NorthShore University HealthSystem and Edward-Elmhurst Health to Merge

Organizations strengthen commitment to community-connected healthcare with community investment fund contributions totaling $200 million

JP Gallagher (left) and Mary Lou Mastro
J.P. Gallagher (left) and Mary Lou Mastro.

NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) and Edward-Elmhurst Health announced today, September 8, 2021, their intention to merge the two healthcare systems under a new parent system, pending regulatory approval. Together, the organizations will extend their focus on community-connected, expert care while serving as a best place to work, learn, practice and receive care.

“NorthShore and Edward-Elmhurst Health share a vision of delivering expanded access to a transformative, differentiated patient care experience,” remarked J.P. Gallagher, President and CEO of NorthShore. “By working together, we will connect patients and communities to personalized care, advanced clinical solutions and innovative technologies through improved access, expertise and services.”




Building upon a long legacy of connection to their communities, the organizations have also announced the creation of two community investment funds, with each organization committing $100 million to their respective communities. These funds will each generate millions of dollars in annual interest that will be used to make a direct impact. The funds will be used to support partnerships with organizations working to enhance community health equity and well-being and advance local economic growth.

“NorthShore’s approach is aligned with Edward-Elmhurst in so many ways,” explained Mary Lou Mastro, President and CEO of Edward-Elmhurst Health. “We share values and a vision for the future that gives us a strong foundation to create a needed regional alternative offering vibrant, community-connected healthcare. We look forward to working with our staff and clinical partners in transforming the future of healthcare through their expertise, compassion and commitment.”




When complete, the combined organization will include 25,000 team members, serve an area with over 4.2 million residents and bring together the collaborative expertise of more than 6,000 best-in-class physicians through an expansive geographic network of nine hospitals and more than 300 ambulatory facilities throughout the region.

Together, the two organizations are poised for growth in several highly ranked services such as orthopedics, cardiology, obstetrics and behavioral health. They intend to maintain existing physician and medical groups, ensuring physicians remain the key clinical decision-makers and are supported by leading edge equipment, research and innovation opportunities and Magnet-level nursing care. With a broader clinical network, care will be available when and where patients need it, seamlessly connected
throughout the system.




NorthShore and Edward-Elmhurst Health expect to close the transaction later this year, pending regulatory review and approval. The new organization, comprised of two regions – NorthShore and Edward-Elmhurst – will be led by J.P. Gallagher as President and CEO and governed by a single board of directors with representation from NorthShore, Edward-Elmhurst, Swedish Hospital and Northwest Community Hospital board members. Mary Lou Mastro will join the executive team of the new organization, maintaining leadership as CEO of the Edward-Elmhurst region.

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NorthShore University HealthSystem

NorthShore is an integrated healthcare delivery system consistently ranked as a Top 15 Major Teaching Hospital in the U.S.

Headquartered in Evanston, NorthShore comprises six hospitals and serves 2.2 million residents in Chicago and the north and northwest suburbs:

Evanston Hospital (Level I Trauma), Glenbrook Hospital (Glenview), Highland Park Hospital, Northwest Community Hospital (Arlington Heights), Skokie Hospital and Swedish Hospital (Chicago).

NorthShore has 1,630 beds and sees 217,000 ER visits and 9,300 births annually.

The organization supports academics and research as the principal teaching affiliate for the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.

Recognized for nursing excellence, the NorthShore system has been honored with the prestigious magnet designation for 11 years.

The system also includes the NorthShore Research Institute, NorthShore Foundation and NorthShore Home & Hospice Services.

NorthShore provides more than $205 million in charitable care and services to the communities it serves and is committed to supporting programs for underserved populations, such as women’s health, food insecurity, and education and scholarship programs.

Clinical Institutes: Orthopaedic, Cardiovascular, Kellogg Cancer Center, Neurological, Center for Personalized Medicine. These institutes combine subspecialty expertise, innovative technology, leading edge informatics, and clinical research to provide coordinated and comprehensive healthcare.

Healthy Driven Edward-Elmhurst Health

Edward-Elmhurst Health (EEH) is a three-hospital system that’s been recognized as a Top 15 Health System three years in a row.

EEH includes Edward Hospital (Level II Trauma) and Linden Oaks Behavioral Health (Naperville), and Elmhurst Hospital (Level II Trauma).

EEH has an extensive ambulatory network – more than 60 locations – serving 1.7 million residents in Chicago’s west and southwest suburbs.

EEH has 736 beds and sees 152,000 ER visits and 5,800 births annually.

Edward Hospital and Elmhurst Hospital are recognized as Magnet hospitals for nursing excellence.

Working with the community, Edward Foundation and Elmhurst Memorial Hospital Foundation provide financial support for EEH’s healthcare initiatives, programs and services.

EEH provided more than $123 million in community benefit in 2020, including donations, community education, research, charity care and subsidized health services.

EEH provides advanced cardiac care, state-of-the-art cancer diagnosis and treatment, world-class stroke care, innovative orthopedic procedures and care for critically ill newborns.

Through Linden Oaks, EEH is committed to providing comprehensive behavioral health services for a wide range of conditions and disorders.

By the Numbers (combined)

9 Hospitals

2,370 beds

120,000 admissions

1,000,000 patients

25,000 employees

300+ sites of care

6,000 physician partners

Second-largest Physician Group in Illinois