043033 UC Ingalls Mental Health Awareness Month Ad Reoirter

Little Company of Mary Hospital is making plans to merge with OSF HealthCare

dr john hanlon photo 7 18

Photo by Joe Boyle

Dr. John Hanlon, CEO and president of Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers, speaks at the Evergreen Park Village Board meeting on July 15. Hanlon told the board that the hospital’s future looks bright after several lean years.

By Joe Boyle

Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park, which was founded in 1930 by the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary, has entered into a period of exclusive negotiations in anticipation of a full merger with OSF HealthCare.

The two organizations will spend the next several months finalizing agreements and seeking the necessary regulatory and canonical approvals. In addition to adding advanced technologies, the agreement would allow Little Company and OSF to share services, develop and expand academic partnerships, and create strategies to meet the needs of various populations.

The merger is expected to take place in early 2020, according to sources.

“As health care continues to evolve, we have the responsibility to ensure that we are planning for the future – both in terms of technology and innovation as well as preserving Catholic health care,” said John Hanlon, MD, MMM, president and CEO, Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers. “OSF HealthCare is a leader in transforming health care, and we believe our firm foundation of faith and collective sense of purpose and mission will allow for sustained quality, coordinated care and innovation.”

OSF HealthCare is an integrated health system owned and operated by The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis and headquartered in Peoria. OSF HealthCare employs nearly 21,000 employees in 126 locations, including 13 hospitals — nine acute care, four critical access — and two colleges of nursing. Its physician network employs more than 1,200 primary care, specialist physicians, and advanced practice providers.

“Partnership development, particularly with other mission-driven organizations, is a key component of how we are successfully responding to the call to share our Ministry,” said Bob Sehring, CEO, OSF HealthCare. “We have long admired the strong Catholic heritage and commitment to the gift of life demonstrated by Little Company of Mary, and believe that together, we can create better health and deliver value for our communities.”

Hanlon, who has served as the CEO and president at Little Company since August 2018, made the initial announcement during a 10-minute presentation on July 15 night at the Evergreen Park Board meeting. He did not mention at that time it was OSF HealthCare.

Hanlon, who has been affiliated with Little Company since 1987, said the hospital has been dealing with financial difficulties over the past few years but has since made adjustments and are better prepared to serve the community in the future.

“We just got an A rating and we are proud of that,” Hanlon said. “Two years ago, we got a D and that was disconcerting. I must admit we took our eye off the ball a bit. But in 18 months, we went from a D to an A.”

The CEO praised the hospital’s commitment and the care patients are now receiving at the main facility, 2800 W. 95th St., and its other health centers. He pointed to the radiology department advances at the hospital.

“We are not afraid to spend money,” Hanlon said. “We know we have to invest in technology for the future. It is a completely new hospital.”

The Evergreen Park Board approved permit fees for the renovation of the Little Company Hospital and Health Care Centers emergency room project, which Hanlon estimates will be near $25 million in improvements when completed.

“The goal is to get the patient in to see a doctor in 30 minutes,” Hanlon told the board. “That has not always been the case. Patients sometimes have had to wait for hours. We are making progress in the ER department. We are not perfect, no one is, but we are much better.”

Little Company had originally been set to merge in October 2017 with the Rush system in what was described as a new era for the local hospital. Little Company has more than 272 beds and more than 2,000 employees, along with the other health centers in the southwest suburbs.

However, in April 2018, officials in a joint statement said that the deal was off.

“In restructuring a hospital, it is hard to make it independently anymore,” Hanlon said. “I don’t know really why Rush backed out. They were not that forthcoming on why. I think they became skittish because of the financial situation at the hospital. Last year, we lost over $30 million. Next year, it will be $35 million. But the bleeding has stopped. We are recruiting more doctors, nurses and staff.”

Hanlon was asked if the mission of Little Company will remain as a local Catholic community hospital after the merger.

“Our mission will remain the same and we will be affiliated with a Catholic system,” Hanlon said. “They are very much aligned with what the Sisters of Little Company want.”

One resident asked if Little Company would become more of a trauma center after the merger.

“We will take on more trauma victims,” Hanlon noted. “But we have Advocate just two miles away (Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn) and it is a major trauma center. So, I don’t think we will be doing much of that.”

