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Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, Cadence Health Finalize Plans to Combine Health Systems

Northwestern Memorial Hospital August 27, 2014

Integrated health system will be branded “Northwestern Medicine®” and will include four hospitals, and approximately 1,600 beds, 19,500 employees and a combined medical staff with 4,000 physicians

CHICAGO, IL – Northwestern Memorial HealthCare (NMHC) today announced the completion of agreements that formally integrate Cadence Health with NMHC. The agreement takes effect September 1, and signifies the expansion of NMHC’s Northwestern Medicine® branded health system to four Illinois hospitals, including Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital in Lake Forest, Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield and Delnor Hospital in Geneva.“We are honored to welcome Cadence Health into the Northwestern Medicine family,” said Dean M. Harrison, NMHC President and CEO. “Cadence is an ideal health system to combine with as their vision, mission and values are very similar to ours. Together, we will continue to deliver the Northwestern Medicine brand promise, which is to provide trusted, quality care that is accessible where patients live and work, safe and accountable, and centered on world-class medicine.”

On July 14, the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board unanimously approved NMHC’s application to combine health systems. The integration creates an expanded health delivery network encompassing more than 60 sites of care across metro Chicago and the north and western suburbs, approximately 1,600 inpatient beds, 19,500 employees, and a combined medical staff with 4,000 physicians.

The cornerstone of Northwestern Medicine is NMHC’s shared vision with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Their shared commitment centers on enhancing the patient experience through growing clinical programs and services; attracting and retaining leading physicians, medical researchers and clinical experts; and building a high-performing workforce. Other benefits for patients include (but are not limited to) clinical and economic efficiencies through:

  • Shared best practices across our medical staffs in areas such as quality, safety and evidence-based care, to cite a few examples;
  • Expanded outpatient and preventive medicine services;
  • Coordinated access to tertiary care through primary care physicians; 
  • Increased access to clinical trials and specialized acute care in health specialties including neurology and neurosurgery, cardiology and cardiac surgery, transplant, hematology and oncology, orthopaedic interventions, high-risk obstetrics and more.

Harrison remains President and CEO of the expanded NMHC health system, and Mike Vivoda, Cadence Health’s President and CEO will be NMHC Regional President, Western Region. Additional executive leadership who will transition from Cadence to NMHC include Cadence CFO and Executive Vice President John Orsini being named NMHC CFO and Senior Vice President, and Liz Rosenberg Cadence’s Executive Vice President of Strategy and Administration being named NMHC Senior Vice President, Strategy.   

“Our union is great for patients because it positions us to continue to provide unrivaled quality care within our communities,” said Vivoda. “As one integrated health system, not only can we continue to fulfill the health needs of our region, we can leverage our collective strength as Northwestern Medicine to build stronger, healthier communities.”

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