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NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) and Swedish Covenant Health (SCH) announced that they have signed an agreement to form a new partnership to advance clinical care and patient outcomes in Chicago’s North Side communities. Under the proposed structure, SCH will join the NorthShore health system and continue to operate its full service, acute care community hospital. The organizations will maintain their respective physician and ambulatory care networks while expanding access to innovative patient care models.
“We share a belief that the best healthcare is local, rooted in the community and defined by positive relationships and quality services,” said NorthShore President and CEO J.P. Gallagher. “In today’s environment, we have an opportunity to transform how we deliver care through creative partnerships that develop best care practices and support long-term growth. Partnering with Swedish Covenant will allow us to build on our respective exemplary physician networks and expand primary, immediate and specialty care access across our communities.”
SCH’s mission to provide community outreach and care for the underserved, as it has done for more than a century, will remain a priority. The Swedish Covenant Hospital Foundation will continue to operate and fund health and wellness programs including violence prevention, housing the homeless and dental care. As part of its commitment to the community, NorthShore will make a significant philanthropic contribution to the SCH Foundation. Through this partnership, NorthShore’s research programs, personalized medicine and advanced specialty services will be available to SCH patients.
“We have an incredible opportunity to build on the expertise of two experienced institutions with a shared vision and complementary services to create transformative healthcare for the next generation,” said SCH President and CEO Anthony Guaccio. “Our partnership with NorthShore will support our ability to continue serving our patients by delivering comprehensive community-based healthcare while also benefiting from the resources and capabilities of a larger health system.”
In addition to their long histories of providing inpatient acute care, both institutions have developed innovative care delivery models. NorthShore recently launched a dedicated orthopaedic and spine hospital, while also being among the first to integrate genetic screening into their patients’ annual physical. SCH offers focused care models in their Mayora Rosenberg Women’s Health Center and recently opened unique medical office called “The Clark” that provides primary care and women’s health services.
The transaction is expected to be completed by the end of the year, pending regulatory approvals.