McLaren CEO Phil Incarnati is the force and face behind Michigan's fastest-growing health system. Can he get a new hospital built in Oakland County?
By Jay Greene
Phil Incarnati hasn't needed a PowerPoint presentation or slew of executive assistants to sell his affiliation proposals to any of the 10 hospitals or medical groups that have joined nonprofit McLaren Health Care Corp. over the past 22 years. Data and personal salesmanship have closed the deals.
Those skills have made Flint-based McLaren the fastest-growing health system in Michigan and Incarnati the state's highest-paid nonprofit hospital executive.
But Incarnati might need more than his usual powers of persuasion to achieve his current goal: Win approval for a 200-bed hospital in north Oakland County's Independence Township. It doesn't appear the hospital can be built under current certificate of need regulations and most likely will need a legislative exemption to go forward.