Charlevoix Area Hospital becomes Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital

Charlevoix Area Hospital becomes Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital today.

Charlevoix Area Hospital becomes Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital today.

Charlevoix Area Hospital officially becomes “Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital” today, Tuesday Dec. 1.

To commemorate this historic event, an evening of celebration is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday Dec. 1, to mark a very special day in Charlevoix Area Hospital’s nearly 100-year history, when they officially become Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital.

 

“Following our announcement to explore a closer affiliation last summer, the CAH Board of Directors considered a range of options for deepening the
relationship,” said Ruth Hoppe, M.D., chair of the Charlevoix Area Hospital Board of Directors in a Sept. 24 new release. “We determined that having Munson Healthcare as our parent company is the most effective way to ensure ongoing hospital success in the changing health care environment.”

Hoppe said the challenges to providing high quality care in northern Michigan—a large rural population and significant geographic distances between communities—make it critical for health care providers to join forces and work together.

“The people who live, work, and play in northern Michigan deserve excellent, accessible and coordinated health care,” she said.

According to hospital officials, Charlevoix Area Hospital and Munson Healthcare have approved an agreement under which the hospital in Charlevoix will join Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital, Munson Healthcare Grayling Hospital, Munson Medical Center, and Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital as fully integrated hospitals in the Munson Healthcare system.

The agreement also includes the outpatient clinics and medical practices currently owned and operated by Charlevoix Area Hospital in Boyne City,
Charlevoix, and East Jordan.

By fully integrating with Munson Healthcare, the CAH Board remains focused on positioning the hospital for a continued strong and sustainable
future and maintaining the right mix of close-to-home health care services.

The public is invited to an open house as CAH becomes Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital.

The general public, friends, donors and all supporters of the hospital are all invited to join the celebration where a short program will be presented at 5:15 p.m. and light refreshments will be served.

The event will take place at Charlevoix Area Hospital, which is located at 14700 Lake Shore Drive in Charlevoix.

Officials say the hospital’s new name reflects Munson Healthcare’s regional impact and emphasizes the strong bonds the healthcare system has throughout northwestern lower Michigan and the eastern Upper Peninsula. And, together, Charlevoix Area Hospital and Munson Healthcare have had a successful, longstanding partnership.

Charlevoix Area Hospital CEO Lyn Jenks said the agreement was a result of the hospital Board’s proactive and thoughtful evaluation of the strategies
needed to ensure the hospital remains a successful provider and economic engine for the Charlevoix region.

In the face of an uncertain economy, declining reimbursement, increased regulation, and unfunded mandates, many rural community hospitals face
significant challenges.

“As Charlevoix County’s second largest employer, Charlevoix Area Hospital has been fortunate to remain viable through many of these changes,” said
Lyn Jenks, CEO of Charlevoix Area Hospital. “However, it is time to take the next step to ensure sustainability for the next 100 years. This is really
an evolution of our long-standing partnership with Munson Healthcare and a positive, logical next step.”

Jenks said the hospital’s board and leadership are confident in their strategic direction and excited to partner with the Munson Healthcare system to further their plan for a sustainable, successful future.

Over the past several months, teams from both organizations have completed a thorough due diligence process to ensure that the new organizational structure will be as intended.

This included a review of all pertinent information, financial records, real estate documents, equipment lists, building and grounds information, human resource information, and more.

During the coming weeks, these teams will continue work together to address needed steps to ensure a smooth transition, including seeking government approvals.

A closing date for the new structure and the beginning of combined operations has been set for Dec. 1, 2015, pending regulatory approvals.

At that time, the hospital’s name will change to Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital, reflecting the new level of collaboration and coordination
with the health care system.

“Significant changes to our industry during the past four years make it imperative that we work more closely together to ensure the very best care, as close to home as possible for northern Michigan patients”, said Ed Ness, President and CEO of Munson Healthcare. “This agreement will allow us to fully collaborate on the realizing that vision.”

Charlevoix Area Hospital and Munson Healthcare and have had a successful, long-standing partnership.

A Rural Health Network agreement between Charlevoix Area Hospital and Munson Medical Center has been in place since 2004 and a 2012 regional affiliation agreement gave the hospital access to a broader range of services from Munson Healthcare.

It also created an ongoing conversation about how the two organizations could best work together to serve patients with local health care services.

Questions/comments from the community are valued and encouraged.

In Charlevoix, call Cathy Fischl at (231) 547-8685 or email to cfischl@cah.org.

In Traverse City call Meghan Daigh at (231) 935-2000 or email voicesandviews@mhc.net.

Updates will be shared online at cah.org/update.

For more information, call (231) 547-4024 or go to the new website for the hospital at munsonhealthcare.org/charlevoixhospital.

 

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