The Boards of the Illinois Hospital Association (IHA) and the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council (MCHC) have authorized the organizations to enter into a combination agreement for the purpose of creating a statewide, integrated organization. The integrated organization, which will be called IHA, will begin combined operations in January 2016.
In a joint statement, Dean M. Harrison, President and CEO, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and IHA Board Chair, and Michael S. Eesley, CEO, Centegra Health System and MCHC Board Chair said: “This decision marks the beginning of a truly historical shift for Illinois healthcare. Together, the leadership at IHA and MCHC are building a dynamic, integrated organization, with a powerful, unified voice that will support member healthcare institutions, and drive continued innovation to benefit the health of all Illinoisans.”
Current IHA President & CEO Maryjane Wurth will lead IHA. She will be assisted by MCHC President & CEO Dan Yunker, who will be an Executive Vice President, and President and CEO of the Midwest Healthcare Institute, a regional entity that will offer innovative solutions to hospitals and healthcare organizations as well as serving as an incubator for innovation and development; and by IHA Chief Government Relations Officer A.J. Wilhelmi, who will serve as Executive Vice President for Advocacy, Policy and Member Services, and will lead the organization’s advocacy initiatives in the Metropolitan Chicago Area, Springfield and in Washington, DC. Together, this executive team will lead strategy and operations for the IHA.
“IHA brings together the best talent, best services and best programs to help drive more value to our members and transform our state’s healthcare delivery system,” said Wurth. “We are the trusted voice and resource for Illinois healthcare.”