Michigan company agrees to acquire Chicago Mercy Hospital


Current owner of Mercy Hospital, Trinity Health, is still aiming to open a separate ambulatory care center in the area later this year.

Mercy would be Insight’s first facility outside Michigan, where it operates five care sites focused on neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery, and also works closely with surrounding hospitals, CEO Dr Jawad Shah said. He said the company was at one point in talks to acquire MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island.

“We see Chicago as one of the great cities in the United States, and truly the world,” with the ability to attract talented clinicians, researchers and administrators, Shah said. He expects the Chicago expansion to support the company’s future growth.

Asked how the company plans to ensure Mercy’s financial viability, Shah points to Insight’s success in serving “distressed communities” in Flint and Warren, Michigan.

In addition to dealing with costs and equipment, Shah said that it will take “tremendous support from the community, excellent doctors, nurses etc. These are all things that I think will help the patient. recovery of the hospital “.

Insight leaders say they are committed to meeting with community members to better understand the needs of patients.

Elected officials and members of the Mercy Serve communities have rallied around the hospital’s plan to close this year. They say closing the hospital would leave residents – many of whom are black and brown – without access to health care during a public health crisis.

After a state health board voted unanimously in December to deny the hospital’s request to close, Mercy filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and announced plans to close most departments in the city. ‘here on May 31, citing safety concerns as staff leave and operating losses accelerate.

A group of elected officials, including Governor JB Pritzker, condemned Trinity Health last month for deciding to shut down the facility without state approval. In response, the hospital said it was open to transfer of ownership “to any interested buyer with financial backing and operational experience”.


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