Big change in health care landscape

The medical services landscape will soon have a different look due to what’s being called a definitive agreement between MyMichigan Health and Ascension Michigan.

Ascension St. Mary's of Saginaw
In a news release issued by MyMichigan Health, Ascension Michigan’s locations in Saginaw, Tawas, and Standish will become part of MyMichigan Health.  Those locations include Ascension St. Mary’s in Saginaw,  a 268-bed acute care inpatient facility, the Ascension St. Mary’s Towne Center in Saginaw Township, with an ambulatory surgery center, wound center, emergency department and short stay unit facility, Ascension St. Joseph in Tawas, a 47-bed acute inpatient facility, and Ascension St. Mary’s of Standish, a 25-bed critical access hospital and 29-bed skilled nursing facility.  
 Dr. Lydia Watson is the President/CEO of MyMichigan Health.
“Our organizations share many common values and, together, we are committed to working closely to ensure high-quality health care is available to all of the communities we serve,” says Lydia Watson, M.D., president and CEO, MyMichigan Health. “This agreement expands MyMichigan’s commitment and purpose in Creating Healthy Communities – Together, while building on Ascension Michigan’s already strong heritage of providing personalized and compassionate care, with the benefit of added quaternary care through our relationship with Michigan Medicine.”

Jordan Jeon, interim regional president & CEO, Ascension Michigan’s Northern Region and chief strategy officer, Ascension Michigan says, “This transition will ensure that Saginaw, Tawas City and Standish have sustainable, quality health care access long into the future.”
According to the news release, the transaction is expected to close this summer, subject to standard regulatory and other required third-party approvals. Until that time, Ascension Michigan’s northern locations and MyMichigan Health will continue to operate independently. All are committed to creating a smooth transition for patients, associates and physicians, with no disruption in services or procedures. “We are focused and strongly believe in providing care close to home and to those that need it most,” says Dr. Watson. “We will ensure that patients, their families, neighbors and loved ones will have an exceptional health care experience for many, many years to come.” 

For more information on these healthcare providers, visit  MyMichigan Health or Ascension’s websites. MyMichigan Health is headquartered in Midland. 

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Ron Beacom has served as the managing editor of Catalyst Midland since October 2020. He's also a freelance writer for the Midland Daily News and the producer/host of "Second Act: Life at 50 Plus" for WDCQ-Delta College Public Media (PBS). He's the co-producer of two WDCQ documentaries about the Tittabawassee River Disaster in 2020, "Breached! and Breached!2-The Recovery."