Ascension and Allegan Healthcare Group, Inc., in Allegan, Michigan, have signed a non-binding letter of intent for Allegan to join Ascension Michigan.
The independent, nonprofit Allegan Healthcare Group includes the 25-bed Allegan General Hospital (AGH), a critical access hospital; Allegan Professional Health Services, Inc.; and Allegan General Hospital Foundation. The system has 17 employed primary care providers and an extensive array of ambulatory services across Allegan and Van Buren counties. Ascension Michigan includes Ascension Borgess in Kalamazoo, which is about 30 miles from Allegan.
“We anticipate a great level of cooperation and synergy between Ascension Borgess and Allegan,” said Joseph Cacchione, MD, Senior Vice President, Ascension Healthcare, and Ministry Market Executive, Ascension Michigan. “The potential addition of Allegan General Hospital to Ascension Michigan represents a considerable opportunity for us, working closely with Allegan caregivers, to strengthen healthcare access and delivery, and to better address the healthcare needs of the communities served by Allegan and Ascension Michigan. Our respective missions and values are aligned in seeking to best serve local residents with quality, compassionate, personalized healthcare.”
“We are very proud to become part of the Ascension system,” said Gerald J. Barbini, President and CEO, Allegan General Hospital. “Our missions are very compatible and together we will continue to provide outstanding healthcare to our community. This partnership will significantly enhance and improve all healthcare services available to residents in the Allegan area.”
The transaction would be subject to customary regulatory approvals and closing conditions.