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Trinity Health sells Port Huron hospital

Karen Bouffard
The Detroit News

Saint Joseph Mercy Health System and Livonia-based Trinity Health have agreed to sell St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron Hospital to a California-based health care company, the Catholic company said Wednesday.

St. Joseph Mercy Health System will continue to own five hospitals in Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, Wayne and Washtenaw counties. The system is part of Trinity Health, the second largest Catholic health care company in the country, operating in 20 states with 87,000 employees and assets of $19.3 billion.

St. Joseph Mercy’s other hospitals are clustered in Southeast Michigan, and the hospital system found it difficult to manage the Port Huron hospital located on the far-east side of the state.

“St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron's distance from other (St. Joseph Mercy) hospitals and outpatient centers have challenged the ability of (the health system) to integrate operations and prepare for population health management in the best interest of the community,” the health system said in a statement announcing the deal.

Subject to regulatory and legal approvals, Prime Healthcare has agreed to invest $20 million in capital improvements to the Port Huron hospital over three years, including investments in a Tru Beam Linear Accelerator — a radiation technology designed to fight cancer.

The California-based company has also committed to a charity care policy that will keep open The People’s Clinic for Better Health, a clinic for indigent patients operated jointly with the St. Clair County Medical Society.

kbouffard@detroitnews.com