Ascension Selling Three Northern Michigan Hospitals

Last October, Detroit-based Henry Ford Health and Ascension Michigan signed an agreement to form a joint venture to merge eight Ascension hospitals in southeast Michigan and Genesys’ healthcare facilities and assets with those of Henry Ford . Now Ascension has signed an agreement to sell three northern Michigan hospitals to MyMichigan Health.

Under the agreement, Ascension Michigan locations in Saginaw, Tawas and Standish will become part of MyMichigan Health.

“Our organizations share many common values ​​and, together, we are committed to working closely to ensure that high-quality health care is available to all of the communities we serve,” said Lydia Watson, MD, president and CEO of the organization. nonprofit MyMichigan Health, in a statement.

Headquartered in Midland, the organization serves 25 counties, with medical centers in Alma, Alpena, Clare, Gladwin, Midland, Mt. Pleasant, Sault Ste. Marie and West Branch,
Headquartered in St. Louis, Ascension operates more than 2,600 healthcare sites in 19 states and Washington, D.C., including 140 hospitals and 40 nursing homes.

“This agreement expands MyMichigan’s commitment and purpose to creating healthy communities, together, while building on Ascension Michigan’s already strong heritage of providing personalized, compassionate care, with the benefit of additional quaternary care through our relationship with Michigan Medicine,” Watson added.

Ascension St. Mary’s of Saginaw, a 268-bed acute care hospital facility; Ascension St. Mary’s Towne Center, an outpatient surgery center, wound care center, emergency department and short-stay unit; Ascension St. Joseph in Tawas, a 47-bed acute inpatient facility, and Ascension St. Mary’s of Standish, a 25-bed critical access hospital and 29-bed skilled nursing facility, will join MyMichigan Health. This also includes all Ascension Medical Group related care sites and related medical practices.

“Ascension St. Mary’s, Ascension St. Joseph and Ascension Standish have been committed to our mission of serving all people, with special attention to the most vulnerable. As a regional provider, MyMichigan Health is well positioned to continue this legacy, serving the community through an integrated care delivery system,” said Jordan Jeon, interim regional president and CEO of Ascension Michigan’s Northern Region and director of Ascension Michigan strategy, in a statement. “This transition will ensure that Saginaw, Tawas City and Standish have access to quality, sustainable healthcare in the future.”

The transaction is expected to close this summer, subject to regulatory approvals.

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