MOUNT VERNON, Ill.Good Samaritan Regional Health Center, a 130-bed facility in Mount Vernon, is planning a new building expected to cost $185 million and accommodate 146 beds four miles from its current location, according to a letter of intent filed with the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board. A separate letter indicates plans for a 140,000-square-foot medical office building and surgery and diagnostic center on the new site, a partnership between a local physicians group and the hospital, a member of St. Louis-based SSM Health Care.
LIVONIA, Mich.St. Mary Mercy Hospital said last month it will merge its books and governance into St. Joseph Mercy Health System, a three-hospital system based in Ann Arbor, Mich. Both already are owned by Trinity Health, which is based in Novi, Mich., and owns or manages 43 hospitals. This isnt a traditional asset merger or what we have seen in other markets, said Steve Paulus, vice president of planning and business development for St. Joseph Mercy. It provides our respective organizations with the opportunity to support our communities through collaboration rather than through competition. Paulus said the enlarged system, which will keep the St. Joseph Mercy name, will have a single operating budget, and its governance will be reconstituted to include board members from 280-bed St. Mary Mercy. The executive team of each will remain intact with Garry Faja as president and chief executive officer of the system and David Spivey as president and CEO of St. Mary Mercy. Paulus noted that the market the systems hospitals served faced increasing competition from Detroits big players. This year, Henry Ford Health System and St. John Health System plan to open new hospitals in suburbs about 15 miles from St. Mary Mercy.
AKRON, OhioSumma Health System and a group of physicians are planning to build and operate a for-profit hospital in northern Summit County, Ohio, between Akron and Cleveland. Summa, based in Akron, signed a letter of intent with Western Reserve Hospital Partners, a physician group that incorporated in July 2007 for the purpose of the proposed 100-bed hospital. Amid growing competition from Clevelands University Hospitals and the Cleveland Clinic, Summa is executing a plan of regional expansion that in the past year has brought a fourth hospital to the system226-bed Barberton (Ohio) Citizens Hospitalas well as two hospital affiliations and joint ventures with physicians in cardiac and orthopedic care. It really is a matter of us establishing ourselves as one of three options in healthcare in Northeast Ohio, said Summas President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Strauss. The agreement with Western Reserve Hospital Partners spells out that the proposed hospital would have a charity-care policy consistent with Summas, Strauss said, and will look and feel like every other entity we have in terms of providing support to our communities.