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Decatur Memorial Hospital, SIU School of Medicine Expand Collaboration

Tuesday October, 20th 2015

October 20, 2015…Decatur Memorial Hospital and Southern Illinois University School of Medicine today announced an expanded collaboration that will allow patients easier access to specialty services.

The 35-year academic and clinical partnership with the SIU Department of Family & Community Medicine will soon expand in Decatur to other services and specialties of the School of Medicine and its clinical practice, SIU HealthCare. SIU HealthCare providers in adult and pediatric medicine will initially provide the following services at DMH: adult gastroenterology, neurology, dermatology, and reconstructive surgery; and pediatric specialties of cardiology, behavioral health, gastroenterology, pulmonology, and hematology/oncology. The presence of expanded clinical educational experiences in Decatur for SIU medical students, physician assistant students, and resident physicians will further the teaching and academic missions of both organizations.

“Decatur Memorial Hospital is proud to expand adult and pediatric medicine services and specialties in the Decatur community through this collaboration with SIU School of Medicine,” said Timothy D. Stone Jr., President, Decatur Memorial Hospital. “As we have seen in other communities, a hospital’s collaboration with a medical school has significant economic impact in the community.”

“It is a principal aim of the Affordable Care Act to have primary and specialty services within a clinically integrated network. This expanded collaboration is a valuable complement to the services currently offered at DMH and will provide our community with more convenient access to additional medical specialties negating the need to travel out of town,” Stone said.

DMH’s commitment to integrated care includes quality measurement and improvement, the use of health information technology, and patient-centered care. For example, future efforts will include use of SIU School of Medicine’s Telehealth Program to further develop 24/7 access to primary and specialty care throughout the region. An expansion of the SIU-Decatur Family Medicine Residency Program is also under development at Sullivan Medical Center in Sullivan and Arthur Medical Center in Arthur. “Expanding our partnership with DMH will provide patients with easier access to both primary care and specialty care services and will advance all aspects of the mission of the School of SIU Medicine. This collaboration will go far to improve the quality of care for the people of Decatur and surrounding communities,” said Jerry Kruse, MD, CEO of SIU HealthCare and Executive Associate Dean of SIU School of Medicine.

SIU School of Medicine’s mission is to assist the people of central and southern Illinois in meeting their health needs through education, patient care, research and service to the community. The School has more than 250 full-time physicians as well as other medical professionals, offering both primary care and specialized treatment services through its outpatient clinics, SIU HealthCare. The medical school works in partnership with hospitals and clinics throughout Illinois. Clinical outreach efforts extend SIU’s involvement to 50 Illinois communities. For information, call SIU’s Call Center, 217-545-8000 or 1-800-342-5748 or visit www.siumed.edu.

Decatur Memorial Hospital (DMH), located in Decatur, Ill., is a 300 bed, not-for-profit, community hospital that has been providing medical care since 1916 for the residents of Central Illinois. Today, DMH has nearly 2,300 dedicated employees and 300 physicians. DMH encompasses 11 state-of-the-art centers of excellence. DMH has been recognized four consecutive years as a 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospital from Truven Health Analytics.