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McLaren Port Huron signs letter of intent to join McLaren Health Care - McLaren Port Huron to retain local board of trustees

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Port Huron, Mich. -- Blue Water Health Services, the parent of Port Huron Hospital, signed a letter of intent yesterday to join McLaren Health Care, making McLaren Port Huron the healthcare system’s 12th member hospital. The decision was unanimously supported by the hospital’s board of trustees. McLaren Port Huron and McLaren now enter an exclusive due diligence period, which may take several months to complete, to finalize the details of each hospital’s commitment.

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After a six-month review, and after evaluating eight prospective partners, the Blue Water Health Services board of trustees determined that McLaren would be the best long-term fit for the Port Huron community.

“McLaren’s proposal met the rigorous objectives we set in our request for proposals,” said David Thompson, Blue Water board chair. “McLaren shares our enthusiasm for improving our facilities, growing our services and expanding our local market. They fully support local governance and will allow the hospital board to continue significant local decision-making, while extending the benefits of being part of a larger hospital system.”

Under the terms of the letter of intent, the Blue Water Health Services board and the McLaren Health Care board will commit to service growth, facility and equipment improvements, employee and physician commitments and chart a course for success under new healthcare reform requirements. Under the proposed terms, McLaren Port Huron will retain authority over Marwood Nursing and Rehab, the McLaren Port Huron Foundation and other PHH subsidiaries.

“We are obviously very pleased in this vote of confidence by the boards and leadership at Blue Water Health Services and McLaren Port Huron in selecting McLaren for an exclusive due diligence process with the intent of joining our growing system”, said Phil Incarnati, President and CEO of McLaren Health Care. “While there remains additional work to refine the details of this proposed transaction, we are very excited about the huge benefits that this partnership will bring to both organizations and the Port Huron community.”

McLaren Port Huron announced in May that it had retained Juniper Advisory to conduct a strategic review to determine the best way to strengthen and grow the hospital’s facilities and services. By joining McLaren, the hospital system will be able to secure a future of high-quality, accessible healthcare for the Port Huron community, Blue Water and Thumb areas of Michigan.

“The quality and compassionate care that our patients expect of us will continue well into the future,” says Tom DeFauw, president and CEO of McLaren Port Huron. “We will continue to respond to local healthcare needs while maintaining local governance. Now, with the backing of McLaren, we’ll be able to better serve our community, improve our campus and prepare for success under the new operational demands of healthcare reform.”

McLaren Port Huron will provide updates to the community as more information becomes available. Community members can go to to submit questions.

About Blue Water Health Services

Blue Water Health Services, incorporated in 1981, is a network of healthcare services that includes McLaren Port Huron, Marwood Nursing and Rehab; Willow Enterprises composed of McLaren Port Huron Medical Equipment, McLaren Port Huron Pharmacy Place and McLaren Port Huron Industrial Health Services; Parkview Property Management Corporation; and McLaren Port Huron Foundation.

About McLaren Port Huron

McLaren Port Huron is a 186-bed, not-for-profit, community hospital that provides a full spectrum of inpatient and outpatient healthcare services to residents in St. Clair and Sanilac counties. Committed to making a positive difference in the health of our communities since 1882, McLaren Port Huron has been recognized repeatedly for clinical excellence and patient safety by nationally renowned organizations known for their measurements of hospitals and healthcare systems.

Among hospital services are specialized centers including the Women's Wellness Place, McLaren Port Huron Physical Therapy, Port Huron Hospital Bariatric Center of Michigan, McLaren Port Huron Wound Healing, McLaren Port Huron Pain Services, McLaren Port Huron Center for Sleep Medicine and McLaren Port Huron Outpatient Counseling.

About McLaren Health Care

McLaren Health Care, a Michigan nonprofit organization, is a large, clinically integrated health delivery system that includes eleven hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, the state’s only proton therapy center, the state’s largest network of cancer centers and providers, an employed primary care physician network, assisted living facilities, commercial and Medicaid HMOs, home health care and hospice, durable medical equipment, retail pharmacy services, and a wholly-owned medical malpractice insurance company. Each year, McLaren serves more than 6.5 million Michigan residents, at over 300 facilities in 53 counties. More information is available at

Media Contacts:

McLaren Port Huron - Ginger VanNuck, 810.989.3523,
McLaren Health Care - Kevin Tompkins, 810.342.1173,