SILVIS, Ill.-Illini Hospital, a 133-bed facility in Silvis, completed its affiliation last month with Genesis Health System of Davenport, Iowa. Genesis, formed through the 1994 merger of St. Luke's and Mercy hospitals in Davenport, will serve as the holding company for the partners. The deal, announced a year ago, allows Genesis to tap half the 600,000-population Quad Cities market, which straddles the Mississippi River and comprises four cities in Iowa and Illinois. The system now has more than $260 million in assets. A 12-member system board was formed with three members from Illini. The remaining nine come from Genesis, including Leo Bressanelli, Genesis' president and chief executive officer. "This maximizes autonomy and allows independence at the local level to respond to community needs while having the corporate umbrella to provide a coordinated bi-state health system," Bressanelli said.
CHICAGO-University of Chicago Hospitals earlier this month opened its $150 million outpatient-care center, a 525,000-square-foot facility designed to enhance the academic medical center's presence in the 21st century. The Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine is named after the Richard Duchossois family, which two years ago gave the university $21 million to assist in building the proj-ect. Duchossois owns Arlington International Racecourse, a horse-racing track in a Chicago suburb. The six-story outpatient-care facility includes 62 treatment rooms and five operating rooms. "Patients, physicians, scientists, medical educators and hospital administrators have all worked with architects to shape this innovative structure," said Ralph Muller, president of University of Chicago Hospitals. "It will serve as a model for healthcare delivery well into the next century."