MENDOTA — Mendota Community Hospital (MCH) has signed a letter of intent to affiliate with OSF Healthcare System (OSF HealthCare), one of the largest integrated systems in Illinois. The partnership with OSF HealthCare would give MCH financial stability and ensure the hospital can continue to meet the community’s health care needs into the future.
“This is great news for those we serve. The affiliation would preserve local access to quality health care, so area residents can continue to receive the care they need, close to home,” said Judy Christiansen, interim CEO of Mendota Community Hospital. “Not to mention it would improve access to specialty services and cutting-edge technologies.”
Mendota Community Hospital has collaborated with OSF HealthCare for many years as an independent affiliate of the system, and the two organizations have similar missions.
“OSF and Mendota Community Hospital share a united vision for the future,” said OSF Healthcare System CEO Kevin Schoeplein. “We want to ensure that the tradition of high-quality health care in Mendota and the surrounding communities is not only maintained but enhanced.”
Like many stand-alone, not-for-profit hospitals, MCH has been evaluating the best way to serve the community in light of the changing health care landscape and the new demands it puts on healthcare providers. The MCH Board of Directors began a strategic planning process in late 2013, with a focus on identifying ways to further collaborate with other providers.
“MCH not only has a great team of medical professionals, but a hospital building that is only 2 years old. We knew we had to be forward-thinking to keep these important resources in the community,” said Margo Gallagher Schmitz, president of Mendota Community Hospital’s Board of Directors. “After careful analysis and deliberation, we decided that affiliation with a larger partner was the best way to provide long-term viability, and OSF HealthCare is a strong fit for our hospital and those we serve.”
The next steps include the due diligence process, developing a definitive agreement, and applying for a Certificate of Exemption for a change of ownership with the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board, all of which are expected to be completed later this year.