St. James Hospitals No Longer for Sale

Franciscan Health will hold onto the Olympia Fields and Chicago Heights campuses.

St. James Medical Center in Chicago Heights
St. James Medical Center in Chicago Heights

The hospitals in Olympia Fields and Chicago Heights are no longer for sale, reports Crain's Chicago Business.

Employees were told on Monday, a spokesman for Franciscan St. James Health told Crain's.

"Our decision to put Franciscan St. James on the market was a painful one for us, and we are thrilled to be able to tell the community today that St. James is no longer for sale," Kevin Leahy, president and CEO of Franciscan Alliance, said in a memo to employees. "The turnaround by Franciscan St. James in the last nine months has been nothing short of miraculous, and the sisters are eager to be able to continue their ministry in the south suburbs."

Franciscan Alliance rejected one suitor, whom CEO Arnie Kimmel declined to identify.

"Once Franciscan Alliance determined that it wasn't going to be able to get together on a definite purchase agreement with the bidder, it gave them the opportunity to step back and say, well, wait a minute. That deal isn't going to work. We know that. We've got a choice," Kimmel said.

The two hospitals are now operating on a break-even basis, he said.

About 125 employees were laid off last year at the 158-bed hospital in Olympia Fields and the 312-bed hospital in Chicago Heights.

» via Crain's Chicago Business

Andy May 14, 2014 at 08:03 AM
Still not returning back to them for healthcare or employment. Not until they have improve on their service to customers.
David May 14, 2014 at 01:34 PM
I recently had issues that unfortunately resulted in the need for surgery. Over the last three weeks I had various services done at both the Olympia Fields campus and the Chicago Heights campus, and I was treated very well at both locations, with a lot of kindness and attention.
Deb Hartung May 14, 2014 at 03:51 PM
I have received great care at both of the St. James locations as well.
Andy May 14, 2014 at 09:33 PM
Compare how I was treated as a volunteer and how they showed special treatment to another volunteer who serves as a runner at the Olympia Fields location who was hostile towards everyone who crossed his path. Is why I feel that way towards them.
Joanne Houston-fath May 18, 2014 at 06:23 PM
Gotta go where my primary care doctor works out of..are they a great hospital?..um no... Are they a good hospital? Good enough..how good do you really have to be to take someone, somewhere to die?


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