Presence Health, which owns St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, has signed a letter of intent to merge into Ascension. The deal would combine the state’s largest Catholic-sponsored health system with the nation’s largest one.

If the deal is completed, the 12-hospital Presence group would be owned by Ascension, but operate in a joint venture called Amita Health that Ascension has with Adventist Midwest Health.

Presence has struggled to become profitable in the competitive Chicago market

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. What ever it takes

    I and my immediate family have stayed about 6 different hospitals in the area, two in Evanston. Saint Francis is the best of the bunch. The primary reason is the patient friendly staff. They treat you like a family member and make you feel good. This is a key to curing illness. I can’t say that other hospitals appear to encourage their staff to display a little TLC to their patients.

    1. You’re kidding

      If I was hit buy a car in front of this hospital, I would plead for them to send me to Evanston Hospital.

  2. St. Francis vs. Evanston Hospital

    Years ago our Metra train [going north] stopped at the Lunt stop and paramedics brought up a stretcher.  In a few minutes they left with no one the stretcher.. The conductor said they wanted to take her to St.  Francis but she wanted to go to Evanston Hospital. At Central another crew of paramedics came to the platform. Did not inspire confidence !

    1. good choice

      I work at a job that sometimes has sports accidents/injuries….paramedics always ask which hospital to take the injured person to…they’re always very emphatic about being taken only to Evanston!

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