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LUD­ING­TON, Mich.— Me­mo­rial Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Lud­ing­ton is the lat­est hos­pi­tal with plans to be­come a mem­ber of Spec­trum Health. Me­mo­rial Med­i­cal, an 80-bed hos­pi­tal near the shore of Lake Michi­gan, signed a non­bind­ing let­ter of in­tent to join the not-for-profit sys­tem, based about 90 miles south in Grand Rapids. The de­ci­sion comes af­ter a vote last fall in which Me­mo­rial Med­i­cal Cen­ter’s board of di­rec­tors de­cided to in­ves­ti­gate pos­si­ble re­la­tion­ships with larger and more in­te­grated health­care sys­tems. Me­mo­rial Med­i­cal Cen­ter looked at 27 op­tions be­fore nar­row­ing

said in the re­lease. “We ap­pre­ci­ate the pa­tience of our em­ploy­ees and oth­ers in the com­mu­nity, as we worked hard be­hind the scenes seek­ing the best out­come for all par­ties.” The or­ga­ni­za­tions set a July 1 dead­line to reach a de­fin­i­tive agree­ment and hope to meet all nec­es­sary reg­u­la­tory ap­provals in time to trans­fer own­er­ship by Oc­to­ber.

— Rachel Lan­den the field to sev­eral fi­nal­ists. “Given the rapidly chang­ing health­care in­dus­try, the board rec­og­nized it was our re­spon­si­bil­ity to ex­plore all op­tions to bet­ter meet the health­care needs of our com­mu­nity,” board chair Al Deer­ing said in a news re­lease. Me­mo­rial Med­i­cal Cen­ter Pres­i­dent and CEO Mark Vip­per­man said in the re­lease that Me­mo­rial pa­tients “will ben­e­fit from ex­panded ser­vices, ac­cess to spe­cial­ists and en­hanced re­cruit­ment of ad­di­tional physi­cians.” Last month, Spec­trum Health an­nounced an agree­ment to ac­quire Me­costa County Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Big Rapids, Mich., on July 1.

— Rachel Lan­den

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