OSF's name changes for Urbana, Danville hospitals honor origins

OSF's name changes for Urbana, Danville hospitals honor origins

URBANA — The names of both Presence Covenant and Presence United Samaritans medical centers will be changing once again as a result of their pending sale to OSF HealthCare.

Presence Covenant Medical Center's new name will be OSF HealthCare Heart of Mary Medical Center, and Presence United Samaritans Medical Center will become OSF HealthCare Sacred Heart Medical Center, according to Peoria-based OSF.

The names will formally be changed after the finalization of the sale of both hospitals, which is expected to close in the first quarter of next year.

OSF spokeswoman Shelli Dankoff said the new names were chosen after "much prayerful thought" to honor the legacy of the religious congregations involved with the original founding of the hospitals, the Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary and Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart.

"As the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis become the sponsors of these two ministries, the new names ensure the continuation of a century-long commitment to Catholic health care in Urbana and a 135-year Catholic health care tradition in Danville," she said.

"These ministries have been sponsored by two very special congregations of Catholic religious women," Dankoff said.

OSF plans to build on the faith and heritage of the founding religious orders as they serve the communities, she said.

A planned sale of the Urbana and Danville hospitals to OSF HealthCare was announced a month ago, with the transaction yet to be approved by state regulators.

Until this week, both Catholic health systems were moving forward with just a signed letter of intent, but on Monday, they signed a definitive agreement, Dankoff said.

The two systems also held their first integration meeting this week and can now begin working through details such as choosing an administrative team for the Urbana and Danville hospitals and sending in an IT team to go to work at both locations, she said.

The formal application seeking approval for the sale can now also be filed with the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board, Dankoff said.

Covenant has a history in Urbana as the former Mercy Hospital, with the Covenant name coming along after a 1989 merger of Mercy and the former Burnham City Hospital in Champaign.

The United Samaritans name for the Danville hospital has its roots in a 1988 merger of Lakeview Medical Center and St. Elizabeth Hospital.

The old Provena name was, itself, the result of another merger in 1997, when two Catholic health systems joined to form Provena Health.

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DEB wrote on September 14, 2017 at 8:09 am

So many name and ownership changes. It will always be Mercy Hospital to me.