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Advocate Aurora Health and Atrium Health to Combine

Advocate Aurora Health and Atrium Health have announced plans to come together, creating one leading academic health system to best meet patients' needs – redefining how, when and where care is delivered. The organizations cited their complementary strengths, diverse experiences and enhanced capabilities as key enablers to improve lives.

A Message from Eugene A. Woods, President and CEO of Atrium Health

Infographic: Advocate Aurora Health and Atrium Health together will have: 5.5 million unique patients, 148 thousand teammates, 7.6 physicians 18.5 thousand nurses, 1 thousand ambulatory locations, 67 hospitals, 27.1 billion revenue.

Combined Doing More. Better. Faster.

The new organization will have a combined footprint across Illinois, Wisconsin, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama. It will serve 5.5 million patients, operate more than 1,000 sites of care and 67 hospitals, employ more than 7,600 physicians and nearly 150,000 teammates and have combined revenues of more than $27 billion.

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Our Leaders

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Advocate Aurora Health has a well-earned reputation as a national leader in diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as its value-based approach to care that has led to better outcomes and more affordable health care. We share a bold vision for the future as we aspire to create a consumer-first system aimed at improving the lives of individuals across the diverse communities we serve.

Edward J. Brown III, Chair of Atrium Health’s Board of Directors

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We’ve long admired Atrium Health’s nationally recognized clinical excellence and commitment to health equity. Given our combined reach, coupled with our talented physicians, nurses and staff, we are uniquely positioned to lead health care’s transformation and create a platform for innovation.

Michele Richardson, Chair of Advocate Aurora Health’s Board of Directors

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The world of healthcare as we know it is changing at warp speed – and it is rapidly becoming more digital, personalized, scientific and complex. This strategic combination will enable us to deepen our commitments to health equity, create more jobs and opportunities for our teammates and communities, launch new game-changing innovations and so much more. Together, we will manifest a new future that significantly elevates the care we provide to every hand we hold and every life we touch.

Eugene A. Woods, President and CEO of Atrium Health

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Together, we can do more, be better and go faster. This combination harnesses our complementary strengths and expertise of our doctors, nurses and teammates to lead health care’s transformation for those we are so proud to serve.

Jim Skogsbergh, President and CEO of Advocate Aurora Health

Frequently Asked Questions

Health care continues to change at a rapid pace, with the pandemic identifying opportunities in our care delivery as a whole. The evolving digital world, workforce pressures, cost challenges and health inequities all underscore the need to transform. We believe that together, we can do more, be better and go faster. Our complementary strengths, diverse experiences and enhanced capabilities will enable us to reimagine health and well-being, advance health equity and improve the lives of individuals, communities and teammates.

Our combination will require regulatory review. Given the geographic separation of the combined entities, along with the fact that assets will remain within our respective organizations and states, we are hoping for timely review. We will keep you updated on our progress.

We do not plan to reduce our overall workforce. In fact, we are pledging to create 20,000 jobs across our communities. These jobs will be both direct and indirect, meaning roles within our organization and across our communities. We project increased needs across clinical, population health and biomedical roles, as well as more opportunities in design, construction, workforce development and education – to name just a few. The new roles within our community will be created as a result of our increased economic activity. We work in a dynamic industry and thus will continue to evaluate the most efficient and affordable way to meet the needs of our patients.

Our teammates are committed to caring for our patients, communities and each other. We expect that our teammates will benefit from enhanced learning opportunities, diverse experiences and more career path options given the expanded scope of our combined organization.

We are confident this will offer many advantages to our patients, as our combined capabilities will strengthen our position to invest in the overall health and well-being of the communities we serve. We will create a leading health and wellness delivery system without geographic boundaries, resulting in improved access and better outcomes at a lower cost.

Charlotte will become the official headquarters. The new entity will maintain a strong organizational presence in Chicago and Milwaukee.

The combined organization will be known as Advocate Health. The Atrium Health and Advocate Aurora brands will also continue to be used in their respective local markets. Wake Forest University School of Medicine will be the academic core of the combined entity.

Atrium Health’s President and CEO, Eugene A. Woods, and Advocate Aurora’s CEO, Jim Skogsbergh, will serve as co-CEOs for the first 18 months, at which point Jim will retire and Gene will become the sole CEO.

We will establish an integration team that will build upon the strengths and diversity of both organizations. We are focused on the best interests of our patients and the communities we are privileged to serve.