CARBONDALE, Ill. (WSIL) -- Illinois Health Facilities Services and Review Board has formally approved Harrisburg Medical Center joining SIH. The closing of the ownership transaction will be Aug. 1, 2021.
“We are grateful for the Illinois Health Facilities Services and Review Board’s decision, which paves the way for SIH and HMC to join together,” said SIH President and CEO Rex Budde. “As a result of this affiliation, local residents will be provided with increased access to care, including an expansion of critically-needed mental health services, and an increase in quality and outcomes of care through enhanced facilities and technology.”
Don Hutson, HMC’s chief executive officer, says the change will offer new opportunities to improve patient care.
“It is important to note we expect this relationship to result in increased educational opportunities for health occupations, which will both benefit the local workforce and increase the availability of healthcare workers in southeastern Illinois,” said Hutson.
SIH has been clinically affiliated with HMC since 2012, partnering on telemedicine, physician recruitment and outreach.
“Overall, with improved medical collaboration and systematizing of best practice protocols, we’ll work together to improve quality of care, patient safety and patient satisfaction,” said SIH Board Chair Dr. Robert Mees.