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IN­DI­ANAPO­LIS— Fran­cis­can St. Fran­cis Health en­tered an exclusive provider agree­ment with In­di­ana In­ter­nal Medicine Con­sul­tants, an In­di­anapo­lis prac­tice with about 40 physi­cians. A St. Fran­cis spokesman said IIMC is “an­other piece in the puz­zle” as its par­ent works to­ward be­ing rec­og­nized as an ac­count­able care or­ga­ni­za­tion. St. Fran­cis is a divi­sion of Fran­cis­can Al­liance, a Catholic sys­tem based in Mishawaka, Ind. Fran­cis­can has not taken an own­er­ship stake in the group un­der the agree­ment, which was ef­fec­tive Oct. 1, the spokesman said. No fi­nan­cial terms were dis­closed. “Of the in­te­grated health sys­tems or ac­count­able care or­ga­ni­za­tions be­ing formed, we know that St. Fran­cis of­fers the spe­cific ad­van­tages, such as the elec­tronic med­i­cal-records sys­tem, range of as­so­ci­ated spe­cial­ists and many con­ve­nient ac­cess points,” IIMC CEO Dr. Wil­liam Buffie said in a news re­lease. Spe­cial­ties cov­ered by the IIMC physi­cians in­clude in­ter­nal medicine, pul­monology, crit­i­cal care, rheuma­tol­ogy, fam­ily prac­tice, in­fec­tious dis­ease and sleep medicine. Robert Brody, pres­i­dent and CEO of 230-bed St. Fran­cis, said in the re­lease that the tighter align­ment with IIMC will sup­port in­te­grated care and case man­age­ment. “The agree­ment ad­vances a more holis­tic frame­work,” Brody said. BOL­ING­BROOK, Ill.— Illi­nois of­fi­cials ap­proved the merger be­tween Provena Health and Res­ur­rec­tion Health Care, paving the way for the cre­ation of the state’s largest Catholic health provider. Of­fi­cials plan to close the deal Nov. 1. The pro­posal would com­bine the six hos­pi­tals and 1,361 beds of Mo­kena’s Provena with the eight hos­pi­tals and 2,220 beds of Res­ur­rec­tion in Chicago. The Illi­nois Health Fa­cil­i­ties and Ser­vices Re­view Board at a meet­ing in Bol­ing­brook unan­i­mously ap­proved the merger. The board ap­proved all 15 ap­pli­ca­tions re­quired to change the own­er­ship of all of the sys­tems’ busi­ness units, a spokes­woman con­firmed. The new Catholic, not-for-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion to be formed does not have a name. Last month, the group an­nounced its first CEO and pres­i­dent would be San­dra Bruce, the pres­i­dent and CEO of Res­ur­rec­tion, and its chair­man would be Guy Wiebking, Provena’s pres­i­dent and CEO.

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