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Cadence, Rockford Health System intend to merge

Cadence Health and Rockford Health System on Wednesday announced a merger between the two health systems.

Cadence Health President and Chief Executive Director Mike Vivoda said the merger would offer access to care in more than 40 locations including Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Delnor Hospital in Geneva, Rockford Memorial Hospital and Van Matre HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Rockford.

"It is a multi-regional health system with hundreds of doctors who are aligned with this health system," Vivoda said. This network of 40 different health care locations throughout the entire geography is what we're really focused on, bringing high-quality, cost-effective health care closer to where people live and work."

Cadence recently opened a facility in Aurora that offers primary care, convenient care, rehabilitation services as well as occupational health.

"You will see us, as a combined health system, continue to develop ambulatory sites like that," Vivoda said. "The expansion and growth at Delnor post merger with CDH is kind of proof positive of what the expectations should be for this new combined health system."

Cadence Health was formed in March 2011 as a result of the merger between Central DuPage Health System in Winfield and Delnor Community Health System in Geneva. One of Cadence's latest projects is the Cadence Cancer Center at Delnor Hospital, which opened in September.

"It was on Delnor's strategic plan for quite some time," Vivoda said. "The combination with CDH accelerated the development of that. The Aurora medical office building is another example of our commitment. We have also developed simulation labs at both CDH and Delnor hospitals as a result of not only the merger, but also philanthropic support."

The merger between Cadence Health and Rockford Health System is subject to approval by the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board. Vivoda said he expects the merger to be complete in the spring after state approval.

Vivoda didn't rule out the possibility of Cadence being involved in more mergers in the future.

"We are still an organization posed for additional growth," he said. "We don't believe in mergers for the sake of mergers. If they are like opportunities with like-minded organizations that help expand and enhance our desire to be a locally governed, locally managed health system in the west and northwest, the answer would be 'yes.' But there is nothing imminent to chat about now."

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