KEWANEE (WIFR) -- Today the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board approved the Certificate of Exemption (COE) application of OSF Healthcare System for a change of ownership of Kewanee Hospital. When asked to comment on the Planning Board’s decision, Kevin Schoeplein, CEO of OSF Healthcare System stated, “We are appreciative of the Review Board’s approval of our COE application. We are gratified by the level of support received for this endeavor from our medical staffs, including independent physicians who serve our patients and the community and from business leaders and our elected officials. We all share a vision for the future of transforming health care to improve the lives of those we serve. ”
The planned integration of Kewanee Hospital into OSF Healthcare System can now be finalized. Kewanee Hospital will become OSF Saint Luke Medical Center on April 2, 2014 during a blessing and dedication ceremony that will be officiated by the Most Reverend Bishop Daniel R. Jenky.
Lynn Fulton, Kewanee Hospital CEO, expressed her appreciation noting, “Kewanee Hospital is committed to providing quality health care services to our community. Our team is very excited about the affiliation with OSF Healthcare System and what it means for our patients. We believe that together we are better positioned to provide for the needs of our patients far into the future.”
Last Friday the Board of Trustees at Kewanee Hospital met with leaders from OSF Healthcare System to choose a new name for the hospital. Sister Diane Marie, O.S.F., President of OSF Healthcare System, led the team through a thought provoking presentation. The Board voted and chose the name of OSF Saint Luke Medical Center as the new name for Kewanee Hospital upon joining OSF.
“The process for choosing the name was very special to our board and our executive team,” stated Lynn Fulton. “It was an opportunity for OSF to share an important part of their Ministry with Kewanee Hospital as well as highlight our new future as part of the OSF Healthcare System.”
The board along with OSF believes that OSF Saint Luke Medical Center is a meaningful name for the hospital as well as for the Kewanee community. The team chose the name Saint Luke because of its link to health care and strong history. Many know Saint Luke as the Patron Saint of Physicians.