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Southern Illinois Healthcare Partners With BJC Collaborative

Southern Illinois Healthcare in Carbondale has joined the BJC Collaborative, a loose coalition of Midwestern health systems, with the goal of improving the "quality and efficiency of healthcare" throughout the region.

The three-hospital Southern Illinois Healthcare is the sixth system to join the BJC Collaborative since its inception in October 2012. BJC HealthCare in St. Louis, Memorial Health System in Springfield, Ill., Saint Luke's Health System in Kansas City, Mo., and CoxHealth in Springfield, Mo., were the founding members.

All members of the coalition remain independent. However, hospitals and health systems within BJC Collaborative partner on access to clinical programs and services, supply chain and other areas that will lower their healthcare costs and benefit their respective patients and communities.

"Southern Illinois Healthcare has taken a bold step in the rapidly changing face of healthcare and aligned itself with an excellent group of healthcare providers," Southern Illinois Healthcare President and CEO Rex Budde said in a news release. "This relationship is powerful. It provides Southern Illinois Healthcare with access to the shared expertise of the Collaborative partners to work together on population health management and adapt to changes coming out of managed care."

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