2012-09-06 / Community

Duke finalizes MGH deal

Acquisition includes $350M of projects

MARQUETTE – Duke LifePoint Healthcare has officially acquired the Marquette General Health System. Members from the Marquette General Health System Board of Trustees and Duke LifePoint Healthcare made the announcement Tuesday.

“Our top priority in selecting a strategic partner for Marquette General was to find an organization that shared our long-term commitment to advancing healthcare throughout the U.P.,” said Brad Cory, chair of the Marquette General Health System Board of Trustees. “Duke LifePoint is the ideal partner for us. It provides advances in quality, and resources and support that will help us enhance healthcare delivery in our communities and strengthen Marquette General for the future.”

Under the terms of the agreement, Duke LifePoint will invest $350 million in capital improvement projects and physician recruitment over the next 10 years. Proposed capital improvement projects include: a state-of-the-art outpatient surgery center, comprehensive cancer center, private patient rooms, new technology and new IT infrastructure. Duke LifePoint also has provided funding for Marquette General’s charitable foundation, which will be used to improve healthcare in the greater Marquette community and underserved areas of the Upper Peninsula.

“This acquisition is an exciting milestone for Marquette General’s staff, physicians, patients and communities,” said Gary Muller, president and CEO of Marquette General. “As part of Duke LifePoint, we will gain access to clinical and operational resources that will help our hospital thrive in the changing healthcare environment. We look forward to working with the Duke LifePoint team to find ways to expand our services, support our U.P. partners and better serve our communities.”

As part of the acquisition, Marquette General’s pension program has been fully funded and Duke LifePoint has assumed the hospital’s obligations for all active employees under its contract with the Michigan Nurses Association. Duke LifePoint also will continue relationships Marquette General has established with organizations including Northern Michigan University, Superior Health Partners (including Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital) and Michigan State University.

“Marquette General has been a vital part of the healthcare infrastructure across the Upper Peninsula for more than 50 years,” said LifePoint Chairman and Chief Executive Officer William F. Carpenter III. “We are proud to welcome Marquette General to Duke LifePoint, and we are excited about the opportunity to work together to enhance healthcare in the U.P. and make this region healthier for generations to come.”

Marquette General is the fourth hospital to join Duke LifePoint and is the first hospital in Michigan.

“We began Duke LifePoint with a vision of partnering with community hospitals to transform healthcare delivery,” said William J. Fulkerson Jr., M.D., executive vice president of Duke University Health System. “Our relationship with Marquette General, our first hospital in Michigan, can meaningfully impact quality care in the Upper Peninsula and beyond.”

The transaction was reviewed and approved by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette. Additional information regarding the transaction and the Attorney General review can be found at www.michigan.gov/ag/.

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