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LifePoint Bolsters Presence in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, December 9, 2013

Nearly two years after its entry into the Michigan market, for-profit LifePoint expands its footprint with deals in two rural communities.

LifePoint Hospitals has finalized affiliations with two rural hospitals in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and the for-profit hospital company says it will continue to look for other provider partners as it builds a network in the remote region.


Leif Murphy

Leif Murphy, CFO and executive vice president at Brentwood, TN-based LifePoint

"We are actively working to build the network of providers in that market," says Leif Murphy, CFO and executive vice president at Brentwood, TN-based LifePoint. "Our strategy is to own and operate community hospitals, and most of our hospitals you will find in rural markets that look just like the Upper Peninsula. It is where we bring great value in terms of our operating model and the delivery of services that those communities really need."

Last week LifePoint announced that it would purchase Bell Hospital, a 25-bed critical access hospital in Ishpeming, MI, about 14 miles west of Marquette. In a separate deal, LifePoint said it would enter a "joint venture" with Portage Health, which includes a 36-bed community hospital and a 60-bed skilled nursing unit in Hancock, MI, about 100 miles northwest of Marquette.

The negotiations were announced earlier this year and both deals must be approved by Michigan's attorney general.

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