OWOSSO, Mich. (AP) - It's hospital merger time across Michigan as federal health care changes and the economy push small providers to combine with larger ones to survive and prosper.
Among those seeking a larger partner is Owosso-based Memorial Healthcare. The 90-year-old, 150-bed hospital asked for partnership proposals from larger providers in June and now is considering offers from 3 of them.
The Detroit Free Press says (http://on.freep.com/vRpHbB ) Memorial Health care is 1 of 37 remaining independent, free-standing hospitals in Michigan.
The Owosso hospital says it's looking at proposals from McLaren Health in Flint, Sparrow Health in Lansing and Covenant HealthCare in Saginaw.
The newspaper says a number of other mergers or takeovers are under consideration in the state. They include McLaren's effort to buy the Northern Michigan Regional Health System, based in Petoskey.
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