Ascension and Allegan Healthcare Group, Inc., in Allegan, Michigan, have signed a definitive agreement for Allegan to join Ascension Michigan effective September 1, 2019. Ascension is one of the nation’s leading non-profit and Catholic healthcare systems.
“The addition of Allegan General Hospital to Ascension Michigan will strengthen healthcare access and delivery for area residents and ensure the continued provision of high-quality healthcare well into the future,” said Tim Stover, MD, Interim Ministry Market Executive for Ascension Michigan. “Ascension Michigan looks forward to working closely with Allegan care providers to provide mission-inspired, best-practice care to those we are so privileged to serve across West Michigan.”
The independent, nonprofit Allegan Healthcare Group includes 25-bed Allegan General Hospital, a critical access hospital; Allegan Professional Health Services, Inc.; and Allegan General Hospital Foundation. The system has 16 employed physicians 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. When Allegan joins Ascension, it will adopt the unified Ascension brand and identity, making it easier for those Allegan serves to connect to the national health system’s compassionate, personalized care.
“With our values so closely aligned, we are excited to have reached this agreement with Ascension and look forward to working together to continue to provide exceptional care to our communities for generations to come,” said Gerald J. Barbini, President and CEO, Allegan General Hospital.
About Ascension Michigan
In Michigan, Ascension operates 15 hospitals and hundreds of related healthcare facilities that together employ over 20,000 associates. Across the state, Ascension provided over $272 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2018. Serving Michigan for over 140 years, Ascension (www.ascension.org) is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S., Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. In fiscal year 2018, Ascension provided nearly $2 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. Ascension includes approximately 156,000 associates and 34,000 aligned providers. The national health system operates more than 2,600 sites of care – including 151 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities – in 21 states and the District of Columbia.
Allegan General Hospital is a community hospital that focuses on always providing exceptional, compassionate and personalized healthcare for the community it serves. It recently received a Level IV Trauma Center designation. Allegan General provides a wide range of healthcare services, including primary care, orthopedics, wound care, physical rehabilitation, and mental health. For more information about the hospital, visit www.allegangeneral.org.