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Dec 2015

Sarah Bush Lincoln joins BJC Collaborative

Sarah Bush Lincoln, based in Mattoon, Ill., has joined the BJC Collaborative, an affiliation of health care systems throughout Illinois, Missouri and Eastern Kansas.

The Collaborative was founded in October 2012 by BJC, CoxHealth in Springfield, Mo., Memorial Health System in Springfield, Ill., and Saint Luke’s Health System in Kansas City, Mo., to improve the quality and efficiency of health care in the Midwest region. Blessing Health System in Quincy, Ill., joined the Collaborative in May 2013 and Southern Illinois Healthcare in Carbondale, Ill., in September 2013.

While remaining independent, participating health systems collaborate to achieve savings, implement clinical programs and services to improve access to and quality of health care for patients, lower health care costs and create additional efficiencies that will benefit patients and communities.

“A significant benefit of the BJC Collaborative is being able to tap into the best practices developed by these organizations to impact our patients and our employees,” said Tim Ols, Sarah Bush Lincoln president and CEO. “We are excited about being a part of this collaborative and being able to bring best practices from these organization to Sarah Bush Lincoln and impact the health of our community members.”

“Sarah Bush Lincoln’s participation in the BJC Collaborative is a natural outgrowth of a long-standing relationship with BJC and other Collaborative members,” said Sandra Van Trease, BJC group president. “We look forward to exploring the potential to expand and develop areas in which we can work together to benefit patients in Mattoon and surrounding communities.”

Currently, the Collaborative comprises 6,500 hospital beds, nearly 60,000 employees and 7,600 employed and affiliated physicians across their adjacent service areas across and touching nine states. With Sarah Bush Lincoln, the Collaborative will add 129 licensed beds, 175 affiliated physicians and 2,150 employees.

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