(Iron Mountain - December 04, 2017) - Dickinson County Healthcare
System, which operates the Dickinson County Memorial Hospital in Iron Mountain,
as well as a number of outlying clinics, will be acquired by the Bellin Health System, which operates out of Green Bay.
The letter of intent has been approved by the hospital's board of directors
and has been executed, according to the DCHS news release.
Bellin currently operates a clinic in Iron Mountain at the site of the
former Dickinson County Memorial Hospital on Woodward Avenue.
Dickinson County facility has operated as a county-owned facility for more than
65 years, but has recently run into serious financial roadblocks due to low
reimbursement for procedures by both Medicare and Medicaid, as well as by Blue
Cross and Blue Shield. Hospital officials also cited the increasing prices
of pharmaceutical products as a major contributor to their financial woes.
Final details will be worked out over the next several months. No
details have been released at this time. The transfer will likely take
place in mid-2018.
The transfer must still be approved by the County Board of
Commissioners. However, considering the current state of finances, little
if any opposition is likely.
The new entity will operate under the name Bellin-DCHS.
Officials of both groups have assured current hospital staff that they
will remain in place under the new system.