Muskegon Hospital Merger Announced

April 2, 2008
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MUSKEGON — Mercy Health Partners is the new hospital in Muskegon, as the merger of Hackley and Mercy General hospitals under the Trinity Health banner was announced.

The hospitals have been working since last fall on the proposal, backed by a group of community leaders, to join under single ownership.

Mercy Health Partners will have more than 4,000 employees and 375 doctors. It will be owned by Trinity Health, based in Novi. Trinity Health is the nation’s fourth-largest Catholic hospital system with revenues of $6.1 billion. It manages or owns 45 hospitals, including Saint Mary’s Health Care in Grand Rapids and Muskegon’s former Mercy General Hospital.

The merged health system will include four hospitals. Together they recorded 21,000 inpatient discharges and 137,000 emergency and urgent care visits in the past year.

After conducting meetings with focus groups with people from Muskegon, Spring Lake, Ludington, Fremont, Fruitport, Grand Haven and other lakeshore communities, the merging organization settled on the Mercy Health Partners name. Individual facilities will retain their identities: Hackley, Muskegon General, Mercy and Lakeshore campuses.

Mercy General was created 10 years ago by another merger. It has been owned by Trinity Health since 2000. It has 230 beds on two campus. Mercy General reported a revenue of $239 million for the fiscal year that ended last June.

Hackley Hospital has 181 beds and included a facility knows at Hackley Lakeshore Hospital in Shelby, which has 24 beds. Hackley overcame a $3 million deficit in fiscal 2006 to post $1.6 million in the black on revenues of $231 million in the fiscal year that ended last June.

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