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McLaren Port Huron to Join with McLaren Health Care - Physician Information

December 11, 2013

Dear Medical Staff:

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Since May, the Blue Water Health Services Board of Trustees has been exploring options that will enable McLaren Port Huron to continue to offer safe, high quality care to the local community.  After a thorough review process, and with unanimous support from the hospital board, we are pleased to announce that the Blue Water board has signed a letter of intent to join McLaren Health Care, an 11-hospital non-profit system headquartered in Flint.

This decision comes after reviewing exceptional proposals from several interested health systems.  The Blue Water board chose McLaren for several reasons.  McLaren shares our enthusiasm and has demonstrated experience in growing services in their local markets.  They utilize proven hospital-physician alignment strategies that position both for success under healthcare reform.  Additionally, McLaren also has a large Physician Hospital Organization that has been successful in achieving quality distinctions in pay-for-performance environments. 

As part of our highly valued medical staff, you will also be pleased to know that McLaren has committed to provide significant capital resources for facility upgrades and expertise that will enhance your practice experience and enable you to offer your patients the latest medical and surgical options. 

McLaren has a long-standing philosophy that healthcare is a locally driven process that should be guided by local leadership and community stakeholders.  Our hospital will continue to benefit from local governance and direction to assure that we continue to focus on the needs of our community.  As a member of McLaren, we would also continue to maintain an independent medical staff model.  As part of our regional market development plan to grow and expand services, it is also our hope to recruit physicians in specialty areas where the community need outpaces the supply.
We now enter into a period of extensive due diligence.  Through the review process, which may take several months to complete, there will be no interruption in care or services for our patients and families. 

As we finalize the agreement, we expect no interruption in care or services for our patients and families. During this process, we will continue to seek input from the medical staff, and we will continue to communicate with you.

I encourage you to attend one of upcoming medical staff meetings, where we can discuss the process and answer any questions you may have.  Refreshments will be provided. Meetings will be held in the Boardroom on the following dates:

  • Friday, December 13 at 12 p.m.

  • Monday, December 16 at 5:30 p.m.

In the meantime, please feel free to contact me at 810-989-3717, or Mike Tawney, D.O., vice president of medical affairs, at 810-989-3706 with any questions or concerns.


Tom DeFauw
President and CEO