Hanlon said that with the financial improvements, the hospital will implement a two-pod system, in which 12 treatment areas will be established each, totaling 24 altogether. The project will take two years to be completed, according to the Evergreen Park Board.

Evergreen Park Mayor James Sexton was pleased with Hanlon’s overview of Little Company’s past and future.

“This is a much better situation,” Sexton said. “Dr. Hanlon has opened up the line of communication.”

Local News

SRP-IMAGE-Logo

Clear-Ridge Reporter and NewsHound May 25, 2022

regional orland memorial day 2022 preview

Orland Park to add 7 names during Memorial Day ceremony

The Orland Park community is invited to join the village this Memorial Day in remembrance of those who have given their lives for our country. The ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 30, at the village’s memorial, Ara Pace – Place of Peace, located outside of Village Hall at 14700 S.…

SRP-IMAGE-Logo

Girls Soccer: De La Salle tops Bremen for program’s first regional title

By Steve Millar Correspondent De La Salle coach Carlos Nunez has seen his teams come up a bit short in the postseason repeatedly over the years. The Meteors had never won a regional championship in girls soccer. Until this year, that is. “I’ve been in every single one that we’ve lost in,” Nunez said. “We’ve…

Mallory Pugh, middle, moves the ball during the preseason. She played her first NWSL game Sunday and had two goals and an assist. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Pro soccer report: Pugh tallies twice return in Red Stars’ win over Orlando

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Mallory Pugh gave a sample of what could be a big 2022 season when she scored four goals in the exhibition Challenge Cup series. But the Red Stars scoring threat missed the first two games of the NWSL season with an injury, and the team split decisions against Louisville and…

Screen Shot 2022-05-23 at 8.23.03 AM

New ward map OKed

Reflects Madigan’s power By Tim Hadac The City Council this week approved a new ward map that, among other things, will see all of Clearing and most of Garfield Ridge shifted to the 13th Ward. Midway International Airport also would shift from the 23rd Ward to the 13th. Monday’s 43-7 vote means the issue will…

Sandburg's Jeremy Johnson, the hero of a semifinal win over Homewood-Flossmoor, legs out a hit in a 6-3 loss to Lockport on Saturday at Ozinga Field. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Area Sports Roundup: Sandburg takes 2nd at Bajenski tourney

By Jeff Vorva Staff writer The Sandburg baseball team has had more downs than ups this season. But the Eagles finished the regular season on a strong note with a run to second place at the Steven M. Bajenski Memorial Tournament, which wrapped up May 21 at Ozinga Field in Crestwood. To get to the…

Sandburg's 3200 meter relay team of (left to right) Sean Marquardt Declan Tunney, Trent Anderson and Brock Rice ran the third-best time in the nation Thursday at Lockport and finished in second place. Photo courtesy of Sandburg High School.

Track Postseason Report: Sandburg boys 3200 relay records nation’s third-best time in 2022

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer How good was the competition in the boys track Class 3A Lockport Sectional in the 3200 meter relay? Sandburg’s relay team of Brock Rice, Declan Tunney, Trent Anderson and Sean Marquardt ran a time of 7:42.42, which tied for the third-best time in the nation in 2022. And that was…

biz pop's beef logo

Pop’s to celebrate National Italian Beef Day with week of specials

Palos Heights-based Pop’s Italian Beef & Sausage is beefing up May this year with a week-long celebration of National Italian Beef Day at each of their locations. As part of the celebrations, Pop’s is hosting an interactive contest on their Facebook page during the week of National Italian Beef Day from Monday, May 23, through…

Members of the “Small Island, Big Song” presented educational workshops to students at Moraine Valley Community College. (Supplied photo)

‘Small Island, Big Song’ workshops enrich classroom learning at MVCC

From staff reports Coming from some of the smallest islands in the world, performers from “Small Island, Big Song” talked about climate change, indigenous cultures and island history from their homelands to students in select sociology and geography classes at Moraine Valley Community College last month. The group performed their musical and spoken word endeavor…

Elaine Grande

Pathlights names new executive director

From staff reports Elaine Grande has been appointed Executive Director by Pathlights’ Board of Directors effective May 30. Grande brings more than 30 years of successful leadership experience and becomes only the third Executive Director in the Palos Heights nonprofit’s 46-year history. She currently leads all Pathlights program and services as Director of Program Development…

