McLaren buys Port Huron Hospital

FLINT —Executives of McLaren Health Care and Port Huron Hospital have finalized an agreement for Port Huron Hospital to become the 12th hospital in the notfor profit McLaren Health Care system. The hospital will be renamed McLaren Port Huron.

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.

“For McLaren Health Care, it means we can expand affordable high-quality health care into the Blue Water and Thumb areas of Michigan, including world-class cancer care through our recent partnership with Karmanos Cancer Institute,” said McLaren Health Care president and CEO Philip Incarnati. “We are excited to move forward with this partnership and to work with the highly regarded medical professionals at Port Huron Hospital.”

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

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

The hospital will remain locally governed. David Thompson, chairman of the board of directors for Blue Water Health Services, Port Huron Hospital’s parent organization, will join the McLaren Health Care board of trustees.

Port Huron Hospital is a 186-bed not-for-profit community hospital that provides a full spectrum of inpatient and outpatient health care 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.

Among hospital services are specialized centers, including the 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. — G.G.

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