Chicago-based health system RUSH and Mishawaka-based Franciscan Alliance Inc. are partnering to increase the availability of healthcare to patients in northwest Indiana. The partners say the agreement establishes coordinated care between RUSH and Franciscan, with direct collaboration between providers that will offer patients a streamlined process.
The partnership includes Franciscan Health hospitals in Crown Point, Dyer, Hammond, Michigan City and Munster, as well as the Rush University System for Health. In addition to services within their own communities, Franciscan Health patients will now have access to subspecialty care from RUSH providers.
“Our organizations have a shared goal of bringing the best and latest treatments to the communities we serve,” said Dr. Omar Lateef, chief executive officer of RUSH. “We’ve been honored to provide care in the region for many years, and this partnership makes it even simpler for our teams to come together to offer the care that patients and their families need.”
The partners say potential affiliations include oncology, neurology, neurosurgery and related surgical specialties.
“This partnership with RUSH affirms Franciscan Health’s commitment to providing patients with cutting-edge treatments and university-level care close to home,” said Franciscan Alliance CEO Kevin Leahy. “RUSH’s expertise and access to clinical treatments combined with Franciscan’s new state-of-the-art facilities and compassionate care create a team that can tackle a patient’s most complex health challenges.”
RUSH and Franciscan have other clinical partnerships, including an arrangement for RUSH neurologists to provide virtual treatment for stroke patients presenting to Franciscan emergency rooms.