Marquette General Hospital

MARQUETTE, MI--   Statement from Veridea Group President, Robert Mahaney on the former Marquette General Hospital Campus:

In November of last year Veridea Group entered into a purchase and sale agreement with a subsidiary of LifePoint Health whereby Veridea Group would acquire the 21-acre former Marquette General Hospital (MGH) campus subject to satisfactory due diligence results and a number of other conditions.

ISHPEMING, MI--   Hospitals in Marquette, Houghton, and Ishpeming are joining together to create a new health system. 

Marquette General Duke LifePoint, Portage, and Bell hospitals are now under a unified brand, called U.P. Health System.  Officials unveiled the new name and logo at a press conference at bell Tuesday.  The system’s mission statement is “making our communities healthier.” 

Officials say working together, the two community hospitals and Marquette General will improve services to the region and increase patient satisfaction. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   Marquette General and Bell hospitals are preparing facilities to deal with the Ebola virus. 

Although Ebola has not been reported in Michigan, officials say they’re taking precautions to keep staff, visitors, and the community safe.

Measures being implemented include asking incoming patients if they’ve traveled to high-risk areas or come into contact with people who live there; installing signs asking people with fevers who have traveled outside the country to notify staff; and dedicating isolation rooms for patients who may have been exposed to Ebola.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The City of Marquette has approved a memorandum of understanding with Duke LifePoint to build the new Marquette General Hospital at the old Roundhouse property. 

The City Commission held a special meeting Monday to consider the plan, which includes the construction of a 279-bed facility on 37 acres of land between Baraga and Washington streets.  The project also includes the parcel of land currently used for the city’s Municipal Service Center.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette Golf and Country Club is saying “no” to a new Duke LifePoint hospital. 

The board and its members have voted to halt all negotiations with Duke, which was considering golf course land for its new Marquette General Hospital complex. 

The board says the golf course is its primary concern, and it wants to keep the Heritage Course the way it is.

Two other possible hospital sites remain on the table for Duke.  They include Marquette Township behind the Westwood Mall and the old Roundhouse property off of Baraga Avenue.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Marquette General Hospital is holding a public forum to discuss plans for its new helicopter service.  

Residents have expressed concern about the new ambulance service—its flight path and where it will land.  Hospital officials say they’ve carefully assessed those details and will discuss them at the forum.  Right now the landing zone is planned for a section of the current Neldberg Building parking lot, at the corner of College Avenue and Hebard Court.

The forum takes place Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the MGH Conference Center.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Marquette General Hospital now has a quicker means of responding to medical emergencies with the addition of an air ambulance service.   

An affiliation between MGH and Valley Med Flight out of Iron Mountain, a helicopter will be stationed in Escanaba and will provide round-the-clock medical transportation to residents of the U.P.

MGH doctors say they’ll be able to provide advanced care in a fraction of the time it’s normally taken.

PALMER, MI--   One man is hospitalized and another is in jail, following a shooting incident in Marquette County.  

Troopers from the Negaunee Post were called Saturday around 12:35 p.m. to a house in Palmer to investigate a disturbance between two family members.  Investigation revealed a firearm was discharged during an argument. 

The victim was taken to Marquette General Hospital, where he remains in critical condition.  The other man was taken to the Negaunee Post, where he was later arrested on weapons-related offenses. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   Marquette General Hospital is restricting visitors in an effort to stop the flu from spreading to patients and staff.  

Officials say only essential family will be allowed in patient rooms; children under the age of 14 are not permitted in the hospital, unless for an appointment or emergency room visit; and only parents will be allowed in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Anyone who has symptoms of the flu is asked to stay away from the hospital altogether. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   Marquette General Hospital has a new Chief Executive Officer.  

Duke LifePoint has announced that Ed Banos took over the top spot effective January 1.  Banos has served as President and Chief Operating Officer of the hospital since May.

Before coming to MGH Banos was System President and CEO for Good Shepherd Health System in Longview, Texas.  He also served as COO for Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh and CEO at North Shore Medical Center in Miami.