A new name is now in effect at Sherman Health, which has officially joined Advocate Health Care system, the largest health care system in the state.
From now on, the Elgin-based hospital will be known as Advocate Sherman Hospital. The merger closed Saturday and full integration of the two systems is expected to conclude within two years, according to a news release.
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Physicians and patients won't see new signage at the hospital's campus until mid-June. Meanwhile, signs bearing the new name should start popping up on Sherman's other facilities within the next six to 12 months.
Sherman will also launch a one- to two-year marketing and public relations campaign to promote the new name.
In May, the Illinois Health Facilities Services and Review Board approved the merger between Sherman Health and Oak Brook-based Advocate by a unanimous vote, giving them the green light to join forces.
As part of the merger, Advocate, also one of the largest health care providers in the Midwest, made a $200 million commitment to Sherman. Sherman will use the cash infusion to grow its regional presence and to continue offering the services the community needs now and in the future, Sherman spokeswoman Tonya Lucchetti-Hudson said.