Aurora and Advocate close merger

Combined organization now the 10th largest U.S. nonprofit health care system


Advocate Aurora Health Care has officially launched.

The merger of Milwaukee-based Aurora Health Care and Downers Grove, Illinois-based Advocate Health Care closed April 1.

Co-CEOs Nick Turkal and Jim Skogsbergh announced the launch of the new combined organization in an email to employees Monday morning.

The combined system, now the 10th largest nonprofit health care system in the United States, operates 27 hospitals and has about 3,300 physicians and 70,000 employees. The organization is maintaining dual headquarters in Downers Grove and Milwaukee.

“This is truly an exciting and monumental day for Advocate Aurora Health,” Turkal said. “Our similarities make us strong, but it’s our differences that really made us extraordinary partners. Driven by a common purpose to help millions of people live well, together we will scale innovation, expand access to world-class expertise and deliver on the promise of value for those who provide, receive and pay for care.”

“… Advocate Aurora Health will set a new standard for clinical outcomes and lead the way in consumer experience, making health care more affordable for the patients and communities who count on us,” Skogsbergh said.

Advocate Aurora Health recently announced its executive leadership team, with Turkal and Skogsbergh serving as co-CEOs. The system has  a single board of directors with an equal number of members from Advocate and Aurora.

A new Advocate Aurora Health website went live Monday.

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