In this new landscape, operating as a stand-alone organization is increasingly challenging, especially for rural hospitals like ours. Meaningful partnerships and collaborations are often required to secure the best healthcare outcomes for our patients and our organizations have already been collaborating for increased access.
For example, for the last five years, Hills & Dales Healthcare and the providers across United Healthcare Partners have been a part of the Covenant Regional Thumb Network (CRTN) which focuses on making extraordinary care available to communities throughout the Thumb.
Our aligned missions and long-term vision to keep care local, as well as our shared identity as Critical Access Hospitals, make combining our organizations a natural next step in our work together.
Hills & Dales Healthcare
Marlette Regional Hospital
Deckerville Community Hospital
While signing the LOI is an important milestone, there is still much work to be done to become one unified health system. The organizations are currently in a period of mutual due diligence to fully determine the details of a final agreement. Pending further Board approvals and standard state and federal regulatory review, they hope to finalize an agreement that will combine the organizations early next year.
In the meantime, current daily operations are unchanged at the organizations and patients should continue to visit their providers, clinics and facilities as they always have.