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Alexian Brothers Health System, Adventist Midwest Health Form Joint Operating Company


February 9, 2015

(ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, ILL., and HINSDALE, ILL.) – Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), part of St. Louis-based Ascension, and Adventist Midwest Health (AMH), part of Adventist Health System, Altamonte Springs, Fla., announced today they have completed all the legal and regulatory steps to make their Joint Operating Company (JOC) official, creating the third-largest health system in Illinois.

The newly integrated healthcare system encompasses five ABHS hospitals and four AMH hospitals located in suburban Chicago and will serve a combined population of more than 3.8 million people.

The JOC allows the two separate organizations to preserve their respective religious identities and mission priorities, and to integrate operations while maintaining separate ownership of their assets. The affiliation will result in a notably diverse physician provider network, bringing together more than 3,000 physicians to offer better coordinated, more comprehensive care for patients.

ABHS and AMH announced last June that they signed a non-binding letter of intent to form the JOC. The health systems then engaged in due diligence, culminating in the definitive agreement announced in October. After legal and regulatory approvals, including a vote from the joint members of the new organization’s Board of Directors on February 4, 2015, the two entities legally entered into a Joint Operating Company.

“Making our partnership official is another significant milestone, and we continue our work together to build a comprehensive, integrated health system that will serve almost 4 million residents of our service area,” said Mark A. Frey, ABHS President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our focus will remain on our patients and our communities – in order to deliver high quality, compassionate care to those who need it most.”

“The array of services that our two systems can offer together will provide our communities with high-quality care, while reducing cost and overhead,” said David L. Crane, AMH President and Chief Executive Officer. “We share a charitable mission and a commitment to providing coordinated, person-centered care.”

“This is an important step in Ascension’s commitment to building regional clinically integrated systems of care to better serve individuals in the markets we serve across the nation,” said Robert J. Henkel, FACHE, Executive Vice President, Ascension, and President and Chief Executive Officer, Ascension Health. “Networks such as the one between Alexian Brothers and Adventist promise to provide better, more coordinated care as the country’s health system evolves from one based on volume to one based on value.”

Although ABHS and AMH represent different faith traditions, they share common missions and values, and this similarity is a key factor in their planned affiliation, Frey and Crane said. The next step is to find a name that encompasses the rich history and brand of both organizations.

“Now we turn our focus to developing a name for the newly integrated health system that conveys our shared values, such as our commitment to offering access to high-quality care and an excellent patient experience, and our vision for the future,” Frey said. “Even after we develop a new name for our organization, the quality care and patient experience we deliver every day will be what truly defines us.”

About Alexian Brothers Health System
Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) is a diversified Catholic healthcare organization headquartered in Arlington Heights, Ill. ABHS includes five northwest suburban Chicago hospitals and conveniently located outpatient facilities that serve more than 2 million people every year. ABHS exists to care for the sick and promote healing, with special attention to poor and vulnerable persons. Each service is in place to improve quality of life – and to accomplish the Alexian Brothers’ 800-year-old mission of promoting the physical, mental, spiritual and social well-being of all individuals. ABHS is part of St. Louis-based Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system, and the third-largest system in the United States. For more information, visit

About Adventist Midwest Health
Adventist Midwest Health is comprised of four hospitals located in the Chicago suburbs of Bolingbrook, Glendale Heights, Hinsdale and La Grange. It began more than 100 years ago, when the Hinsdale Sanitarium was founded by Drs. David and Mary Paulson, Seventh-day Adventist physicians who worked with orphans and the poor in Chicago. Adventist Midwest Health is part of Adventist Health System, a national network of 45 campuses that serves 4.5 million patients annually. Adventist Midwest Health is committed to extending the healing ministry of Christ by meeting patients’ physical, emotional and spiritual needs. For more information, visit

About Ascension
Ascension ( is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, Ascension is committed to delivering person-centered care to all with special attention to those who are poor and vulnerable. In FY2014, Ascension provided $1.8 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. More than 150,000 associates and 35,000 affiliated providers serve in 1,900 sites of care – including 131 hospitals and more than 30 senior care facilities – in 23 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to healthcare delivery, Ascension subsidiaries provide a variety of services and solutions including physician practice management, venture capital investing, treasury management, biomedical engineering, clinical care management, information services, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization.

About Adventist Health System
Adventist Health System is a faith-based health care organization headquartered in Altamonte Springs, Florida. A national leader in quality, safety and patient satisfaction, Adventist Health System's more than 70,000 employees maintain a tradition of whole-person health by caring for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of every patient. With 45 hospital campuses and more than 8,300 licensed beds in ten states, Adventist Health System facilities incorporate the latest technological advancements and clinical research to serve more than 4.5 million patients annually. The full continuum of integrated care also includes urgent care centers, home health and hospice agencies, and skilled nursing facilities. Each Adventist Health System facility operates independently in delivering care and services to best meet the needs of the local communities they serve. While each entity is unique, all remain united in one mission of Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ.

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