Senate OKs Stamas bill for Alpena Regional Medical Center partnership with MidMichigan Health

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Sen. Jim Stamas

Sen. Jim Stamas

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Thursday approved Sen. Jim Stamas’ legislation that would pave the way for a partnership of Alpena Regional Medical Center (ARMC) and MidMichigan Health.

“This measure is about helping the ARMC enter a partnership that will enable it to remain focused on providing the best care possible to its patients,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “By teaming up together, ARMC and MidMichigan Health would 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.

“The Alpena County Board of Commissioners recently passed a resolution in support of this bill. I am appreciative of everyone involved in this effort so Northern Michigan residents will continue to have convenient access to quality health care.”

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. Therefore allowing the Alpena Board of Commission to work with ARMC to pursue an agreement with MidMichigan Health.

The bill now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration. Pettalia, R-Presque Isle, has introduced similar legislation.