Provena Health and Resurrection Health Care recently announced their decision to merge organizations to create the single-largest Catholic health care provider in Illinois.
The merger produces a patient, resident, and family-centered health system that will be one of the largest integrated systems in the state, with nearly $3 billion in operating revenues, says Provena, adding that the decision comes after several months of formal due diligence and discussion between relevant parties for the two organizations.
“Our model supports innovation and growth under health reform,” explains Sandra Bruce, FACHE, President and CEO of Resurrection Health Care. “In an industry so focused on episodic care, we look to be transformative in our mission—by promoting healthy communities and identifying community health needs to keep people healthy, as well as caring for the sick.”
The new system will employ almost 5,000 doctors and more than 22,000 workers, and will encompass 12 hospitals, 28 long-term care and senior residential facilities, more than 50 primary and specialty care clinics, and six home health agencies, says Provena. More than 4.5 million people live in the area spanned by Provena and Resurrection’s services, including Aurora, Chicago, Danville, Des Plaines, Elgin, Joliet, Kankakee, Rockford, Urbana and Avilla, Indiana.
This merger creates a system Provena says will provide clinical systems that will include advanced acute care hospitals, extensive outpatient services, comprehensive behavioral health programs, home care, hospice care and long term care facilities; the system will also include Resurrection University, a fully-accredited, not-for-profit, Catholic-based specialty school for health sciences.
Provena and Resurrection have filed a Certificate of Need application with the Illinois Health Facilities Services Review Board, and Provena says both parties are waiting for State approval.
Written by Alyssa Gerace