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Through the Years:
Saline Community Hospital has taken many forms throughout history

By Austen Smith – The Saline Reporter, April 17, 2014

When St. Joseph Mercy in Saline transitioned to a 12-hour urgent care site on April 15, it marked the first time since 1928 that the community will be without a full-time hospital.

Officials announced in December that the longtime community hospital would eliminate its 24-hour emergency room service and roughly 60 positions - 40 part time and full time, and about 20 contingency staff.

In a previous interview with The Saline Reporter, president and CEO of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital for Ann Arbor and Livingston, Rob Casalou, said while the decision was "painful" it is the right thing to do in order to adjust to current health-care patterns.

Casalou said previously he did not have precise numbers on how much money the conversion will save the SJMHS. However, the Saline site has been substantially "in the red" for the past year or two.

"I firmly believe it's the right thing to do, it's just painful," Casalou previously told The Saline Reporter.

The Saline "community hospital" has taken a number of different forms in different locations starting with the first hospital site at 106 W. Henry St., established in 1928.

The building at 201 S. Ann Arbor St. served as the third site of the Saline General Hospital which served the community from 1933 to 1969.