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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Blessing partnering with BJC Collaborative

  • Blessing Health System has announced it will participate in the BJC Collaborative, a partnership among health care systems throughout Illinois, Missouri and Eastern Kansas.
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  • Blessing Health System has announced it will participate in the BJC Collaborative, a partnership among health care systems throughout Illinois, Missouri and Eastern Kansas.
    The Collaborative was founded in October 2012 by BJC HealthCare (St. Louis), Memorial Health System (Springfield, Ill.), Saint Luke’s Health System (Kansas City), and CoxHealth (Springfield, Mo.) to improve the quality and efficiency of health care in the region.  
    While remaining independent, member and participant organizations will collaborate to achieve savings, deploy clinical programs and services to improve access to and quality of health care for patients, lower health care costs, and create additional efficiencies that will benefit patients and communities.    
    Blessing is the first health system to be invited to participate in the Collaborative by the founding members. Memorial Health System is sponsoring Blessing’s participation.
    In addition to joining the BJC Collaborative and deepening its relationship with Memorial Health System, Blessing is expanding its outreach to physician leaders in its service area. For several years Blessing Hospital has sought input and involvement from area physicians through its Physician Leadership Council. The members of the Physician Leadership Council currently consist of physicians with Quincy Medical Group and Blessing Physician Services. The membership will be expanded to include physicians serving the patients of Illini Community Hospital in Pittsfield, Ill., and other physician groups that may begin to practice in Blessing’s service area.
    For information, contact B. Bradford Billings, president/CEO – Blessing Health System, at (217) 223-8400, ext. 6806.

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