US-based NorthShore University HealthSystem has acquired Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) following the receipt of federal and state regulatory approvals.

The transaction adds a sixth hospital to the NorthShore system and will give patients increased access to physicians and the ease and convenience of more than 200 locations across Chicago.

Furthermore, it expands NorthShore’s reach as a regional, community-connected healthcare system for the Chicago area.

NorthShore president and CEO Gallagher said: “Our shared approach is built around community-connected care which means developing a strong and unified presence to meet the unique needs of patients through personal and specialised care.

“Northwest Community and NorthShore share a culture that combines clinical excellence with compassionate relationships between our care team members and the patients we serve, which is critical now more than ever given the extraordinary times in which we are living.”

The organisations now have more than 4,250 doctors across immediate, primary, specialty and complex care. They intend to provide localised care decisions to patients by leveraging each other’s strengths and capabilities.

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Northwest patients will benefit from NorthShore’s clinical trials and advanced predictive analytic technology.

The technology can identify and reduce patient risk and optimise health and outcomes by integrating genomics into everyday care.

The respective clinical centres of excellence of NorthShore and NCH will be available to a broader patient base.

They include NCH’s Center for Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy and the Illinois Center for Pancreatic and Hepatobiliary Diseases as well as NorthShore’s Orthopaedic & Spine Institute.

NCH president and CEO Steve Scogna said: “We are very excited to join NorthShore and expand the availability of services within our communities. Being closely connected to our patients has always been a differentiator for NCH and now through this partnership, community-based care takes on an even greater dimension.”

The parties have not disclosed the financial terms of the deal.