Portage Health and LifePoint Hospitals Form Whole Hospital Joint Venture

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Portage Health, a stand-alone 501(c)3 hospital in Hancock, MI, has finalized their agreement to form a whole hospital joint venture with LifePoint Hospitals. This transaction is the first joint venture of its kind in the Midwest. The agreement, valued at over $100 million, includes $60 million in capital investments and $40 million to fund a community foundation. In addition, Portage Health will retain significant control over parent company level decisions moving forward via a 50% blocking interest.


Juniper’s Role
The Board of Directors of Portage engaged Juniper Advisory to proactively assess their strategic options, as well as to implement a competitive process to evaluate transaction alternatives. Juniper designed and managed a marketing process that included identifying potential suitors, drafting information materials, populating an electronic data room, conducting reverse due diligence, and negotiating and executing the joint venture transaction.

About Portage Health
Portage is the dominant healthcare provider in the western portion of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The hospital offers a full spectrum of medical capabilities and maintains strong ties with Michigan Technological University, a leading science, engineering, and research institution located in Houghton, MI. The hospital enjoys a very strong current operating condition. It is a major center of economic activity and employment in the region. In creating this partnership, the Board sought to proactively position the financial capabilities of the hospital and maximize its opportunities to thrive in the future.

About LifePoint Hospitals
LifePoint is a publicly-traded company that owns 60 hospitals in 20 states. It generates over $3.5 billion in revenue annually and is widely followed by institutional research analysts. LifePoint’s joint venture with Duke University, Duke LifePoint, acquired Marquette General Health System in September 2012. This was the company’s first acquisition in Michigan and represented a major expansion and financial commitment. The joint venture with Portage is an effort to further develop a well-capitalized network of care across the region.

For additional details on this transaction, please refer to this article from The Wall Street Journal.

1. Duke is rolling out its quality and safety programs to all LifePoint hospitals. Duke does not have an ownership stake in the joint venture.
2. Portage is allowed to delegate one of LifePoint’s four members.