NorthShore University HealthSystem and Edward-Elmhurst Health have announced the completion of their merger, uniting 25,000 employees and 6,000 physicians to serve an area of more than four million residents in communities across northeast Illinois. The partnership creates the third-largest health system in the state with revenue expected to exceed $5 billion in the first year of operation, and the second largest physician network in the state. The new system will refer to itself as NorthShore – Edward-Elmhurst Health.”
“Our combined organization offers significant promise for our patients, team members and communities. As we deepen our commitment to community connection and expand regional access to leading-edge, expert care in our patients’ back yards, we have the opportunity to create something truly differentiated and transformative,” said J.P. Gallagher, President and CEO of NorthShore – Edward-Elmhurst Health.
“One of the things I’m most excited about is our mutual commitment to our communities. A prominent feature of our merger is the creation of new community investment funds. Each organization has committed $100 million to our respective communities. These funds will generate millions of dollars annually to enhance health and well-being, advance health equity and support local economic growth,” said Gallagher.
Nine hospitals and more than 300 ambulatory locations will serve patients across six counties in northeast Illinois – 69 miles from Waukegan in Lake County to Crest Hill in Will County. Led by Gallagher, NorthShore – Edward-Elmhurst Health is governed by a Board of Directors with members representing NorthShore, Edward-Elmhurst Health, Northwest Community Healthcare and Swedish Hospital, and will be comprised of North and South Regions.
Patients will continue to receive care and services they have today while over time gain access to additional specialties and sub-specialties, and a larger breadth of services. Existing physician and medical groups will be maintained.