Felician Health Care, Chicago, has agreed to integrate its 276-bed St. Mary's Hospital, Centralia, Ill., with SSM Health Care System's 141-bed Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mount Vernon, Ill.
SSM, an 18-hospital Roman Catholic system based in St. Louis, will manage St. Mary's through a joint operating agreement with the Felician Sisters, the hospital's sponsoring congregation, said Stephanie McCutcheon, president and chief executive officer of SSM's 11-hospital St. Louis Health Care Network.
"The Felicians still own St. Mary's, but we have agreed to merge the two hospitals within five years," McCutcheon said. SSM has agreed to contribute an equal amount of money toward capital needs at St. Mary's, she said.
Over the next 60 days, SSM and the Felicians will assess clinical and management consolidation between the two hospitals, which are about 15 miles apart in southern Illinois, McCutcheon said.
Projected cost savings were unavailable.
McCutcheon said management services such as strategic planning, finance and human resources could be consolidated. Working with the medical staff, SSM plans to consider integrating clinical services such as cardiac care, oncology, orthopedic, neurology, and women's and children's care, she said.
"We want to work closely with physicians to integrate health financing and delivery (for managed-care contracting)," McCutcheon said.