Illinois Hospital Association and Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council Boards Approve Creation of Integrated Organization

Illinois Hospital Association and Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council Boards Approve Creation of Integrated Organization

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Influential hospital associations to form one integrated entity in 2016


Chicago & Naperville, IL – The Boards of the Illinois Hospital Association (IHA) and the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council (MCHC) have authorized the organizations to enter into a combination agreement for the purpose of creating a statewide, integrated organization. The integrated organization, which will be called IHA, will begin combined operations in January 2016.


In a joint statement, Dean M. Harrison, President and CEO, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and IHA Board Chair, and Michael S. Eesley, CEO, Centegra Health System and MCHC Board Chair said: “This decision marks the beginning of a truly historical shift for Illinois healthcare. Together, the leadership at IHA and MCHC are building a dynamic, integrated organization, with a powerful, unified voice that will support member healthcare institutions, and drive continued innovation to benefit the health of all Illinoisans.”


Current IHA President & CEO Maryjane Wurth will lead IHA. She will be assisted by  MCHC President & CEO Dan Yunker, who will be an Executive Vice President, and President and CEO of the Midwest Healthcare Institute, a regional entity that will offer innovative solutions to hospitals and healthcare organizations as well as serving as an incubator for innovation and development; and by IHA Chief Government Relations Officer A.J. Wilhelmi, who will serve as Executive Vice President for Advocacy, Policy and Member Services, and will lead the organization’s advocacy initiatives in the Metropolitan Chicago Area, Springfield and in Washington, DC. Together, this executive team will lead strategy and operations for the IHA.


“IHA brings together the best talent, best services and best programs to help drive more value to our members and transform our state’s healthcare delivery system,” said Wurth. “We are the trusted voice and resource for Illinois healthcare.”


Five long-term goals have been identified for IHA, according to Wurth:


  1. Strengthen and align advocacy and influence leadership to reform the delivery of healthcare in the state of Illinois;
  2. Enhance the ability to assist in performance improvement and to facilitate the transformation of hospitals and health systems;
  3. Enhance offerings in technology, data and information to support the management of population health and systems of care;
  4. Expand the array of trusted business and performance solutions through the Midwest Healthcare Institute to help hospitals and health systems transform the delivery of care; and
  5. Enhance operational effectiveness through innovative solutions.


“This integrated model provides us the unique opportunity to redefine what it means to be a health and hospital association,” said Yunker. “Bringing together the talent and expertise of both organizations will produce positive innovation in the marketplace that will benefit healthcare organizations and patients in Illinois as well as on a regional and national level.”


This integration will enhance the ability of the Illinois healthcare community to meet the “Triple Aim” of healthcare—improving care, improving population health and reducing costs by leveraging both organizations years of service to the healthcare community.


More information on the governance and operational structure as well as on the Midwest Healthcare Institute will be released in the coming months.

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