Allan Baumgarten, an analyst who writes regularly about the healthcare sector in Michigan and other states, provided a snapshot of the Upper Peninsula hospital market in an email exchange with HealthLeaders Media.
"There are about 12 hospitals in the UP, including several that are small, critical access hospitals. The Duke/LifePoint joint venture acquired Marquette General last year, which is by far the biggest hospital in the UP. The deals with Portage and Bell were first announced in February and March. I don't think there is much difference between describing the deals as full acquisitions or joint ventures. I suspect the JV converts to full LP ownership in a few years. Not sure who they see as competitors—some of the other small hospitals are owned by Aspirus, a Catholic system with its largest hospitals in Wausau, WI. The next closest large hospitals would be either in Petoskey, where the McLaren system from Flint has acquired the hospital, Munson in Traverse City, or maybe one of the Trinity/Mercy hospitals in Cadillac."