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Amita Health officially splits up, with hospitals getting new names

Chicago Tribune logo Chicago Tribune 4/1/2022 Lisa Schencker, Chicago Tribune
Amita Health, one of the largest hospital systems in Illinois, has officially broken into two parts, hospital officials said Friday. © Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/TNS Amita Health, one of the largest hospital systems in Illinois, has officially broken into two parts, hospital officials said Friday.

Amita Health, one of the largest hospital systems in Illinois, has officially broken into two parts, hospital officials said Friday.

Amita first announced in October that the organizations behind Amita — AdventHealth and Ascension — would unwind their partnership, dividing Amita’s 19 hospitals into two separate systems. The split became official Friday, with 14 of the hospitals now operating under Ascension Illinois and the others part of AdventHealth.

It’s a rare example of a system breaking into pieces at a time when many other hospital systems are trying to grow through mergers and acquisitions.

Amita said in a news release in October that it was splitting up after leaders of Ascension and AdventHealth “determined that going forward separately is in their collective best interest in order to more nimbly meet the changing needs and expectations of consumers in the rapidly evolving health care environment.”

Spokespeople for Ascension and AdventHealth said the systems’ leaders were not available for interviews Friday.

Ascension is a massive Catholic health system with 142 hospitals in 19 states and the District of Columbia. AdventHealth, affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church, has more than 50 hospital campuses and hundreds of care sites in nearly a dozen states.

The 14 Ascension hospitals in Illinois will now operate under Ascension Illinois, and their names will change accordingly. For example, Amita Health Alexian Brothers Medical Center Elk Grove Village will now be known as Ascension Alexian Brothers, and Amita Health Resurrection Medical Center Chicago will now simply be called Ascension Resurrection.

Other Ascension hospitals include: Ascension Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital in Hoffman Estates; Ascension Alexian Brothers Rehabilitation Hospital in Elk Grove Village; Ascension Holy Family in Des Plaines; Ascension Mercy in Aurora; Ascension St. Alexius in Hoffman Estates; Ascension St. Francis in Evanston; Ascension St. Joseph - Chicago; Ascension St. Joseph - Elgin; Ascension St. Joseph - Joliet; Ascension St. Mary - Chicago; Ascension St. Mary - Kankakee; and Ascension Women’s and Children’s in Hoffman Estates.

The four AdventHealth hospitals will include those formerly called Amita Health Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook, Amita Health Adventist Medical Center GlenOaks, Amita Health Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale and Amita Health Adventist Medical Center La Grange. Those hospitals are being renamed AdventHealth Bolingbrook, AdventHealth GlenOaks, AdventHealth Hinsdale and AdventHealth La Grange, respectively.

Former Amita chief operating officer Thor Thordarson has been appointed president and CEO for the Great Lakes Region of AdventHealth, which includes the Illinois hospitals. Amita President and CEO Keith Parrott is now Ascension Illinois Ministry Market Executive.

Amita was a joint operating company formed by Adventist Midwest Health and Ascension’s Alexian Brothers Health System in 2015. In 2018, 10 Presence Health hospitals joined Ascension, becoming part of Amita.

lschencker@chicagotribune.com

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