Our board carefully reviewed strategic options with organizations from across the country, and Duke LifePoint is clearly the best match for Marquette General and the communities we serve," said Judy Watson-Olson, Vice-Chair of the MGHS Board.
In addition, Duke LifePoint shares a fundamental commitment to the MGHS workforce and to continuation of MGHS's historical provision of charity care.
As part of Duke LifePoint, we will be able to create new opportunities and new jobs for doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals in the Upper Peninsula," said Gary Muller, President and CEO of MGHS.
The housekeeping and laundry departments are very visible healthcare staff members," said Ellen Greer, Director of Housekeeping at MGHS.
Located in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, MGHS is a 315-bed specialty care hospital, providing care in 65 specialties and subspecialties since 1973.
An additional credit concern is DCHS's small size, which makes the organization susceptible to volume fluctuations, physician turnover, and health plan contracting items, however, DCHS's recent affiliation with MGHS should mitigate some of these concerns.
However, Fitch views the organization's three-year partnership with MGHS favorably with the intent of the relationship to create better physician relationships and improved purchasing power with Blue Cross Blue Shield.
In the first phase of their radiology system implementation, MGHS
is replacing their current RIS with RadPlus in order to upgrade their functionality and resolve Y2K compliance issues.