Hospital plans to ‘join’ health system


Allegan General Hospital, which opened in 1940, provides a range of health care services: emergency, surgery, bariatrics, physical rehabilitation, sleep center, mental health and more. Photo via

A hospital in the area is planning to “join” a statewide health care system.

Ascension and Allegan-based Allegan Healthcare Group said today they've signed a “non-binding letter of intent” for Allegan to join Ascension Michigan, subject to customary regulatory approvals and closing conditions.

The nonprofit Allegan Healthcare Group includes the 25-bed Allegan General Hospital, a federally designated critical access hospital, as well as Allegan Professional Health Services and the Allegan General Hospital Foundation.

The group has 17 employed primary care providers and ambulatory services across Allegan and Van Buren counties.

Ascension Michigan operates 15 hospitals in Michigan, including the Kalamazoo-based Borgess health system.

Ascension is based in St. Louis.

“We anticipate a great level of cooperation and synergy between Ascension Borgess and Allegan,” said Dr. Joseph Cacchione, SVP of Ascension Healthcare and ministry market executive, Ascension Michigan.

“The potential addition of Allegan General Hospital to Ascension Michigan represents a considerable opportunity for us, working closely with Allegan caregivers, to strengthen health care access and delivery and to better address the health care needs of the communities served by Allegan and Ascension Michigan.”

Gerald Barbini, the president and CEO of Allegan General Hospital, said the "partnership will significantly enhance and improve all health care services available to residents in the Allegan area.”

“Our missions are very compatible, and together we will continue to provide outstanding health care to our community," Barbini said.

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