DuPage Medical Group, Edward Hospital Announce Ground-breaking Joint Venture

May 10, 2011

Two of Illi­nois’ top health care providers, DuPage Med­ical Group (DMG) and Edward Hos­pi­tal, have joined forces to devel­op a ground-break­ing joint ven­ture designed to improve qual­i­ty of health care in the west­ern and south­west­ern sub­urbs of Chicago.

DMG and Edward announced today the cre­ation of a new enti­ty – Illi­nois Health Part­ners – to joint­ly man­age the care of near­ly 100,000 HMO patients in the west­ern and south­west­ern sub­urbs. The part­ner­ship extends beyond HMO patients as the two providers will also work close­ly to devel­op clin­i­cal ini­tia­tives which improve the qual­i­ty of health care, con­trol costs and improve the patient expe­ri­ence through­out the region. 

The com­mu­ni­ties served by DMG and Edward include 1.7 mil­lion Illi­nois res­i­dents across four counties. 

While DMG and Edward remain inde­pen­dent, the joint ven­ture brings togeth­er DMG, one of the largest and most suc­cess­ful physi­cian-owned mul­ti-spe­cial­ty groups in the Mid­west, and Edward, the eighth largest hos­pi­tal in the Chica­go area and one of the most pre­ferred hos­pi­tals in Illi­nois for high-lev­el ser­vices such as heart care.

Mike Kasper, CEO of DuPage Med­ical Group based in Down­ers Grove, said, This rela­tion­ship will be focused on improv­ing qual­i­ty, effi­cien­cy and access to care for our patients – with physi­cians dri­ving the process. We chose Edward as our part­ner because of its excel­lent qual­i­ty, strong rep­u­ta­tion and long his­to­ry of part­ner­ing with physicians.”

This part­ner­ship with DMG means seam­less­ly coor­di­nat­ed care for res­i­dents in this region, and that leads to bet­ter patient out­comes and health­i­er com­mu­ni­ties,” said Pam Davis, Pres­i­dent & CEO of Edward Hos­pi­tal & Health Ser­vices based in Naperville. The joint ven­ture is a com­mu­ni­ty-based solu­tion to the chal­lenges of con­tin­u­ing to improve the qual­i­ty of health care in this region. Col­lab­o­rat­ing with DuPage Med­ical Group is a nat­ur­al for us since we know that physi­cians who prac­tice in our ser­vice area are our best part­ners in this work.”

In the com­ing months, DMG and Edward will final­ize details of Illi­nois Health Part­ners. HMO patients cur­rent­ly served by DuPage Med­ical Group and Edward will hear direct­ly from their respec­tive providers as changes are made.

A part­ner­ship to improve the patient expe­ri­ence
This alliance between Edward and DMG calls for work­ing togeth­er to estab­lish the best prac­tice in clin­i­cal care across all care set­tings, as well as col­lab­o­rat­ing to become more effi­cient in how care is admin­is­tered. Progress in these efforts will be mea­sured and tracked using qual­i­ty and out­comes data.

We expect this to be a true col­lab­o­ra­tion where the goal is to deliv­er the best val­ue in health care,” said DMG’s Kasper. This means high qual­i­ty, cost effec­tive health care with expand­ed patient access and bet­ter patient outcomes.”

Edward’s Davis said, Work­ing togeth­er will enable us to achieve high­er qual­i­ty and greater cost-effec­tive­ness than we could accom­plish on our own. For instance, the physi­cians involved in this col­lab­o­ra­tion will col­lect and share spe­cif­ic qual­i­ty per­for­mance mea­sures for each physi­cian – pri­ma­ry care and spe­cial­ists. That will result in con­crete improve­ment of that per­for­mance lead­ing direct­ly to bet­ter, more con­sis­tent patient care.”