The affiliation of two area health care organizations is a step closer to becoming a reality. Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville plans to join Memorial Health System, which oversees three other hospitals including Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.
Tuesday, the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board unanimously approved the change. Ed Curtis, Memorial's CEO, says the affiliation is on target to take effect April first. Afterward, he says patients won't notice an immediate difference in how they access health care:
Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville could soon be affiliated with Memorial Health System, which already oversees hospitals in Springfield, Taylorville and Lincoln. The Passavant Board has agreed to partner with Memorial, pending regulatory approval.
Jacksonville's Passavant Area Hospital is going to become part of Memorial Health System. It will become the fourth hospital to go under the Memorial umbrella. A joint news release says the two organizations have signed an affiliation agreement. It still needs regulatory approval.
Passavant is a 93 bed hospital with about 900 full and part time workers. Memorial's three hospitals have more than 500 beds. It employs more than 5,700.
Along with Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, the System also has hospitals in Lincoln and Taylorville.