Board members with Ludington-based Memorial Medical Center recently signed a nonbinding letter signifying the facility's intent to merge with Spectrum Health System, one of a number of systems MMC reportedly considered. The chairman of the MMC board said the center chose Spectrum for its ability to help MMC expand services and patient access as well as its support for the facility's "commitment and sense of mission" and general understanding of West Michigan.
MMC announced in late 2012 that it was interested in signing a purchase agreement with a larger health system and would begin searching for potential partners. A nationwide vetting process began, during which the 87-bed hospital's board and a contracted advisory firm reviewed a total of 27 health care systems before unanimously deciding on Spectrum. Memorial Medical Center's current board of directors will remain intact following the merge, a provision that board members say will help ensure more local oversight in operating the facility.