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Hackley & Mercy General Merging

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Well I'm sure everyone has already heard the news Mercy General, Hackley to Merge

What does everyone think of this? Muskegon used to have three hospitals and soon it will just have one with three campuses.

It worries me that the article states it is possible in the future there will only be one hospital campus in Muskegon. Hackley is the largest and has many parking lots that could be developed to make that the main hospital campus in Muskegon but what will happen with the large areas of land the other two campuses are on? It is also possible the parent group will decide the new combined hospitals need a completely new and sprawling suburban campus which would leave three large complexes in the city sitting empty.

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It will be great for Muskegon. Holland itself has one major hospital ,with a small hospital located in Zeeland. The Grand Haven hospital would be about the same distance from Muskegon as Zeeland is from Holland. Actual numbers based on information from the web sites of both hospitals show Mercy is the larger of the two hospitals . Mercy beds- 235 Hackley beds- 181. Mercy has a sprawling campus and is not landlocked with plenty of parking. . I would suspect they will make that the main campus.They will probably have a East campus-Mercy and a West -Campus-Hackley. The idea that the births from the two hospitals can justify a neo natal unit is fantastic. No more trips to Grand Rapids.It will put the area on the map for medical coverage. It will be exciting to follow.

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It will be great for Muskegon. Holland itself has one major hospital ,with a small hospital located in Zeeland. The Grand Haven hospital would be about the same distance from Muskegon as Zeeland is from Holland. Actual numbers based on information from the web sites of both hospitals show Mercy is the larger of the two hospitals . Mercy beds- 235 Hackley beds- 181. Mercy has a sprawling campus and is not landlocked with plenty of parking. . I would suspect they will make that the main campus.They will probably have a East campus-Mercy and a West -Campus-Hackley. The idea that the births from the two hospitals can justify a neo natal unit is fantastic. No more trips to Grand Rapids.It will put the area on the map for medical coverage. It will be exciting to follow.

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The 235 beds are the Sherman location only. The facilty off Apple has over 100 beds and is where the birthing center is located.

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Mercy has 2300 (plus or minus) employees and Hackley has about 1800 (plus or minus), I believe. The Chronicle mentioned eventual consolidation into one metropolitan campus which would probably be the current Mercy facility.

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Mercy has 2300 (plus or minus) employees and Hackley has about 1800 (plus or minus), I believe. The Chronicle mentioned eventual consolidation into one metropolitan campus which would probably be the current Mercy facility.

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That would really be too bad since last year Hackley removed yet another block of old houses to expand their campus. I would really like to see the Hackley campus become the main campus by building additional buildings on some of those parking lots and replacing surface lots with one of more ramps.

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This whole merger situation will certainly drive home the point that consolidation can save money by reduction of duplication of services. Perhaps a future model for the many small cities that surround Metro Muskegon. In a 35 square mile area,you have a rediculous number of cities and townships that each have their own costly services.

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Amen to that. I don't even want to think about trying to redevelop a mothballed hospital.

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