The South Bend Clinic and Illinois-based DuPage Medical Group have signed an agreement to develop and expand clinical care delivery.
Organization representatives say the multi-specialty groups will create a hub for regional expansion that will increase access to affordable, patient-centric, physician-directed and coordinated care, while deepening investment in local services and programs that meet the health care needs of patients across Illinois and Indiana.
“This first-of-its-kind agreement will allow us to serve more patients and communities and address their needs by delivering the most progressive care possible,” said Steve Nelson, CEO of DuPage Medical Group. “Our partnership with The South Bend Clinic builds on our purpose-driven vision to transform healthcare by creating new pipelines for collaboration that empowers our physicians and associates to reimagine the delivery of care.”
DuPage Medical Group and The South Bend Clinic will invest in transformational infrastructure and technology, expand in-network capabilities, advance progression to value-based care, and deliver on shared efforts to increase care access, education, service, and charitable giving to their local communities.
“We are excited about this transformative opportunity to partner with DuPage Medical Group to evolve and expand as an independent physician group and further our mission to provide high quality and affordable care options for our community,” said Kelly Macken-Marble, CEO of The South Bend Clinic. “Together, we will drive increased collaboration and coordination that enhances the patient experience and helps ensure continued success and professional growth for our physicians and staff.”
DuPage Medical Group will continue to be led by Steve Nelson as CEO and Dr. Paul Merrick as clinical board chair. Kelly Macken-Marble will remain CEO of The South Bend Clinic and will join the DuPage Medical Group’s senior management team as regional CEO. Dr. Brad Scott, chair of The South Bend Clinical board will continue in his leadership role.
DuPage Medical Group, and The South Bend Clinic will have local clinical boards to oversee quality of care and clinical best practices, leveraging shared capabilities and infrastructure to create a consistent and distinctive patient experience across both organizations.
DuPage Medical Group formed in 1999. Today it has more than 700 physicians and more than 4,500 employees.
The South Bend Clinic was founded in 1916 and has nearly 170 providers and 11 locations.