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Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and Lake Forest Hospital Sign Affiliation Agreement
Date:9/22/2009

CHICAGO, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Lake Forest Hospital and Northwestern Memorial HealthCare announced today that they have signed an affiliation agreement to form an integrated healthcare system. Lake Forest Hospital will become a subsidiary of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, the corporate parent of Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

"The pairing of our academic medical center with such a respected community hospital will greatly benefit our patients at both campuses," said Dean M. Harrison, president and chief executive officer, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare. "The affiliation between Northwestern Memorial and Lake Forest Hospital will enable better access to care, clinical trials, new and expanded services and the latest technologies for patients in Lake and Cook Counties and the surrounding regions."

Northwestern Memorial, along with the Feinberg School of Medicine, also looks forward to the participation and engagement of the medical staff at Lake Forest Hospital as we create this new health system. "We value the community physicians at Lake Forest and recognize the important role they play in their respective communities," added Harrison.

"Once affiliated, Northwestern Memorial and Lake Forest Hospital will offer patients integrated primary, secondary and advanced tertiary services that are currently not broadly available," said Thomas J. McAfee, Lake Forest Hospital's president and chief executive officer. "We are excited about the possibilities this affiliation will provide our area residents, employees and physicians."

Northwestern Memorial and Lake Forest Hospital expect to close the affiliation following receipt of the necessary federal and state approvals. This process could take several months.

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Lake Forest Hospital is a 215-bed community hospital staffed by 650 board-
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