Rockford Health System (RHS), a healthcare system located in Rockford, Illinois, and Cadence Health, which runs Delnor Hospital in Geneva and Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, have announced a merger between the two health systems.
The enhanced Cadence Health will offer healthcare services in more than 40 locations including four major hospitals, Central DuPage Hospital, Delnor Hospital, Rockford Memorial Hospital and Van Matre HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital.
Rockford Health System president and CEO Gary Kaatz said the board of directors engaged in a deliberate, comprehensive and strategic process to identify a partner to further strengthen the clinical services that the organisation provides to Rockford and the region.
"Cadence and Rockford Health System match up on all criteria, including commitment to local governance, superior clinical services and best practices, and a focus on community benefit," Kaatz added.
Through the merger, RHS and Cadence Health hope to improve each organisation’s efficiencies in delivery of care, enhance clinical capabilities in all service areas, formulate an inclusive governance structure for each region served by the health system and also lower the cost of care.
RHS and Cadence Health will further work over several months to define the potential partnership, which remains subject to regulatory review and approval.
Cadence Health, which was formed in March 2011 as a result of a merger between Central DuPage Health System, based in Winfield, and Delnor Community Health System, based in Geneva, caters to more than 1.1 million patients in Chicago’s western suburbs.
Cadence Health president and CEO Mike Vivoda said that Rockford Health and Cadence Health are like-minded organisations that aim to provide excellent patient care with outstanding clinical outcomes guided by the highest standards of quality and safety.
"Together, we can build a leading multi-regional health system that meaningfully improves access to care, elevates quality, and lowers cost to deliver the best care and value to the communities we serve," Vivoda added.
Rockford Health System comprises Rockford Memorial Hospital, a regional, tertiary care hospital with 396 licensed beds and a medical staff of more than 440 physicians; the Rockford Health Physicians physician group with 168 physicians in 34 medical specialities; the Visiting Nurses Association; the Rockford Memorial Development Foundation; and Van Matre HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, a 55-bed rehabilitation facility.