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Community Memorial, Anderson pursue hospital affiliation


From Illinois Business Journal news services

Two area hospitals have signed a letter of intent to pursue a strategic affiliation that they say will better serve patients.

The board of trustees of Community Memorial Hospital in Staunton and Anderson Hospital in Maryville announced today they have signed a letter of intent to form a partnership to strengthen health care in the communities they serve. The letter launches a due diligence period.

“The Community Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees and Administration are excited and pleased to take the next step to ensure we are keeping quality health care close to home with signing the Letter of Intent to form an affiliation with Anderson Hospital,” said Sue Campbell, Community Memorial Hospital’s CEO, in a statement. “Our hometown health care will be stronger and better with this affiliation, and it will provide additional access to Anderson’s advanced diagnostics, specialty care and resources to better serve our patients.”

“Community Memorial Hospital and Anderson Hospital have a history of working together cooperatively to improve access to health-care services for the residents of Macoupin County and northern Madison County,” said Keith Page, president and CEO of Anderson Hospital. “As health care continues to evolve, our organizations will be better positioned to adapt to change together so that we can continue to provide coordinated, quality care, close to home.”

Details of the proposed affiliation will be defined in the coming months. If an agreement is signed, it will be subject to federal and state regulatory approval. The due diligence process is expected to be completed by year’s end.

Community Memorial Hospital is a 25-bed, critical access, nonprofit, non-denominational hospital. It has been open since 1951. The hospital is licensed by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Community Memorial maintains medical/surgical and swing bed services. Twenty-four hour emergency care is available, and nurses are specially trained in cardiac life support, trauma life support and specialized pediatric care.

Community Memorial Hospital provides specialty services for audiology, cardiology, pulmonology, dermatology, neurology, obstetrics/gynecology, ophthalmology, orthopedics/sports medicine, podiatry, urology, oncology, allergy/asthma, ear nose throat, general surgery and wound care.

The hospital is in the process of completing a $14 million upgrade and renovation including a new Emergency Medicine Department, Laboratory, Outpatient Rehab Center, and support services.

Anderson, launched in 1977. is an independent, nonprofit hospital, offering a 154 bed, acute care facility.

It has a medical staff of more than 200 members working collaboratively with a hospital staff of more than 1,000 employees.

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