CINCINNATI-Franciscan Health System of the Ohio Valley has renamed its three hospitals and 26 other entities in southwest Ohio to reflect the Franciscan brand. St. Elizabeth Medical Center, a 622-bed facility in Dayton, has become Franciscan Medical Center-Dayton Campus. In Cincinnati, 315-bed Providence Hospital and 281-bed St. Francis-St. George Hospital are now Franciscan Hospital-Mount Airy Campus and Franciscan Hospital-Western Hills Campus, respectively. The Franciscan system was formed by the recent merger of two systems within the New York-based Franciscan Sisters of the Poor Health System (Oct. 19, 1995, p. 18). On July 14, Franciscan launched an advertising campaign to promote its new identity, which aims to give the Franciscan name a stronger market presence and closely link the facilities to the system's religious heritage, said spokeswoman Nancy Thickel.
OAK BROOK, Ill.-Advocate Health Care and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois have finalized their acquisitions of a 101-physician group practice and related HMO, respectively. Estimated to be worth $100 million, the deal calls for Advocate to acquire Dreyer Medical Clinic while the Blues purchases 39,000-enrollee Dreyer Health Plans (Feb. 12, p. 38). Both Dreyer organizations are based in Aurora, Ill., a western suburb of Chicago.