FLINT— Executives of McLaren Health Care and Port Huron Hospital today have finalized an agreement for Port Huron Hospital to become the 12th hospital in the not-for-profit McLaren Health Care system. The hospital will be renamed McLaren Port Huron.
The agreement paves the way for immediate expanded health services in the Port Huron area, including a new cancer center, facility improvements, and upgraded technology and equipment.
“For McLaren Health Care, it means we can expand affordable high-quality health care into the Blue Water and Thumb areas of Michigan, including world-class cancer care through our recent partnership with Karmanos Cancer Institute,” said Philip Incarnati, McLaren Health Care president and CEO.
Capital funding for the construction of a new cancer center and a new inpatient tower is part of the agreement. The hospital expects to break ground for the cancer center early next year with construction of the inpatient tower beginning later in the year.
“In May 2013, Port Huron Hospital began a strategic review to determine the best way to strengthen and grow the hospital’s facilities and services,” said Tom DeFauw, president and CEO of Port Huron Hospital. “Joining McLaren Health Care allows us to remain a nonprofit, retain local decision-making and secure the future of high-quality, accessible health care for the local community.
The hospital will remain locally governed. David Thompson, chairman of the board of directors for Blue Water Health Services, Port Huron Hospital’s parent organization, will join the McLaren Health Care board of trustees.