Metro-East News

St. Elizabeth’s Hospital will get doctor’s group that’s leaving Memorial

St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon.
St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon. BND file photo

A company that will soon stop providing doctors to Memorial Hospital in Belleville and Shiloh has landed the contract to provide doctors to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon and four other hospitals in the region.

Doctors currently working at St. Elizabeth’s and Memorial hospitals have been invited to remain at their respective hospital groups with the new companies, according to spokeswomen for the metro-east hospitals.

The number of doctors remaining at their respective hospitals has not been released.

Emeryville, Calif.-based Vituity will begin providing physicians and other medical professionals in May and July to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and four other hospitals in Southern Illinois: St. Joseph’s in Breese, St. Joseph’s in Highland, St. Anthony’s Memorial in Effingham and Holy Family Hospital in Greenville. These hospitals are operated by Springfield-based Hospital Sisters Health System.

Vituity had been known as CEP America but the company announced its new name on Tuesday.

Vituity first began providing some services to Memorial Hospital in 2012 and added other services in 2014 and 2016. Its services are scheduled to end this spring.

When Memorial Hospital announced last year that it would no longer use emergency room doctors from Vituity, the impending change sparked an outcry on Memorial’s Facebook page and on calling for the hospital to not change companies.

After Memorial said it would not renew its emergency room contract with the company, which was then called CEP America, the company then told Memorial it would not renew its contract to provide two other types of doctors to Memorial, a hospital spokeswoman said in November.

Memorial said in November it was switching from Vituity to Knoxville, Tenn.-based TeamHealth to provide staffing for the emergency departments at its hospitals in Belleville and Shiloh. This TeamHealth contract had been scheduled to begin on Jan. 1 but Anne Thomure, a spokeswoman for Memorial Hospital, said it is now scheduled to begin this spring.

The Memorial hospitals in Belleville and Shiloh are operated by St. Louis-based BJC HealthCare and TeamHealth provides services to other BJC hospitals, Thomure has said.

Three days after Memorial told Vituity that it was not renewing its contract for emergency room services, Vituity said it would not renew its contract for providing hospitalist and intensivist services, Thomure said in November.

Hospitalists are doctors whose primary job is to care for patients admitted to a hospital and intensivists are doctors who care for critically ill or injured patients in the hospital.

Vituity’s contract to provide hospitalists and intensivists had been scheduled to end Feb. 8, but Thomure said the contract was extended to the end of March and that a replacement service has been arranged but details have not been released publicly.

Vituity is scheduled to begin providing hospitalists and intensivists to St. Elizabeth’s and the other Hospital Sisters Health System’s hospitals in Southern Illinois on May 2. The company is set to begin providing emergency room services on July 18, according to a news release from Vituity and the Southern Illinois Division of Hospital Sisters Health System.

Kelly Barbeau, a spokeswoman for St. Elizabeth’s, said Infinity-Meds currently provides emergency department services to St. Elizabeth’s and the HSHS Medical Group, which is operated by Hospital Sisters Health System, currently provides hospitalists and intensivists to St. Elizabeth’s.

Vituity “was chosen following an extensive review of operational, clinical and financial improvements that could be realized by working with one firm for these three services,” said James Dover, president and CEO of the HSHS Southern Illinois Division, in the news release.

The terms of the Vituity and TeamHealth contracts with St. Elizabeth’s and Memorial hospitals have not been released.

TeamHealth said it has 19,000 clinicians, and Vituity said it has nearly 3,000 doctors and clinicians.