Alexian Brothers Health System, part of St. Louis-based Ascension, and Adventist Midwest Health, part of Adventist Health System, Altamonte Springs, Fla., have joined to create the third-largest health system in Illinois, according to a news release.
The newly integrated healthcare system encompasses five ABHS hospitals and four AMH hospitals in suburban Chicago, and will serve a combined population of more than 3.8 million people, according to the release.
The joint system allows the two separate organizations to preserve their respective religious identities and mission priorities, and to integrate operations while maintaining separate ownership of their assets, according to the release. The affiliation will result in a diverse physician provider network, bringing together more than 3,000 physicians to offer better coordinated, more comprehensive care for patients.
“Making our partnership official is another significant milestone, and we continue our work together to build a comprehensive, integrated health system that will serve almost 4 million residents of our service area,” Mark A. Frey, ABHS president and CEO, said in the release. “Our focus will remain on our patients and our communities — in order to deliver high quality, compassionate care to those who need it most.”
“The array of services that our two systems can offer together will provide our communities with high-quality care, while reducing cost and overhead,” David L. Crane, AMH president and CEO, said in the release. “We share a charitable mission and a commitment to providing coordinated, person-centered care.”
The next step is to find a name that encompasses the history and brand of both organizations.
“Now we turn our focus to developing a name for the newly integrated health system that conveys our shared values, such as our commitment to offering access to high-quality care and an excellent patient experience, and our vision for the future,” Frey said in the release. “Even after we develop a new name for our organization, the quality care and patient experience we deliver every day will be what truly defines us.”