Memorial Health System, Passavant Area Hospital move closer to
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[January 04, 2014]
SPRINGFIELD — James P. Bruner,
chairman of the Memorial Health System board, and Janet M. Terry,
chairwoman of the Passavant Area Hospital board, have announced that
the two organizations have signed an affiliation agreement that
would make Passavant the Springfield-based health system's fourth
hospital, pending regulatory approvals.
If the affiliation receives all regulatory approvals and clearances,
Passavant Area Hospital would become a full affiliate of Memorial
Health System, which also includes Memorial Medical Center of
Springfield, Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital and Taylorville
Passavant's board of directors unanimously voted in March 2013 to
explore a possible affiliation with Memorial Health System. Both
parties have been completing due-diligence reviews over the last
"We gave great consideration in making this decision and
concluded that partnering with Memorial could better position us to
meet the health-care needs of our community as we adapt to national
health-care reform," Terry said. "We also saw value in the
opportunity to maintain our local relationships by affiliating with
an organization that has shown great commitment to improving the
lives of the people of central Illinois."
Passavant Area Hospital has 900 full- and part-time employees and
is staffed for 93 inpatient beds. It is fully accredited by The
Joint Commission and earned status as a Magnet hospital — the
highest honor a health-care organization can receive for
professional nursing practice — from the American Nurses
Credentialing Center in 2009.
Memorial Health System's three hospitals are staffed for 523
inpatient beds, and the health system, which also includes Memorial
Physician Services, Memorial Home Services and Mental Health Centers
of Central Illinois, employs 5,725 people.
"This proposed affiliation will provide opportunities for both
organizations to offer even greater access to health-care services
by working together on behalf of the citizens in the communities
they serve," Bruner said. "It's an exciting and worthwhile
Edgar J. Curtis, president and chief executive officer of
Memorial Health System, agrees.
"National health-care reform is requiring greater levels of
partnership between communities," he said. "We must think and work
differently. By better coordinating care, we can simultaneously
increase quality and reduce health-care costs for the people we
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Memorial has long been committed to serving the health needs
of the Jacksonville community, Curtis said. That commitment
includes the construction of a medical office building completed
on Passavant's campus in June 2013, which houses the offices of
Memorial Physician Services – Jacksonville. The primary-care
clinic's staff includes 15 family medicine physicians, internal
medicine physicians, pediatricians and midlevel providers. The
health system also operates a medical equipment retail store in
Jacksonville, which is a joint venture between Memorial Home
Services and Passavant.
Founded in 1875, Passavant moved to its facility on West Walnut
Street in 1953. The hospital has continued to expand over the years
to meet the growing health-care needs of the residents of Morgan,
Cass and Scott counties and parts of Brown, Greene, Macoupin and
Pike counties in west-central Illinois.
"This is an exciting development for Passavant Area Hospital, and
we look forward to the opportunities this affiliation will provide
our patients, our hospital and our community," said Chester A. Wynn,
president and CEO for Passavant. "The proposed affiliation will
allow us to continue to build on the strong legacy our founders
established more than 130 years ago."
Passavant Area Hospital would be the third Memorial Health System
hospital affiliate located outside of Springfield. The first,
Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, affiliated with Memorial Health
System in 1994. The second was Taylorville Memorial Hospital,
formerly named St. Vincent Memorial Hospital. Following joint
sponsorship for 12 years, the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, Ruma,
Ill., transferred sole sponsorship to the health system in 2007.
[Text from file received from
Memorial Health System]