FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 16, 2013 - Kewanee, Illinois
Kewanee Hospital to Join OSF Healthcare System
OSF Healthcare System and Kewanee Hospital have signed a definitive agreement that will result in Kewanee Hospital joining OSF pending approval from the Illinois Health Facilities & Services Review Board. Kewanee Hospital is expected to join the Catholic healthcare system next spring.
The announcement comes after six months of due diligence, a process which validated the benefits of the affiliation to the communities they serve. Before a change of ownership can occur the organizations must receive approval from the Illinois Health Facilities & Services Review Board which will be sought at the Board’s December 17 meeting.
“We are excited to partner with OSF HealthCare. This affiliation will further enhance our ability to provide excellent care to our patients,” said Lynn Fulton, CEO of Kewanee Hospital. “The new affiliation will ensure that our community has local access to high quality and cost effective health care services for many years to come.”
Gary Pheiffer, Chair of the Kewanee Hospital Board of Trustees, stated "the Board believes its decision to integrate Kewanee Hospital into the OSF Healthcare System will enable Kewanee Hospital to better serve the health care needs of the area communities. As one of the largest health care networks in Illinois, OSF HealthCare has invested wisely in new processes and technologies to better serve patients. Most importantly, however, the philosophy and values of Kewanee Hospital align very well with those of OSF HealthCare. We look forward to working with them in this new relationship."
Among the anticipated benefits local residents will experience is greater access to integrated primary, secondary, and advanced tertiary health care services. Achieving excellence in clinical innovations, services, quality, costs and outcomes have also been identified as goals of both organizations.
OSF HealthCare CEO Kevin Schoeplein is very positive about the future of health care in Kewanee and the surrounding communities. “We are very pleased with and appreciative of the support this affiliation has received from business leaders, elected officials and from our respective medical staffs, including independent physicians who serve our patients,” said Schoeplein. “It demonstrates a collaborative, shared interest in our Mission to serve persons with the greatest care and love in a community that celebrates the gift of life.”
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What will happen to existing Kewanee Hospital employees?
A: Individuals who are Kewanee Hospital employees on the transaction closing date will become employees of OSF.
Q: Will my doctor still be associated with your hospital?
A: The affiliation will not affect or change the medical staff status or clinical privileges held by members of Kewanee Hospital’s medical staff. However, the medical staff bylaws will be amended to insure compliance with the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services. The employment agreements of all physicians presently employed by Kewanee Hospital will be honored.
Q: What about my medical records?
A: Patient records will remain intact.
About Kewanee Hospital
Kewanee Hospital has been serving our community since 1919. Our small, rural hospital has a core mission of "Improving the Health Care of Those We Serve." Located in west central Illinois, we have a long history of "friends and neighbors taking care of friends and neighbors." Kewanee Hospital is a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital that provides a full range of services including:
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Jim Farrell, Senior Vice President - Marketing & Communications