Left: New signage featuring the co-branded name is displayed at UChicago Medicine AdventHealth GlenOaks. Right: AdventHealth Great Lakes Region team members celebrated the affiliation on Jan. 10. [PHOTO CREDIT: Bruce Powell, Bruce Powell Photography]

April 3, 2023

AdventHealth, UChicago Medicine Launch Joint Venture to Expand Health Services in Chicago

The start of 2023 brought a new beginning for AdventHealth Great Lakes Region with the launch of a new joint venture with the University of Chicago Medicine.

Known as UChicago Medicine AdventHealth, this joint venture combines the expertise and resources of both organizations to bring academic-level medicine to Chicago’s western suburbs. 

“With the launch of this affiliation, we are blessed to continue to build on the rich legacy of whole-person care and further our mission and commitment to making these communities healthier for years to come,” said Terry Shaw, president and CEO for AdventHealth. 

Under the joint venture, UChicago Medicine acquired a controlling interest in AdventHealth Great Lakes Region, which includes four hospitals in the suburbs of Bolingbrook, Glendale Heights, Hinsdale and La Grange, along with a network of nearly 50 primary and specialty practice locations and two multispecialty outpatient centers. AdventHealth retains the remaining ownership and continues to manage the daily operations of the hospitals and other facilities. Both UChicago Medicine and AdventHealth will maintain their separate system-level governance and administrative structures. 

UChicago Medicine and AdventHealth announced a definitive agreement to affiliate in September 2022. They closed on the transaction at the beginning of 2023 and officially launched the joint venture affiliation on Jan. 10, unveiling its co-branded name and a new marketing campaign. That day, team members and physicians joined special celebrations at each of the four UChicago Medicine AdventHealth hospitals. 

“We wanted to commemorate the start of this new partnership, and build on the excitement we all are feeling,” said Thor Thordarson, president and CEO for AdventHealth Great Lakes Region. “Bringing this high level of specialty care to our local communities means increased access for our patients, which furthers our mission of extending the healing ministry of Christ.” 

New signage featuring the co-branded name was installed at the four hospitals in January. The name builds upon the complementary strengths of the two organizations, including UChicago Medicine’s national reputation as an academic health system and AdventHealth’s focus on delivering outstanding whole-person care, treating body, mind and spirit in community settings. 

In the coming months, medical teams from both UChicago Medicine and AdventHealth Great Lakes Region will work to expand programs and services, recruit more physicians and increase the delivery of quality care.  

“Like us, UChicago Medicine is laser-focused on providing high-quality care and an excellent patient experience,” Thordarson said. “Our joint venture brings together two similar cultures, and we expect tremendous clinical synergies between our two organizations, leading to improved outcomes for our patients.” 

Julie Busch is assistant vice president of Marketing & Communications for the Great Lakes Region of AdventHealth.