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Cadence, Northwestern merger begins Sept. 1

The merger between Cadence Health and Northwestern Memorial HealthCare is finalized, the organizations announced today in a joint news release.

As of Sept. 1, Cadence will be formally integrated with Northwestern, and they will operate under the Northwestern Medicine brand name, according to the release. The four hospitals in the health systems are: Delnor Hospital in Geneva; Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield; Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago and Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital in Lake Forest.

“We are honored to welcome Cadence Health into the Northwestern Medicine family,” wrote Dean M. Harrison, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare president and CEO, in the release. “Cadence is an ideal health system to combine with as their vision, mission and values are very similar to ours. Together, we will continue to deliver the Northwestern Medicine brand promise, which is to provide trusted, quality care that is accessible where patients live and work, safe and accountable, and centered on world-class medicine.”

The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board on July 14 unanimously approved Northwestern Memorial HealthCare's application to combine health systems. The integration creates an expanded health delivery network encompassing more than 60 sites of care across metro Chicago and the north and western suburbs, about 1,600 inpatient beds, 19,500 employees and a combined medical staff with 4,000 physicians.
The cornerstone of Northwestern Medicine is Northwestern Memorial HealthCare's shared vision with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Their shared commitment centers on enhancing the patient experience through growing clinical programs and services; attracting and retaining leading physicians, medical researchers and clinical experts; and building a high-performing workforce. Other benefits for patients include (but are not limited to) clinical and economic efficiencies through:

• Shared best practices across our medical staffs in areas such as quality, safety and evidence-based care, to cite a few examples;

• Expanded outpatient and preventive medicine services;

• Coordinated access to tertiary care through primary care physicians;

• Increased access to clinical trials and specialized acute care in health specialties including neurology and neurosurgery, cardiology and cardiac surgery, transplant, hematology and oncology, orthopaedic interventions, high-risk obstetrics and more.

Harrison remains president and CEO of the expanded health system, and Mike Vivoda, Cadence Health’s president and CEO will be the group's Regional President of its Western Region.

Other Cadence executives that will transition to Northwestern Memorial HealthCare include John Orsini, Cadence CFO and executive vice president, who will be named the merged group's CFO and Senior Vice President. Liz Rosenberg, Cadence’s executive vice president of strategy and administration, was named the group's Senior Vice President of strategy.

“Our union is great for patients because it positions us to continue to provide unrivaled quality care within our communities,” Vivoda said. “As one integrated health system, not only can we continue to fulfill the health needs of our region, we can leverage our collective strength as Northwestern Medicine to build stronger, healthier communities.”

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