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MENDOTA, Illinois — The board of directors for Mendota Community Hospital (MCH) unanimously agreed that the new name for the hospital should be OSF Saint Paul Medical Center. The name will become effective when Mendota Community Hospital joins OSF Healthcare System sometime in spring 2015, when a blessing and dedication ceremony will take place.
The MCH Board of Directors met with leaders from OSF Healthcare System to choose a new name for the hospital. Sister Diane Marie, O.S.F., president of OSF Healthcare System, led the team through a thought provoking presentation.
“The process for choosing the name was very special to our board and our executive team,” said Judy Christiansen, interim CEO for MCH. “It was an opportunity for OSF to share an important part of their ministry with Mendota Community Hospital as well as highlight our new future as part of the OSF Healthcare System.”
The MCH board, along with OSF, believes that OSF Saint Paul Medical Center is a meaningful name for the hospital as well as for the Mendota community.
Margo Gallagher Schmitz, president of Mendota Community Hospital’s Board of Directors, noted, “This name change will identify that the Mendota hospital is part of a larger health system and will recognize the important role our medical center performs in providing access to all the services OSF Healthcare System offers for Mendota-area patients.”
The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board approved the system’s Certificate of Exemption application for a change of ownership Nov. 12, providing the regulatory approval needed for MCH to join OSF. Reaching this milestone has enabled both organizations to begin actively planning the integration of MCH into OSF.
Posted Dec. 10, 2014