ELGIN – Beginning this week, Sherman Hospital will have a new name and a new affiliation, as a unit within the Advocate Health Care system.
Late last week, Sherman Health officially joined Advocate, becoming Advocate Sherman Hospital in the process.
The name change comes as the latest step in the work to integrate Sherman into the Advocate group, the largest such system of hospitals and health providers in the state and one of the largest health care systems in the country.
The work began last fall when Sherman’s leaders signed a letter of intent to partner with Oak Brook-based Advocate, which already operates several other hospitals in Chicago’s suburbs, including Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove and Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.
The merger was approved by state regulators this spring.
Before choosing to affiliate with Advocate, Sherman’s directors also had mulled a competing affiliation offer from Winfield-based Cadence Health, which operates Delnor Hospital and Central DuPage Hospital.
However, Sherman opted for Advocate “to be part of a nationally recognized and larger regional hospital system,” a spokeswoman for Advocate Sherman said.
She said the merger would help Sherman “provide better care at lower costs for more people” and would help the hospital reduce operating costs and capital costs.
She said the plan for reducing those costs would “be determined in the coming months as we work through integration.”
In a release announcing the name change, Advocate Sherman said the full integration of Sherman into the Advocate system would occur over the next two years.
The release stated that by mid-June signs at Sherman’s main campus on Randall Road at Big Timber Road would reflect the new name, and signs at additional Sherman locations gradually would be changed in the next six to 12 months.
The Advocate Sherman spokeswoman said staffing levels at Sherman would “remain mostly unchanged,” though “a few positions will be consolidated across the system.”