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Evanston-based NorthShore University HealthSystem announced today that it has completed acquisition of Arlington Height-based Northwest Community Healthcare after receiving federal and state regulatory approvals.

Plans for the merger were announced last July.

The transaction adds a sixth hospital to the NorthShore system, as well as a significant suburban outpatient presence.

“Our shared approach is built around community-connected care which means developing a strong and unified presence to meet the unique needs of patients through personal and specialized care,” said NorthShore President and CEO J.P. Gallagher. “Northwest Community and NorthShore share a culture that combines clinical excellence with compassionate relationships between our care team members and the patients we serve, which is critical now more than ever given the extraordinary times in which we are living.”

The system will include physician networks totaling more than 4,250 doctors across immediate, primary, specialty and complex care at more than 200 locations across the region.

NCH patients will benefit from NorthShore’s clinical trials as well as advanced predictive analytic technology which integrates genomics into everyday care to identify and reduce patient risk and optimize health and outcomes.

The institutions will make their respective clinical centers of excellence available to a broader patient base, including NCH’s Center for Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy and the Illinois Center for Pancreatic and Hepatobiliary Diseases as well as NorthShore’s Orthopaedic & Spine Institute, the first hospital in Illinois dedicated to ortho and spine care, among many others.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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