Memorial Hospital and Elkhart General merger name announced

Two long-standing Michiana hospitals are joining forces and going by a new name.

Memorial Hospital and Elkhart General Hospital announced Friday that their merged operations will now be known as Beacon Health System.

The aim of the partnership is to save money and have a larger presence in the area. The two hospitals will be able to use group purchasing for medical equipment. The move is expected to save the two facilities an estimated $5 million.

Beacon CEO Phil Newbold said that combining the resources of the two hospitals will also make recruiting top talent easier.

The two hospitals do have a competitive past, but Newbold said team members are working to create a sense of unity as they move forward.

“We're working hard to blend the two cultures,” Newbold said. “We don’t want to give up any of the legacies and histories. But, by coming together we can do so many new things. There is so much more we can do together than separately”

No lay-offs are expected in this merger, according to Newbold.

National healthcare changes did have an impact on this partnership.

“The private sector is moving toward healthcare reform with or without the Supreme Court,” Newbold said. “Sharing services will enable us to coordinate on care more easily. Reform will come and we'll be right there at the forefront, delivering care no matter what the reimbursement situation.”

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