HealthCare Midwest and Bronson Healthcare are making plans to bring their organizations together early next year. Pending requisite legal and regulatory approvals, HealthCare Midwest, and its affiliated components, will join the Bronson family of companies as a wholly owned subsidiary. Under this ownership model, Healthcare Midwest will retain its physician-led operational structure and CEO Jim McKernan will continue as the senior executive. HealthCare Midwest’s name will change to Bronson Healthcare Midwest.
Headquartered in Kalamazoo, HealthCare Midwest is a multidisciplinary physician group that has been serving southwest Michigan since 1993. With a total workforce of 427, of which 90 are physicians and mid-level providers, it delivers care in a variety of specialties at locations in Kalamazoo, Portage, Battle Creek, Paw Paw, Coldwater, Three Rivers, Sturgis and Allegan. HealthCare Midwest physicians have medical staff privileges at Bronson Methodist Hospital and many serve in leadership roles.
“The providers and staff of HealthCare Midwest are very much looking forward to becoming part of the Bronson family of companies,” says HealthCare Midwest President, Robert Isacksen, M.D. “Bronson has an exceptional reputation for quality and service, regionally and nationally. Aligning our organizations will help us continue to advance clinical quality, integrate information technology, and recruit and retain a solid base of excellent providers.”
Frank Sardone, President and CEO, Bronson Healthcare, says, “The decision to take our longstanding relationship with this provider group to the next level is part of preparing for the future. There are many synergies to be gained. We believe that coming together better positions us for emerging changes in the national healthcare delivery system and will further enhance coordination of care for our patients.”
Bronson Healthcare is a not-for-profit, community-governed healthcare system serving ten counties in southwest and south central Michigan. With 6,600 employees, more than 1,000 medical staff members, and 773 licensed beds, Bronson is the largest employer and leading healthcare system in southwest Michigan. It offers a full range of services from primary care to critical care across more than 60 locations. Key member organizations include: Bronson Methodist Hospital, Bronson Battle Creek Hospital, Bronson LakeView Hospital, Bronson Vicksburg Outpatient Center, Bronson Medical Group, Bronson Advanced Radiology Services, Bronson Home Health Care, Bronson Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Bronson Staffing Service, Bronson Lifestyle Improvement & Research Center and the Bronson Health Foundation.
The transaction is expected take a number of months to complete. The next step will be to begin working on the definitive agreements necessary to complete the transaction as well as conduct ‘due diligence’. Until the transaction is finalized in 2013, HealthCare Midwest and Bronson continue to operate separately and independently. Patients are being informed that they should not expect any immediate changes.
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