Southfield-based Beaumont Health, Michigan’s largest health care system, has signed a definitive agreement to sell its ambulance division to Illinois-based Superior Air Ground Ambulance Service Inc., an organization the health system has been working with for the past year.
Details of the transaction, which is expected to close within the next several months, were not disclosed.
The negotiations with Superior began prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. The transaction includes Community Emergency Medical Service Inc., Parastar Inc., and Beaumont Mobile Medicine.
“Superior’s expertise, experience, and commitment to high-quality ambulance service will benefit the community,” says Carolyn Wilson, COO of Beaumont. “We are enthusiastic to bring the expertise of the Superior team together with the talented CEMS, Parastar, and Beaumont Mobile Medicine teams to provide exceptional access to care for our patients. We recognize the importance of timely and reliable ambulance services. In working with Superior over the last year, we have been impressed by the company’s ability to serve our patients.”
About 500 employees in Beaumont’s ambulance division will transition as part of the transaction, pending approval of the Michigan Attorney General’s Office.
“We are eager to serve the community and thrilled to continue working with Beaumont Health,” says Mary Franco, vice president of Superior. “We are also pleased to transition the staff over to our organization. The team knows southeast Michigan well, and their expertise will allow us to continue serving the community without interruption.”
The health system announced on Tuesday it was temporarily laying off 2,475 employees, eliminating about 450 positions, and cutting executive pay due to the financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Beaumont Health is Michigan’s largest health care system based on inpatient admissions and net patient revenue. Prior to Tuesday’s layoff announcement, the organization consisted of eight hospitals with 3,429 beds, 145 outpatient sites, nearly 5,000 physicians, more than 38,000 employees, and about 3,500 volunteers.