Hospital chain challenges Karmanos-McLaren merger

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Medical Center has filed a legal challenge to the planned combination of the Detroit-based Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and the Flint-based McLaren Health Care.

The Detroit Medical Center operates a chain of hospitals in the city and says it has an exclusive partnership with Karmanos.

Karmanos and McLaren announced Oct. 30 that they were combining their cancer care and research systems. They say the deal will make Karmanos a member of McLaren’s system, but the two organizations will “retain their names and remain as separate legal entities.”

The Detroit Free Press ( ) says that the Detroit Medical Center filed its objection Friday in Oakland County Circuit Court in Pontiac.

The for-profit Nashville, Tenn.-based Vanguard Health Systems acquired the Detroit Medical Center in 2011. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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