Decatur Memorial Hospital will become part of Memorial Health System, based in Springfield. The announcement was made Thursday and is scheduled to take effect October 1, pending regulatory approval.
In a statement, Decatur CEO Timothy Stone said the merger will enable them to hold down costs and provide higher quality care.
“Remaining on the leading edge of health and patient care is critical to delivering on our mission. Joining a neighboring, like-minded, leading healthcare organization will help us provide lower-cost, higher-quality healthcare using innovative practices and technology,” Stone said.
“Our organizations share a commitment to build healthier, stronger communities through exceptional care. This affiliation with Decatur Memorial Hospital and the physicians who serve those communities is a significant milestone in our efforts to increase access to healthcare across central Illinois,” said Ed Curtis, president and CEO of Memorial Health System. “With the addition of Decatur Memorial Hospital, we are able to do more for our region.”
“Both Memorial Health System and Decatur Memorial Hospital have a century-long track record of living out their missions to improve the health of the people and communities they serve. This affiliation will improve access to care in the region and strengthen Memorial’s commitment to the people of central Illinois,” Curtis said.
Decatur Memorial Hospital is the third largest employer in Macon County with 2,300 workers. It will become the second largest facility in the Memorial Health System, after Springfield's Memorial Medical Center. The system is also comprised of Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville, Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln and Taylorville Memorial Hospital in Taylorville, as well as Memorial Physician Services, Memorial Behavioral Health and Memorial Home Services.