OSF HealthCare To Take Over Presence Hospitals In Urbana, Danville

Presence Covenant Medical Center in Urbana

Presence Covenant Medical Center in Urbana

Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media

The Catholic-run hospitals in Urbana and Danville are expected to have new owners by early next year.

Peoria-based OSF HealthCare says it has signed a letter of intent with Chicago-based Presence Health to take over Presence Covenant Medical Center in Urbana, and Presence United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville.

The transfer of ownership for the two hospitals is subject to approval by state regulators, and Catholic church authorities.

In a news release from OSF, Presence Health President and CEO Mike Englehart says the transfer will help their “long-term sustainability,” and allow them to focus on their facilities in northern Illinois and the Chicago area.

“The extensive network of OSF HealthCare hospitals and outpatient services throughout the region positions it well to serve the Urbana and Danville communities,” said Englehart.

Meanwhile, OSF HealthCare CEO Kevin Schoeplein says the acquisition of the Urbana and Danville hospitals will help extend their service through Illinois.

“We will work closely with the Presence Health team to ensure a smooth transition for the Associates now employed at these hospitals,” said Schoeplein.

Presence Covenant Medical Center in Urbana has 206 beds and over 700 employees. It is the successor to Urbana’s Mercy Hospital, founded in 1919, and also absorbed the Burnham City Hospital, established in 1894.

Presence United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville has 174 beds and over 550 employees. The facility traces its roots to St. Elizabeth Hospital, established in 1882, and its 1988 merger with Lakeview Hospital.

Both OSF HealthCare and Presence Health are owned by Catholic orders of religious women.

OSF HealthCare is owned and operated by the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis.

Presence Health is sponsored by five Congregations of Catholic religious women: the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart, the Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary, the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas and the Sisters of the Resurrection.

Story source: WILL