

velcome another 4 years

'U' student
claims bias in
custody case
Daily Staff Reporter
After the latest courtroom squabble between her and
Steve Smith, Jennifer Ireland wants a Macomb County
Circuit Court judge taken off the case.
However, Ireland did not convince Judge Raymond
Cashen or his chief judge to disqualify him, and now Ireland
and her attorney plan to appeal.
Ireland and Smith grabbed national attention last sum-
mer when Cashen granted custody of their 3-year-old
daughter, Maranda, to Smith. Through Ireland's appeal,
the Michigan Court of Appeals has allowed Maranda to
stay with her mother, a University sophomore.
Smith brought Ireland back to court last month to
discuss Smith's visitation rights with their daughter dur-
ing the holiday season.
Cashen granted Smith visitation during the week of
Ireland's finals, which did not agree with Smith's request
for a two-week custody period, including Christmas and
New Year's Day.
In an interview before the hearing, Ireland said Smith
never contacted her to ask for custody of Maranda. "He
never asked me -- he just filed some order" she said.
Moreover. Ireland says Cashen has no right to rule on
the case, saying it is now in the hands of the higher
appellate court. "He outstepped his jurisdiction," she said.
Ireland's attorney, Julie Field of the University's
Wo'men and the Law clinic, filed for Cashen's disqualifi-
cation after the latest battle.
Cashen refused to disqualify himself. Chief Judge
Peter Maceroni of the Macomb County Circuit Court,
who heard Field's arguments after Cashen did, upheld
Cashen's decision.
Sharon Lee-Edwards, Smith's attorney, said Cashen
"hadn't done anything factually or legally to disqualify
himself, and Chief Judge Maceroni agreed with that."
Field said she plans to file an appeal urging Cashen's
Edwards argued against this decision. "You can't just
disqualify a judge because you don't like his opinion.
There has to be a reason."
Field said Cashen should be removed from the case
because he has made numerous comments to the media that
show bias. "Judge Cashen has very strong feelings against
Jennifer Ireland," Field said.
Cashen has appeared on NBC's "Dateline" and has
spoken to various newspapers, including The Washington
Post. "In his written opinion, (Cashen is) saying I'm a fine
moral person, but in these interviews he's changing his
tune," Ireland said.
Edwards said the appropriatenes of Cashen's interview
depends on his responses, which she said were unbiased
Cashen is the second judge to hear the case --Edwards
herself asked for a female judge to disqualify herself
earlier in the custody battle. After the first judge disquali-
fied herself, Cashen took on the case.
"She removed herself," Edwards said. "She clearly
was so prejudiced that she had to take herself off the case."
Ireland's appeal of this disqualification may further
put off her custody appeal to keep Maranda permanently.


ley, Mich., for the occasion.
"It's been a wonderful time. It's beau-
tiful," she said, admiring the $58 million
restoration of the Capitol, completed two
years ago. At Engler's first inauguration,
the project forced the reception into the
state museum and library complex, about
a 10-minute walk from the Capitol.
A student group from Hillman, near
Alpena, brought 23 people to help pass out
programs. Angela Lounsberry, a sopho-
more at Hillman High School, said she
enjoyed shaking Engler's hand, but said
she felt like the group was being pushed
The student group had received a grant
from Engler last year to assist its work as
Future Farmers of America.
Brain Devilling, who attends Grand
Valley State but hopes to transfer to the
University next year, came by to talk to
the governor again.
The Troy native worked on John
Pappageorge's unsuccessful run against
U.S. Rep. Sander Levin (D-Southfield).
"I told him, 'You're doing a good job.
Keep it up the next four years,"' Devilling
said. "School choice and taxes are the
most important issues to me."
TRIPLET WATCH: The Engler triplets,
much to the disappointment of several
well-wishers, made their only appearance
of the day in a picture in the governor's
"It was just too cold for them," Truscott
said of the 18-degree weather with wind

chills that hovered around zero and plenty
of snow.
STAFF SHIFTING: Engler will have to
rebuild if he decides to make another run
in 1998. Four of his top campaign officials
are leaving to help former Tennessee Gov.
Lamar Alexander in his run for the presi-
Dan Pero, Engler's campaign director,
will take the same position with
Alexander's team. Pero's executive assis-
tant, Jim Brandell; Finance Director Mar-
garet Murphy; and spokesman Bryan Flood
will also be heading to Nashville.
Flood said these changes will not af-
fect the governing staff.
"These are all political people, not
policy people," he said.
One change that may hurt is the resig-
nation of Patricia Woodworth, Engler's
budget director, who took a similar posi-
tion with New York's new governor,
George Pataki.
Gov. Connie Binsfeld, who said she is
feeling much better after a short stay in the
hospital last week will be hosting a party
this August.
The national meeting of the Lieutenant
Governors' Association will be held on
Mackinac Island later this year.
Engler will be hosting a similar get-
together for the national governor's asso-
ciation next year, also on the island,
Binsfeld said.

Continued from page 1
he passed the polygraph test, so Mitchell
was released. That incident was attrib-
uted to the serial rapist.
A preliminary hearing is held to
determine if a crime was committed
and if the suspect in custody possible of
committing it. Investigators are wait-
ing for the results of DNA blood test
being conducted at the Michigan State
Police Crime Lab in East Lansing be-
fore deciding if Mitchell should be
considered a prime suspect.
The serial rapist is linked to three of
the rapes by DNA. Samples of

Mitchell's blood and hair were taken
by the police with the warrant.
"We hope to get a preliminary re-
port by this time next week," Scheel
said. "We're hopeful obviously. Any-
one that we happen to have in custody,
we'd like to think is our man."
Lynne Hilton, a Michigan State Po-
lice Crime Lab expert, testified that
blood samples from Mitchell, the vic-
tim and a white glove recovered by the
police from Mitchell's person at his
arrest all match type A. Genetic mark-
ers indicate that blood on the outside of
the glove belonged to the woman.
After giving a description of her
assailant to the police, the woman was
taken to University Hospitals because

her lip was bleeding from the attack.
Hilton determined only 4.3 percent
of the Black population are capable of
contributing the same combination of
genetic markers found on the victim,
based on statistics from the University's
Department of Human Genetics.
During the attack, the woman
screamed for help, and the man fled.
She made it to a nearby house with her
purse from where the police were called.
The description she gave of her at-
tacker was aman about 5 feet 10 inches
tall, about 180 pounds, wearing a black
ski mask, blue parka, black sweatpants,
tennis shoes and white gloves.
The woman, however, was unsure
of the man's race or age.

Sheila Blakny, the court-appointed
public defender for Mitchell, said she
was worried about her client's right to a
fair trial due to intense media scrutiny.
Blakny tried to discredit the victim's
accountby the victim's admittance that
she drank two to three beers before
the attack, possibly disorienting her.
"If you had to count on eyewitness
identification in every case, you would
rarely make a case," Scheel said. "There
are going to be other factors that would
be introduced as evidence."
The serial rapist is believed to have
committed five rapes and seven at-
tempted rapes since February 1992.
One of the rape victims was killed
during a May 7 attack on the city's west
side. The last rape occurred on Oct. 13
next to Community High School.
Mitchell's description was made
public by the police after the attack.
"It's pretty routine to do that in a lot
of cases," Scheel said. "Normally the
reason it's done is to check to see if they
happened to pick up a fare that might
match the description."
The target of the highly publicized

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