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West Branch hospital & MidMichigan Health sign agreement to affiliate

Submitted by Phil Heimerl on February 13, 2018 – 12:12 amNo Comment


West Branch Regional Medical Center (WBRMC) and MidMichigan Health have signed an agreement which would make WBRMC the seventh Medical Center in the MidMichigan Health system.

WBRMC and MidMichigan leadership expect the affiliation to be completed by April 1, 2018.

Once completed, WBRMC would become the third largest wholly-owned subsidiary of MidMichigan Health.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our board of trustees and the time and effort they put into the process of selecting the best affiliation partner for the hospital and communities it serves,” said Bob McGrail, chief executive officer, WBRMC.  “Together with MidMichigan Health we will be stronger and in a better position to navigate the competitive and ever-changing healthcare environment.”

The affiliation process for WBRMC began in 2011. Since that time, the Medical Center in West Branch went from a government-owned facility to a private nonprofit organization, completing that process on Dec. 31, 2015. Over the next two years, the board of trustees and management then evaluated partnership proposals, met with prospective health systems and visited facilities of the prospective partners. In making a selection, the board’s goals included long term viability of the Medical Center, a proven track record of investment in the community, improved access to resources, support for physician recruitment and retention, and continued quality improvement.

In September of 2017, the WBRMC Board of Trustees voted on the selection of MidMichigan Health as the preferred health system to proceed with partnership negotiations. An extensive due-diligence process was recently completed.

“Working alongside our friends at West Branch Regional Medical Center has been nothing short of exceptional. In a rapidly changing health care environment, it’s imperative to choose the right partner to ensure patients have the highest quality in health care, physician expertise and access to state-of-the-art technology and treatment,” said Diane Postler-Slattery, Ph.D., FACHE, president and CEO, MidMichigan Health. “Together, we are committed to keeping the patients the focus of all that we do and keeping care local. This affiliation will make our organizations stronger and the communities we serve will benefit from all this collaboration provides including greater access to care and an excellent patient experience.”

About WBRMC:
West Branch Regional Medical Center is an 88-bed acute care facility located on 44 acres of rolling countryside in Northeast Michigan.  It has three operating suites, a 24-hour emergency department and a state-of-the-art imaging department. In addition to the Medical Center, the “system” also includes Hospice of Helping Hands, the Tolfree Foundation, and Medical Arts Centers in Prudenville and West Branch. WBRMC serves a broad region, with 30 zip codes in Ogemaw, Oscoda, Roscommon, Arenac and Iosco counties. The Medical Center has approximately 350 employees, 58 volunteers, 25 active staff physicians, as well as 12 associate staff physicians, 53 consulting staff physicians, 23 allied health professionals and 17 telemedicine physicians.

About MidMichigan Health:
MidMichigan Health is a non-profit health system, headquartered in Midland, Michigan, affiliated with Michigan Medicine, the health care division of the University of Michigan. MidMichigan Health covers a 22-county region with medical centers in Midland, Alpena, Alma, Clare, Gladwin and Mt. Pleasant. In addition to its Medical Centers, MidMichigan Health also offers both home health care and physician services, and has a strong commitment to medical education. MidMichigan Physicians Group provides urgent care and medical offices in more than 30 specialties and subspecialties including cardiology, hematology/oncology, orthopedics, vascular surgery, family medicine and more. The MidMichigan Health Foundation raises funds to support equipment, services and programs for patients and families served throughout the health system. Currently, MidMichigan has more than 7,200 employees, volunteers and physicians and provided $90 million in community benefits in fiscal year 2017.

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