Central Mich. Community Hospital Joins McLaren 9-29-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Central Mich. Community Hospital Joins McLaren 9-29-2010

Central Michigan Community Hospital and McLaren Health Care announced Wednesday a merger that secures the future of the Isabella County hospital, while joining it with one of the top 25 health care systems in the United States.
The deal ends CMCH's 67 year run as an independent hospital.
The hosptial's Heart and Vascular Center opened this July and its Norval K. Morey Cancer Center celebrated its 5-year anniversary this month. Its obstetrics unit was renovated into a modern Family Birthing Center in 2008, the same year that CMCH was named a Thomson Reuters top-100 U.S. hospital.
“McLaren keeps local hospitals local. It keeps local decision-making and local assets in place," CMCH President and CEO Bill Lawrence said in a news release "At the same time, it supports its hospitals with nearly 10,000 associated physicians and state-of-the-art technology.”
Officials said CMCH routinely scores 100% for completing specific steps in the care process, and 96% to 99% of patients say they’d choose CMCH again. A comparison between 2010 and 2009 shows the hospital admitted 200+ more patients, handled 250+ more births and responded to about 5,000 more emergency room visits.
“Central Michigan Community Hospital is an extraordinary community resource,” McLaren Health Care President and CEO Philip Incarnati said. “We are delighted to welcome CMCH to the team. We respect and value the work they are doing to deliver outstanding patient quality while adeptly managing costs.”
The McLaren system serves 29 Michigan counties with 2,052 licensed beds and eight regional hospitals in Flint, Lapeer, Lansing, Bay City, Mount Clemens, and Pontiac. Its home care and hospice services have won the Michigan Medicare Quality Program Improvement Award.
The McLaren Health Plan is recognized by the Association of Health Plans as the most efficient health insurance provider in the state.
The complementary markets served by McLaren and Central Michigan helped cement the merger, said George Dunn, chair of the CMCH Board of Directors.
“There’s no overlap between our communities and theirs,” Dunn said. “That means our staff and services remain intact, plus our community stands to gain McLaren services that we don’t currently offer. It’s a win-win situation."
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