Butterworth Health Corporation and Blodgett Memorial Medical Center

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In the Matter of Butterworth Health Corporation and Blodgett Memorial Medical Center
FTC Matter/File Number:

9510126

Docket Number:

9283

Enforcement Type:

Federal Injunctions

Case Summary

Staff authorized to file a motion for a preliminary injunction to block the proposed merger of the two largest hospitals in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Blodgen and Butterworth Hospital, on grounds that the merger would substantially reduce competition for acute-care inpatient hospital services in the area The complaint was filed January 23,1996 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan (Southern Division). On September 26,1996, the court denied the Commission's request for an injunction. An administrative complaint alleging violation of the antitrust laws also was filed on November 18, 1996. The Commission ended its litigation after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upheld the district court's decision.