Proctor Healthcare restructuring

By Denise Jackson

February 27, 2013 Updated Feb 27, 2013 at 8:18 PM CDT

PEORIA,IL--A big change could reshape the healthcare landscape in Central Illinois. Proctor Healthcare is downsizing.

Proctor Healthcare CEO Paul Macek confirms they are in talks to sell primary care services to OSF St. Francis Healthcare, due to decreases in medicare reimbursements from the federal government. Macek stresses the sale will not disrupt or impact current patient services with the primary care doctors.

"The whole purpose of this is to make sure that we preserve access to these important primary care physicians here in the community so we don't want to do anything that's going to disrupt that. We don't want to do anything that's going to confuse people about access to their doctor," he said.

Proctor has 17 Primary care physicians, mainly located in Bartonville, Morton, at one office at the hospital's main campus in Peoria, and five First Care Centers. Macek said there will not be any loss of the jobs under the restructuring. OSF, which currently has about 64 primary care doctors, will add 17 more to its staff in addition to the more than 100 employees currently working at Proctor.

"Future state you know is undetermined right now, the world's challenged. We're not sure exactly how this integration will continue going forward," said Dr. Gerald McShane of OSF Healthcare.

The timeline for finalizing the transfer of primary care services could take up to 60 days. As for whether or not the name changes or remains the same is unclear.

In the meantime attorneys for both parties are trying to work out logistics to ensure that Proctor's brand of primary care service will go on as usual during the transition.

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