Oakwood statement on intended Beaumont/Henry Ford merger

Today’s announcement of the merger of Henry Ford Health System and Beaumont Health System comes as no surprise, given the changes and challenges in our industry, including healthcare reform. This news in no way changes Oakwood Healthcare’s commitment to our patients and our communities. We continue to be passionate about our vision: to be the recognized leader in clinical quality, service and value as an independent health care system.

Oakwood has served our communities well for more than 50 years. Our Board and executive leadership continually evaluate what we must do to secure that future in these very challenging times, as consolidation of our competitors becomes more commonplace. Whatever the future holds for Henry Ford, Beaumont, or any of our healthcare colleagues, we know from our own experiences that local, engaged governance ensures the community is foremost in our focus and the community has a voice in the quality of care available in their own backyard.

Bigger is not always better. Oakwood Healthcare’s future is best secured by being a cost-effective, high quality organization. We have made a great deal of progress and we still have important work to do. And we will do it in an ever-changing marketplace and industry.