LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas and Rep. Peter Pettalia have introduced legislation to pave the way for a partnership of Alpena Regional Medical Center (ARMC) and MidMichigan Health.
“The most important goal of this bill is to help ensure that the people of Northern Michigan will continue to have access to quality health care,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “By joining forces, ARMC and MidMichigan Health will be able to keep care local, improve the long-term future of the hospital and offer an opportunity for more comprehensive services that are not currently available in the area.”
Pettalia, R-Presque Isle, said, “Allowing the medical center and MidMichigan Health to work together will bring expanded services and stable health care to area residents for years to come. Affordable, convenient health care can be a challenge for families in many regions of the state, but this agreement will be a solution for our community hospital.”
Senate Bill 644 would allow the ARMC board to convert the community-owned hospital into a nonprofit corporation subject to the state’s nonprofit law. This would enable the ARMC to pursue an agreement with MidMichigan Health.
Pettalia has introduced similar legislation, House Bill 5138, in the House of Representatives.
“This is about helping the ARMC enter a partnership with an organization that understands the needs of rural communities and is focused on providing the best care possible to its patients,” Stamas said.
SB 644 has been referred to the Senate Health Policy Committee for consideration.