Dickinson takes action on hospital property

IRON MOUNTAIN — Ownership of the Dickinson County Memorial Hospital site will be in escrow to allow a smooth transfer to Bellin Health once a final agreement is reached on Bellin’s planned acquisition of the hospital system.

The county board Thursday met in a closed session before approving the property resolution, said Brian Bousley, county controller.

The hospital and its related Dickinson County Healthcare System clinics are on a 27-acre parcel on U.S. 2 that is deeded to the county and leased to DCHS for a token sum. Thursday’s meeting was one of several closed sessions in the past month to discuss the potential transfer of the property to Bellin.

Any agreement between Bellin and DCHS is subject to final approval by the county board, which then would turn over the property, Bousley said. DCHS officials have been consulted throughout the drafting of the property resolution, which required legal advice, he added.

Bellin, a non-profit health corporation based in Green Bay, Wis., announced plans in early December to acquire financially troubled DCHS by summer.

The hospital operates as a Michigan municipal health facility corporation under Public Act 230. As such, it receives no direct county appropriations or taxpayer support and has been self-sustaining since moving to its U.S. 2 facility in 1996.

Jim Anderson can be reached at 906-774-3500, ext. 26, or janderson@ironmountaindailynews.com.