Monday, November 1, 2010

Client News: Galesburg Clinic joins OSF HealthCare

Source: Galesburg The Register-Mail

GALESBURG — OSF HealthCare announced today that effective immediately, Galesburg Clinic will become part of the OSF HealthCare System and will be known as OSF Galesburg Clinic.

In a news release, OSF HealthCare said “the decision was made after carefully considering many factors, most importantly, the impact on the existing patients and to the Galesburg community. OSF believes that integrating fully with OSF HealthCare will give the Galesburg Clinic — its physicians, providers and staff — the best opportunity to continue providing patients with the very best care possible, now and in the future. All Galesburg Clinic physicians have chosen to join OSF, and will continue to care for their patients under the new name.”

“The integration of the Galesburg Clinic P.C. into OSF HealthCare System will better position us to withstand the coming changes to the U.S. healthcare system and allow us to continue to provide the high quality care we’ve provided families of western Illinois for over 70 years,” says Mark Meeker, MD, CMO, OSF Galesburg Clinic. “We look forward to being part of a high quality integrated system while serving patient needs in Galesburg.”

OSF Galesburg Clinic is located on the OSF St. Mary Medical Center campus and is physically attached to the medical center. Both entities have worked closely together for years and share common philosophies and values. A news release said aligning with experienced physicians from OSF HealthCare and OSF St. Mary allows OSF Galesburg Clinic to share information, reduce fragmentation of care and help attract additional needed medical professionals to the communities we serve.

“The national healthcare scene is changing rapidly. Communities tied together with vibrant and efficient medical centers, physician groups and aligned ancillary services dedicated to improving the overall health of their communities will be well positioned to continue providing quality care during these uncertain times. I believe this alliance will allow us to do just that,” says Richard S. Kowalski, President, CEO, OSF St. Mary Medical Center.

The services provided by OSF Galesburg Clinic include a multi-specialty physicians office, a Prompt Care walk-in clinic with additional medical professional services, as will as satellite locations at Knox College and in Monmouth, Kewanee, Macomb and Hopedale. OSF integrated home care services, including home health, home medical equipment, diabetes supplies, even hospice will allow OSF Galesburg Clinic to provide patients with a continuum of care for all their needs.

OSF Galesburg Clinic was established by area physicians in 1940, and has been dedicated to providing high quality healthcare to the patients it serves. This physician led multi-specialty group provides primary and secondary healthcare services as well as behavioral health and audiology services. OSF Galesburg Clinic encompasses six locations, its main office on North Seminary Street in Galesburg, OSF Prompt Care on Henderson Street in Galesburg as well as clinics at Knox College and in Monmouth, Kewanee and Hopedale.

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