Letters to the Editor

Strategy for the best health care

You may have heard about our discussions to affiliate with BJC HealthCare. We are excited about the opportunities to enrich the quality care, services and community investments for Belleville and the communities we serve.

Memorial’s commitment to our patients and community is unwavering. Aligning with a nationally recognized provider like BJC allows us to remain strong for generations to come.

As stewards of people’s health care, we believe it is our responsibility to be an industry leader by staying ahead of change. We must be innovative in our approach, be accountable for patient outcomes, do more with less and ensure access to the very best care is available to all.

The proposed strategic affiliation brings together the best of what each of us has to offer: the high-quality care and resources people deserve and the local expertise they have come to expect and depend on from Memorial.

BJC’s reputation for research, physician training and specialty care is renowned. We share a common vision that focuses on coordination and innovation.

These discussions were not entered into lightly. We have been deliberate in our review and will continue to do so as we explore this opportunity further. Throughout this process, our patients, employees, physicians, volunteers and the community remain our top priority.

For nearly 60 years, Memorial has called Belleville home. We are proud to know people not just as our patients but also as our neighbors, friends and supporters. We look forward to serving the entire region for many years to come.

Mark J. Turner

President and CEO

Memorial Group Inc.