Decatur – Today Decatur Memorial Hospital announced a new collaboration with BJC Healthcare out of St. Louis.
The collaboration between the two adds to the BJC Collaborative that includes health care systems throughout Illinois, Missouri and Eastern Kansas.
Timothy Stone Jr., President and CEO of Decatur Memorial Hospital, says the collaboration will have a long term impact on the community.
“The main impact on the community in this sort of collaborative endeavor is going to ensure that we are going to be here for 100 years,” says Stone.
The reasons DMH chose the BJC Collaborative was to enhance medical services in Decatur Memorial Hospital’s service area, improving quality and reducing costs, retaining local ownership of assets and maintaining local governance control.
Joining Stone in the announcement of the Collaborative was Sandra Van Trease, the Group President of BJC Healthcare, and Edgar J. Curtis, President and CEO of Memorial Health System.
Van Trease says working with DMH is something that the BJC is very much looking forward to.
“We are very excited to partner,” says Van Trease. “Decatur and the team here are certainly a top notch quality provider in this market. It has been for a long time and has of course, with the vision and the guidance of the leadership and the board, every intention of continuing to capitalize on that strong 100 year history in Decatur.”
The Collaborative does not mean that there will be leadership changes within DMH. DMH will continue to operate independently of the Collaborative with local governance and local leadership.