Allegan Healthcare Group is officially joining the Ascension Michigan Healthcare Group on Sunday, and will become Ascension-Allegan.

“The addition of Allegan General Hospital to Ascension Michigan will strengthen healthcare access and delivery for area residents and ensure the continued provision of high quality healthcare well into the future,” said Tim Stover, MD, Interim Ministry Market Executive for Ascension Michigan. “Ascension Michigan looks forward to working closely with Allegan care providers to provide mission-inspired, best-practice care to those we are so privileged to serve across west Michigan.”

The deal with the independent, nonprofit Allegan Healthcare Group includes the 25-bed Allegan General Hospital, which is a critical access hospital; also in the deal is Allegan Professional Health Services, Inc.; and Allegan General Hospital Foundation. The Allegan system includes sixteen "employed physicians and an extensive array of ambulatory services across Allegan and Van Buren counties."

Ascension Michigan includes Ascension Borgess in Kalamazoo. When Allegan joins Ascension, it will assume the Ascension brand and identity.