WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- Better choices, or a setback for health care in West Michigan?
Metro Health executives heard a lot of public input Thursday night about a proposed joint venture with a for-profit hospital.
Metro Health is proposing an 80/20 partnership with Tennessee-based Community Health Systems, in which CHS would own 80 percent of Metro Health. CHS is affiliated with more than 200 hospitals and is growing.
Many people at Thursday's meeting said they're concerned about hurting the quality of local health care, while some medical organizations said the larger budget would expand and improve services.
"CHS believes in partnering with independent practices, this provides a community with more choices," said Orthopaedics Associates of Michigan CFO Patrick Reid. "This provides a community with specialized services."