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Published on January 22, 2014

Mackinac Straits Health System and MidMichigan Health Announce Affiliation Discussions

Mackinac Straits Health System LogoMackinac Straits Health System (MSHS) and MidMichigan Health jointly announced that discussions are underway between the two organizations regarding a possible affiliation. Rod Nelson, CEO of MSHS, stated that MSHS had been working closely with MidMichigan since the fall of 2013 and believes there is strong synergy, shared values and compelling reasons why both organizations should work more closely as one.

“For two organizations to come together successfully requires a strategic fit, a match of cultures and common objectives.  I believe we are very closely aligned with MidMichigan. They believe in our mission of providing local access and quality healthcare to the families and communities we serve.”

Over the past three months MSHS has received surgical services consulting from MidMichigan. “This has been an opportunity to see firsthand the expertise and knowledge MidMichigan has to offer. We recognize that while we have many strengths, operating successful health systems in today’s environment requires more than we have available to us as a stand-alone health care organization,” he added.

MidMichigan Health is a four- hospital health system with medical centers based in Midland, Clare, Gladwin and Alma. It also includes physician practices, urgent care centers, home care and nursing home care. MidMichigan Health is affiliated with the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor.

According to Diane Postler-Slattery, president/CEO of MidMichigan Health, “We too would benefit from an affiliation with MSHS. Fewer than 20 percent of Michigan hospitals are independent and these statistics are mirrored nationally. For organizations like ours to continue to be successful we must address size, scale and a geographic footprint. We admire MSHS’ passion for excellence, their standards for service and their integrity. We both want a win/win out of this arrangement.”

Mackinac Straits Health System includes a hospital and nursing home on a modern, shared campus in St. Ignace; physician-staffed clinics in St. Ignace, Pickford, Mackinaw City, Naubinway and Mackinac Island, as well as a foundation and advanced ancillary and specialty services. Both organizations have been meeting regularly to define the structure of the affiliation. Further details are expected in the early spring.