Northwest Community Healthcare’s Physician Hospital Organization it will join with Illinois Health Partners, which includes 900 physicians with DuPage Medical Group and Edward Hospital in Naperville, according to an announcement from Northwest Community on Tuesday.
Elmhurst Memorial is also a part of Illinois Health Partners network.
Tuesday's announcement will mean more than 500 physicians who represent Northwest Community Health Partners, NCH’s PHO, and NCH’s Clinical Integration Program will also be joining the IHP network, which will expand to be one of the broadest systems of primary and specialty care physicians who care for HMO patients in Illinois.
Through this agreement, IHP will represent 1,800 affiliated physicians and serve more than 110,000 patients in west, southwest and northwest suburbs of Chicago with the potential to add additional physicians to the network in the future.
“This partnership is an important opportunity and will allow NCH to remain independent while growing as a competitive, efficient and high quality system of care,” said Stephen Scogna, President and CEO of NCH. “NCH is dedicated to keeping our community healthy. This alliance helps to enhance our partnership with physicians, expand the resources available to our HMO patients, and better manage our community’s health and associated costs,” said Scogna.
In addition, NCH will collaborate with IHP to develop clinical initiatives and identify quality performance measures that translate to direct improvements in clinical care.
“This is an exciting expansion of Illinois Health Partners,” says Pam Davis, System CEO, Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare. “We’re proud to be partnering with NCH as we all work together to improve the quality of care patients receive and control costs in this era of healthcare reform.”
DuPage Medical Group and Edward Hospital were the founding joint venture members when IHP was created in 2011.
“The addition of NCH enables Illinois Health Partners to have a greater impact on the healthcare experience of patients across the suburban region,” says Mike Kasper, CEO of DuPage Medical Group. “The growing number of high quality physicians and facilities in the IHP network will allow us to reach the ultimate goal of IHP, to offer a better healthcare experience for patients – one that enhances quality, value and access to as many patients as possible.”
ELMCARE, the physician hospital organization which includes 430 affiliated and independent physicians on the Medical Staff at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, joined Illinois Health Partners in January 2014.