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      Mecosta County Medical Center to join forces with Spectrum Health

      Signers of the merger agreement between Mecosta County Medical Center and Spectrum Health, L to R, Sam Daugherty, Eric O'Neil, Rick Breon, Frederick Guenther.

      Mecosta Medical Center will become a Spectrum Health hospital this summer.

      Officials with the Spectrum, MMC, and Mecosta County approved the resolutions with a targeted integration date of the first of July.

      "Spectrum Health has had a strong relationship with Mecosta County Medical Center for many years," said Richard C. Breon, President and CEO of Spectrum Health. "This agreement allows MCMC to provide it's patients with a broader, more coordinated array of services."

      Patients shouldn't expect to notice any difference in the level of care they receive, but more options in care will be available.

      "Our patients will benefit from expanded clinical services and access to additional expertise that is unmatched in our region," said Sam Daughtery, CEO of Mecosta Medical Center.

      Spectrum Health is a non-profit health system based in West Michigan comprised of nine hospitals ,including Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids, West Michigan Heart group, and hundreds of service sites,