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NorthShore University HealthSystem and Edward-Elmhurst Health to Merge
Tuesday 14 September 2021

Illinois, US-based healthcare systems NorthShore University HealthSystem and Edward-Elmhurst Health plan to merge under a new parent system, pending regulatory approval, the principals said.

Together, the organizations will extend their focus on community-connected, expert care.

The organizations have also announced the creation of two community investment funds, with each organization committing USD 100m to their respective communities.

These funds will each generate annual interest that will be used to make a direct impact. The funds will be used to support partnerships with organizations working to enhance community health equity and well-being and advance local economic growth.

When complete, the combined organization will include 25,000 team members, serve an area with over 4.2m residents and bring together the collaborative expertise of more than 6,000 physicians through a geographic network of nine hospitals and more than 300 ambulatory facilities throughout the region.

NorthShore and Edward-Elmhurst Health expect to close the transaction later this year, pending regulatory review and approval.

The new organization, comprised of two regions NorthShore and Edward-Elmhurst will be led by J.P. Gallagher as president and CEO and governed by a single board of directors with representation from NorthShore, Edward-Elmhurst, Swedish Hospital and Northwest Community Hospital board members.

Mary Lou Mastro will join the executive team of the new organization, maintaining leadership as CEO of the Edward-Elmhurst region.

Edward-Elmhurst Health is a 736-bed system that includes three hospitals Edward Hospital in Naperville, Elmhurst Hospital and Linden Oaks Behavioral Health and has more than 60 outpatient locations across a service area of 1.7m residents in Chicago's west and southwest suburbs.

The system has 8,500 team members and more than 2,000 physicians on staff covering 100 medical and surgical specialties.

Headquartered in Evanston, IL, NorthShore is a fully integrated healthcare delivery system that includes six hospitals--Evanston, Glenbrook, Highland Park, Skokie, Swedish and Northwest Community.

The system also includes more than 3,300 physicians, over 120 office locations, three dozen Immediate Care Centers and over 17,000 team members.

NorthShore is a Magnet-recognized organization that consistently ranks as a Top 15 Major Teaching Hospital in the United States, with an established reputation for exceptional patient care and is a national pioneer in the implementation of advanced health information technology.
Date Published: 14/09/2021