New Names Reflect New Owners For Urbana, Danville Hospitals

New sign for OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center.

A newly installed sign identifies OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center in Urbana.

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Thursday, February First was the day that the Catholic hospitals in Urbana and Danville changed their ownership from Presence Health to OSF Healthcare. They also changed their names.

Covenant Medical Center in Urbana is now Heart of Mary. And Danville’s United Samaritans Medical Center been renamed Sacred Heart. Temporary signs marking the change went up around seven Thursday morning. The two hospitals held tech switchovers overnight to integrate their operations into the OSF system.

OSF Healthcare says it has negotiated new in-network provider agreements with most of the insurance companies that served the hospitals under their former owners. One exception is Blue Cross/Blue Shield, but OSF says in a news release that discussions with that provider are continuing.

Peoria-based OSF Healthcare signed an agreement last year to take over the Urbana and Danville hospitals from Chicago-based Presence Health. Both organizations are run by orders of Catholic religious women.  

The two Catholic hospitals had changed their names once before, when they absorbed secular hospitals in their communities. 

Heart of Mary in Urbana, formerly Covenant, had been known as Mercy Hospital until it absorbed Champaign’s Burnham City Hospital in 1992.

And Sacred Heart in Danville, formerly United Samaritans, changed its name from St. Elizabeth Hospital when it merged with Lakeview Hospital in 1988.

Story source: WILL