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Ottawa Hospital Gets State Approval To Merge With OSF

Posted by wlpo on April 17, 2012

A final hurdle has been cleared for Ottawa Regional Hospital & Healthcare Center to become OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center May 1st.

An agreement has been signed to have Ottawa Regional Hospital join the OSF HealthCare System.  Earlier today, the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board approved the merger application. Last month, corporate members of the Ottawa hospital approved the merger as well.

ORH Director of Marketing Karen Brodbeck says finances played a role in the merger. She says hospital employees will keep their jobs after the merger and keep the same seniority.

The hospital will officially become OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center during a blessing and dedication led by Reverend Bishop Daniel Jenky.

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