LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas’ legislation to pave the way for a partnership of Alpena Regional Medical Center (ARMC) and MidMichigan Health has been signed by the governor.
“This has always been about making sure that Northern Michigan residents continue to have convenient access to local, comprehensive health care, and I thank everyone who helped make it a reality,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “With the signing of this reform, Alpena Regional Medical Center and MidMichigan Health will now be able to enter a partnership that improves the long-term future of the hospital and enable it to provide the best care possible to its patients.”
Senate Bill 644, now Public Act 45 of 2016, allows the ARMC board to convert the community-owned hospital into a nonprofit corporation subject to the state’s nonprofit law. The new act will enable the Alpena Board of Commission to work with ARMC to pursue an agreement with MidMichigan Health.
“The governor’s signing of this law today officially clears away the government hoops so our medical center can work together with MidMichigan Health to maintain and expand health care services for residents,” said Rep. Peter Pettalia, R-Presque Isle. “I appreciate the focus on moving this legislation quickly through the process so area patients continue to have quality health care nearby.”