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Published on April 02, 2015

Palos Community Hospital and Loyola University Medical Center Combine Strengths to Form Innovative Affiliation

Palos Community Hospital and Loyola University Medical Center announced today plans to join together to create an innovative affiliation in Illinois. With a focus on coordinated and collaborative patient care, the affiliation presents a new way to build a network of care that doesn’t involve mergers, acquisitions or consolidations, a trend in today’s evolving health care landscape.

“Given each organization’s clinical strengths and strong financial position, as well as our geographic proximity to each other, this affiliation proved a perfect fit,” said Larry Goldberg, president and CEO of Maywood-based Loyola University Health System. “This will create a network of care that provides the right service for the patient at the right location at the right time.”

The affiliation takes effect immediately. It will give patients greater access to Loyola’s renowned specialty care services, such as neurosciences and oncology, while ensuring continued access to Palos’ primary care network. The affiliation could also include plans to jointly respond to a growing demand for outpatient services in the southwest suburbs.

Bucking the prevailing trend in health care, Palos will remain independent. Each organization will maintain its own culture, mission and commitment to the community, and financial and organizational structures will remain separate.

“This allows us to remain the community hospital our patients expect and deserve while providing them a quick and efficient way to get the highly specialized care they may require from a leading academic affiliate,” said Dr. Terrence Moisan, president and CEO of Palos Heights-based Palos Community Hospital. “Our goal is not to get bigger – it’s to get better. We’re placing collaboration above ego by taking the best of what Palos offers and the best of what Loyola offers, creating an innovative network serving patients in the southwest suburbs.”

The affiliation allows both organizations to respond to the challenges of health care reform, share research and expand training and educational opportunities. By providing complementary services, both systems will avoid unnecessary and costly duplication of services in the future. Patients will also benefit from both providers working from the same electronic medical record platform to improve quality and outcomes and ensure seamless collaboration. Palos recently invested $50 million in a state-of-the-art medical records program that is compatible with the system used by Loyola, making it easier for clinicians to access medical records across both systems.

About Palos Community Hospital

With 425 licensed beds and nearly 600 affiliated physicians, Palos Community Hospital located in Palos Heights, IL, 22 miles from downtown Chicago, serves the southwest Chicago suburbs. Heart care, orthopaedics, cancer care and general surgery are just a few of the services for which Palos Community Hospital is recognized. In 2013, Palos Community Hospital opened the Hospitaller Pavilion featuring 14 state-of-the-art surgical suites, the area’s only hybrid operating room and the innovative Center for Short Stay Care. Palos Community Hospital operates two satellite facilities, the Palos Primary Care Center in Orland Park and the Palos Diagnostic and Women’s Center in Tinley Park as well as one of the largest home health agencies in Illinois and Palos Health & Fitness Center in Orland Park. Palos Medical Group is part of Palos Community Hospital serving nearly 40,000 patients annually.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. The medical center campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of the Chicago Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, the LUC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.