Edward-Elmhurst Health and NorthShore University HealthSystem have announced their intention to create a new parent health system and are finalizing plans to merge. The foundation of the merger is rooted in the belief that by working together, both organizations will extend their focus on community-connected, expert care while serving as a best place to work, learn, practice medicine and receive care.
“NorthShore and Edward-Elmhurst Health share a vision of delivering expanded access to a transformative patient care experience,” said NorthShore President and CEO J.P. Gallagher. “By working together, we’ll connect patients and communities to personalized care, advanced clinical solutions and innovative technologies through improved access, expertise and services.”
Building on a long legacy of connection to communities, the two organizations also have announced the creation of community investment funds, with each organization committing $100 million to their respective communities. These funds will each generate millions of dollars in annual interest that will directly support partnerships with organizations working to enhance health equity and well-being and advance local economic growth.
The merger is expected to close at the end of 2021, pending regulatory approvals. The combined organization will include 25,000 team members, serve an area with over 4.2 million residents, and bring together the collaborative expertise of more than 6,000 best-in-class physicians through an expansive geographic network of nine hospitals and more than 300 ambulatory facilities throughout the region.
“NorthShore’s approach is aligned with Edward-Elmhurst in so many ways,” noted Edward-Elmhurst Health President and CEO Mary Lou Mastro. “We share values and a vision for the future that gives us a strong foundation to create a needed regional alternative offering vibrant, community-connected healthcare.”
Please check our website frequently for additional updates as our merger plans progress.