The University of Chicago Medicine and Franciscan Alliance have entered into
a “master affiliation agreement that creates a novel partnership between a
prominent academic medical center and a leading regional health system,” the
two said in a joint statement released today.
The affiliation provides for the joint development and implementation of
clinical, research, and educational initiatives.
“Officials from both institutions emphasized the synergies that will result
from the affiliation agreement, which focuses on the University of Chicago
Medicine and Franciscan Alliance’s Northwest Indiana facilities including
Crown Point, Michigan City, Dyer, Hammond and Munster.”
“By combining the world-class tertiary and quaternary care and research
capabilities of the University of Chicago Medicine with Franciscan
Alliance’s extensive network of community-based hospitals and ambulatory
centers, we will enhance patient care locally and provide seamless access
and continuity for patients needing care at any level,” said Kevin Leahy,
Franciscan Alliance’s president and chief executive officer.
Headquartered in Mishawaka, Franciscan Alliance provides primary and
specialty care services throughout its multi-state hospital system that
includes more than 40 ambulatory sites. The University of Chicago Medicine,
an academic medical institution that includes the Pritzker School of
Medicine, ranking eighth among medical schools in the country, attracts
patients regionally, nationally, and internationally for its specialty care
“This partnership brings together two health care systems that share both a
dedication to excellence in patient care and a desire to develop new models
of care in a rapidly changing health care marketplace,” said Kenneth S.
Polonsky, MD, executive vice president for medical affairs at the University
of Chicago and dean of the Biological Sciences Division and the Pritzker
School of Medicine. “We are committed to continually improving access,
efficiency and outcomes, and to extending clinical research into new arenas.
Our goal is to provide a coordinated system of value-based care for patients
across the region.”