Children's Hospital of Michigan is shown in Detroit in 2010, when the nonprofit Detroit Medical Center that owns it signed an agreement for sale of the chain to the private, for-profit, Nashville, Tenn.-based Vanguard Health Systems (AP Photo)
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 for-profit Nashville, Tenn.-based Vanguard Health Systems acquired the Detroit Medical Center in 2011.
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 reported that the Detroit Medical Center filed its objection Friday in Oakland County Circuit Court in Pontiac.
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