Cheboygan nurses and community leaders are in shock today. The sale of Cheboygan Memorial Hospital to Flint-based McLaren Health Care has fallen through at the last minute. All 400 CMH employees are out of work today.
It's the worst-case scenario. The hospital board had to act fast late last night, voting to shut down after they found out the sale fell through. The emergency room stopped taking patients at 11-am.
Cheboygan Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Matthew Friday was stunned to hear the news this morning about the region's largest employer - and the only emergency room for 30-to-40 miles.
"This is something that affects every single person in this community, whether you work at the hospital or not."
Friday is still hoping a deal with McLaren can be worked out eventually. The sale fell through after the buyer and the federal government failed to work out an immediate deal for Medicare recertification and licensure. That process could take 6 weeks to 6 months.