Dickinson County Healthcare System

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI--   Two people are seriously injured, following an ATV crash in Iron Mountain.

Police say the accident happened Sunday around 2 p.m. near the intersection of South Forest and West E streets. Officers say two men in their 30s were riding in a 4-wheeler when a snowplow attached to the front made contact with the pavement. That caused the ATV to flip forward and throw both men headfirst onto the pavement. Neither man was wearing a helmet.

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI--   The Dickinson County Board of Commissioners and Dickinson County Healthcare System Board of Trustees have reached an agreement on the performance of autopsies at the hospital. 

DCHS has outsourced its pathology services to Medical Lab Associates of Marquette. Officials said the hospital had been performing such services without a contract and without reasonable volume, and a decision was made to control costs.

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI (AP)--   Dickinson County Healthcare System is getting support from public officials as it pursues a $25 million federal loan. 

County commissioners this week voted to endorse the effort. Former U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak says a loan from the U.S. Agriculture Department would stabilize finances at the Iron Mountain hospital. He was hired to lead the restructuring.

The loan application could be ready in July. Bankruptcy was considered last year after two potential mergers fell through.

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI (AP)--   An Upper Peninsula county is being asked to extend a financial lifeline to a hospital, which is the area's largest employer.

Dickinson County Healthcare System wants the county to back a $7 million line of credit from banks while it pursues a federal loan or other financing. The Daily News in Iron Mountain reports that former U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak made a pitch to county commissioners last week.

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI--   The Dickinson County Healthcare System Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of two top officials. 

Jeanne Goche has been named the hospital’s interim Chief Executive Officer and Dennis Smith the Chief Restructuring Officer.

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI--   Nurses at Dickinson County Healthcare System say the resignation of CEO John Schon is a step in the right direction, but questions remain. 

Schon tendered his resignation Tuesday. The nurses called for Schon to step down in September, citing financial damage done to DCHS under his leadership.

Former Congressman Bart Stupak is with the law firm Venable, LLC, which is helping the hospital reorganize. He has recommended to the hospital board of trustees the appointment of a Chief Restructuring Officer/interim CEO.

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI--   The CEO and Administrator of Dickinson County Healthcare System has resigned.

Jon Schon tendered his resignation Tuesday night, following months of financial troubles, budget cuts, and failed acquisition attempts.

In September the Michigan Nurses Association—which represents DCHS nurses—asked Schon to leave his post. At that time hospital officials were considering filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

DCHS says Schon will transition to a consulting role as the hospital embarks on its organizational restructuring.

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI--   Officials with Dickinson County Healthcare System say the future isn’t as bleak as once thought.

The August financial data report showed a profit of $51,000. Although the financial picture looks stable for the next couple of months, officials say they continue to look for ways to increase utilization of the hospital.

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI--   Dickinson County Healthcare System is not considering filing for bankruptcy at this time.

Officials say they’ve retained former Congressman Bart Stupak and restructuring partner Andrew Currie of the law firm Venable, LLP. The Washington-based firm will represent DCHS in its effort to negotiate an out-of-court settlement with its creditors.

Officials say the goal of the restructuring efforts is to work with the hospital’s creditors for a lasting solution to the system’s financial challenges and to maximize performance operationally and financially.

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI--   The union representing registered nurses at Dickinson County Healthcare System is asking for the hospital CEO to resign. 

In a press release Wednesday, the Michigan Nurses Association said CEO John Schon should leave as DCHS heads toward bankruptcy.