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Port Huron Hospital finalizes agreement to join McLaren Health Care

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Renamed McLaren Port Huron is McLaren’s 12th hospital in statewide system

Port Huron, Mich. -- Port Huron Hospital and McLaren Health Care have completed their due diligence process and have received all regulatory approvals to enable Port Huron Hospital to become the 12th hospital in the McLaren Health Care system.  The definitive agreement, effective May 1, 2014, was signed by Philip Incarnati, McLaren Health Care president and CEO, and David Thompson, Blue Water Health Services Board chairman.

The agreement paves the way for immediate expanded health services in the Port Huron area, including a new cancer center, facility improvements and upgraded technology and equipment.

“The Blue Water Health Services board, in conjunction with the Port Huron Hospital board and executive and medical leadership, has worked diligently over the past year to ensure that the future of this community’s health care options would remain secure,” said Thompson.  “We are thrilled to join McLaren Health Care, and are confident that this transition will significantly enhance the quality of care our community already receives from Port Huron Hospital.”

Under the terms of the agreement, Port Huron Hospital will maintain its local board of trustees and its current leadership.  The hospital will remain locally governed and able to make decisions for the benefit of our local community.  Thompson will join the McLaren Health Care board of trustees.  Port Huron Hospital will be renamed McLaren Port Huron. 

The agreement also provides capital funding for the construction of a new cancer center and a new inpatient tower.  The hospital expects to break ground for the cancer center early in 2015 with construction of the inpatient tower beginning later in 2015.

“This is the culmination of many months of careful discussion and planning. We are excited to move forward with this partnership and work with the highly regarded medical professionals at Port Huron Hospital,” said Incarnati.  “For McLaren Health Care, it means we can expand quality, compassionate health care into the Blue Water and Thumb areas of Michigan.”

“In May 2013, Port Huron Hospital announced that we had begun a strategic review to determine the best way to strengthen and grow the hospital’s facilities and services.  Joining McLaren Health Care allows us to remain a non-profit, to retain local decision-making, and to secure the future of high-quality, accessible health care for the local community,” said Tom DeFauw, president and CEO of Port Huron Hospital.  “And with McLaren Health Care’s support and resources, we will be better equipped to manage the operational demands stemming from the Affordable Care Act.

Port Huron Hospital will provide updates to the community as more information becomes available. Community members can go to www.porthuronhospital.org/ask to submit questions.

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

About Port Huron Hospital
Port Huron Hospital 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, Port Huron Hospital 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 Women's Wellness Place, Port Huron Hospital Physical Therapy, Port Huron Hospital Bariatric Center of Michigan, Port Huron Hospital Wound Healing Center, Port Huron Hospital Pain Management Services, Port Huron Hospital Center for Sleep Medicine and Port Huron Hospital Outpatient Counseling Services.

About McLaren Health Care
McLaren Health Care, headquartered in Flint, Mich., is a fully integrated health network committed to quality evidence-based patient care and cost efficiency. The McLaren system includes 12 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, the state’s only proton therapy center, an employed primary care physician network, commercial and Medicaid HMOs covering more than 250,000 lives, home health and hospice providers, durable medical equipment services, retail pharmacy services, and a wholly owned medical malpractice insurance company. McLaren operates Michigan’s largest network of cancer centers and providers, anchored by Karmanos Cancer Institute, one of only two National Cancer Institute-designated centers in the state. McLaren has 21,000 employees and more than 20,000 network physicians. Its operations are housed in more than 300 facilities serving a 54-county market and 75 percent of Michigan’s population. Learn more at www.mclaren.org.