Representatives of Perry Memorial Hospital, the City of Princeton, and OSF HealthCare met for the first time on Tuesday, August 20 to begin the conversation on partnership options. Discussion began as each organization shared its goals, and provided an explanation of why each party was interested in a more defined relationship. Having similar and definable goals is an important first step in considering whether a partnership would be feasible.
Perry and the City of Princeton together have the goal to maintain and grow quality health care services, to sustain services over the long run, to benefit Princeton and the surrounding communities economically, and to improve care through access to technology. OSF representatives also shared they have a desire to keep local health care services available with an organization that is positive, high quality, and has the desire to work closely with the community.
Management agreement approaches with a range of options were discussed. A list of specific services beneficial to Perry and the community were reviewed and prioritized. The next step includes reviewing model options, which will take up to 90 days to complete and will be replicated for each partnership option explored by the Perry/City and OSF representative teams.
“Our first meeting was productive,” said Annette Schnabel, DPT, MBA, FACHE, President and CEO of Perry Memorial Hospital. “We look forward to continuing our conversations on partnership options to best meet our communities of Bureau, Marshall, and Putnam Counties’ future health care needs.”
Conversations are ongoing and updates will be provided monthly through local media outlets.