SOURCE: Advocate Health Care

February 26, 2014 16:44 ET

Advocate Health Care and Silver Cross Announce Clinical Affiliation

DOWNERS GROVE, IL--(Marketwired - February 26, 2014) - Advocate Health Care and New Lenox, IL-based Silver Cross Hospital and Medical Centers announced their clinical affiliation today, which expands Advocate Physician Partners' (APP) nationally recognized Clinical Integration Program.

APP, a jointly governed organization by Advocate and more than 4,400 physicians, is focused on improving health care quality and outcomes while reducing the overall cost of health care. 

The affiliation is in response to the current health care climate that continues to undergo transformational change from "volume-driven" to "value-driven" care.

Silver Cross Hospital will be clinically integrated with Advocate Physician Partners and Advocate Health Care by adopting the APP Clinical Integration Program and becoming a member of Advocate's Health Outcomes Council. Through the Health Outcomes Council, we will come together to achieve short and long-term goals in support of the elimination of safety events and top decile health outcomes across the care continuum. Additionally, Silver Cross and its physicians will become a part of APP's governing body.

"Silver Cross is a recognized Top 100 hospital that shares our core values, including first and foremost delivering the safest and best health outcomes along with a commitment to reducing health care costs," said Jim Skogsbergh, Advocate's president and chief executive officer. "We are excited by this opportunity to share our experience with another health care system while extending access to our evidence-based programs."

Silver Cross's president and chief executive officer, Paul Pawlak said, "By applying APP's 15-year track record of implementing its proven clinically integrated and coordinated care model, Silver Cross will be better positioned to move more quickly to value-driven care."

Pawlak also added that through the due diligence process it became apparent that both organizations have aligned values and that each organization will benefit from the partnership. 

Chris Udovich, M.D., chief of medical staff, Silver Cross Hospital says patients will ultimately benefit from the partnership.

"The Silver Cross Medical staff shares Advocate Physician Partners' vision for improving outcomes and eliminating unnecessary costs. Adopting the clinical integration program is the best way to serve our patients and community."

In February 2012, Silver Cross opened its new 289-bed acute care hospital in New Lenox and along with its physicians has demonstrated an exceptional ability to manage partial risk extremely well.

"Together we will continue to build on the outstanding reputations that both of our health care systems have achieved in health outcomes and patient satisfaction, and take significant steps toward improving the health of the communities we are privileged to serve," Skogsbergh said.

In the coming weeks, APP and Silver Cross will continue to work through the operational details of the affiliation. 

About Advocate Health Care

Advocate Health Care, named among the nation's top health systems, is the largest health system in Illinois and one of the largest health care providers in the Midwest. Advocate operates more than 250 sites of care, including 10 acute care hospitals, the state's largest integrated children's network, five Level I trauma centers (the state's highest designation in trauma care), two Level II trauma centers, one of the area's largest home health care companies and one of the region's largest medical groups. Advocate Health Care trains more primary care physicians and residents at its four teaching hospitals than any other health system in the state. As a not-for-profit, mission-based health system affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Church of Christ, Advocate contributed $571 million in charitable care and services to communities across Chicagoland and Central Illinois in 2011.

About Silver Cross Hospital

Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895. Silver Cross has been recognized as a Truven 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for seven consecutive years and as a Hospital of Choice by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 3,500 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a new 289-bed acute care hospital at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox and 8 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325). Physicians on Silver Cross Hospital's Medical Staff have expertise in their areas of practice to meet the needs of patients seeking their care. These physicians are independent practitioners on the Medical Staff and are not the agents or employees of Silver Cross Hospital. They treat patients based upon their independent medical judgment and they bill patients separately for their services.

About Advocate Physician Partners

Advocate Physician Partners (APP) brings together more than 4,400 physicians committed to improving health care quality, safety and outcomes for patients across Chicagoland and Central Illinois. 

Contact Information

  • Vincent Pierri
    Manager, Public Affairs
    Advocate Health Care
    3075 Highland Parkway
    Downers Grove, Illinois 60515
    O: 630.929.6631
    C: 847.997.6294