Neighbors

AladdinsBanquets WebAd
SRP-IMAGE-Logo

Clear-Ridge Reporter and NewsHound May 25, 2022

regional orland memorial day 2022 preview

Orland Park to add 7 names during Memorial Day ceremony

The Orland Park community is invited to join the village this Memorial Day in remembrance of those who have given their lives for our country. The ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 30, at the village’s memorial, Ara Pace – Place of Peace, located outside of Village Hall at 14700 S.…

SRP-IMAGE-Logo

Girls Soccer: De La Salle tops Bremen for program’s first regional title

By Steve Millar Correspondent De La Salle coach Carlos Nunez has seen his teams come up a bit short in the postseason repeatedly over the years. The Meteors had never won a regional championship in girls soccer. Until this year, that is. “I’ve been in every single one that we’ve lost in,” Nunez said. “We’ve…

Mallory Pugh, middle, moves the ball during the preseason. She played her first NWSL game Sunday and had two goals and an assist. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Pro soccer report: Pugh tallies twice return in Red Stars’ win over Orlando

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Mallory Pugh gave a sample of what could be a big 2022 season when she scored four goals in the exhibition Challenge Cup series. But the Red Stars scoring threat missed the first two games of the NWSL season with an injury, and the team split decisions against Louisville and…

Screen Shot 2022-05-23 at 8.23.03 AM

New ward map OKed

Reflects Madigan’s power By Tim Hadac The City Council this week approved a new ward map that, among other things, will see all of Clearing and most of Garfield Ridge shifted to the 13th Ward. Midway International Airport also would shift from the 23rd Ward to the 13th. Monday’s 43-7 vote means the issue will…

Sandburg's Jeremy Johnson, the hero of a semifinal win over Homewood-Flossmoor, legs out a hit in a 6-3 loss to Lockport on Saturday at Ozinga Field. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Area Sports Roundup: Sandburg takes 2nd at Bajenski tourney

By Jeff Vorva Staff writer The Sandburg baseball team has had more downs than ups this season. But the Eagles finished the regular season on a strong note with a run to second place at the Steven M. Bajenski Memorial Tournament, which wrapped up May 21 at Ozinga Field in Crestwood. To get to the…

Sandburg's 3200 meter relay team of (left to right) Sean Marquardt Declan Tunney, Trent Anderson and Brock Rice ran the third-best time in the nation Thursday at Lockport and finished in second place. Photo courtesy of Sandburg High School.

Track Postseason Report: Sandburg boys 3200 relay records nation’s third-best time in 2022

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer How good was the competition in the boys track Class 3A Lockport Sectional in the 3200 meter relay? Sandburg’s relay team of Brock Rice, Declan Tunney, Trent Anderson and Sean Marquardt ran a time of 7:42.42, which tied for the third-best time in the nation in 2022. And that was…

biz pop's beef logo

Pop’s to celebrate National Italian Beef Day with week of specials

Palos Heights-based Pop’s Italian Beef & Sausage is beefing up May this year with a week-long celebration of National Italian Beef Day at each of their locations. As part of the celebrations, Pop’s is hosting an interactive contest on their Facebook page during the week of National Italian Beef Day from Monday, May 23, through…

Members of the “Small Island, Big Song” presented educational workshops to students at Moraine Valley Community College. (Supplied photo)

‘Small Island, Big Song’ workshops enrich classroom learning at MVCC

From staff reports Coming from some of the smallest islands in the world, performers from “Small Island, Big Song” talked about climate change, indigenous cultures and island history from their homelands to students in select sociology and geography classes at Moraine Valley Community College last month. The group performed their musical and spoken word endeavor…

Elaine Grande

Pathlights names new executive director

From staff reports Elaine Grande has been appointed Executive Director by Pathlights’ Board of Directors effective May 30. Grande brings more than 30 years of successful leadership experience and becomes only the third Executive Director in the Palos Heights nonprofit’s 46-year history. She currently leads all Pathlights program and services as Director of Program Development…

DVN McDonalds 7701 Harlem House Ad
CRR NH Obbies Pizza House Ad