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Blessing Health System to form partnership with BJC Collaborative

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Blessing Health System announced that it will become part of the BJC Collaborative in an effort to improve the quality of care in the area.

The BJC Collaborative is a partnership that originated in October 2012 among health care systems Illinois, Missouri and eastern Kansas.  

"The decisions we make, the processes we put together revolve around the interest and best needs of the patient," said Blessing Health System CEO Brad Billings.

Billings says, sometimes the hospital needs to transport patients to St. Louis or Springfield, Illinois medical facilities, to receive specialized care.

The other health systems involved in the BJC Collaborative include:

"Stroke patients who basically have experienced significant stroke that we can't handle here, we move out," said Billings.

Billings says Blessing's new partnership with BJC Collaborative will make those transfers seamless.

"We're going to elevate the quality of care in this community because with connections to these great medical resources," said Billings.

The relocating of patients is something BJC HealthCare President Sandra VanTrease says is a main focus of the partnership.  

"Because we are local in this region, we work with each other when people need access that maybe we don't locally provide," explained VanTrease.

One of those assets is the sharing of medical tests. VanTrease says now systems in the BJC Collaborative will be able to share CT Scans, instead of having the patient take one at each medical facility.  

"Health care is important to every citizen in our communities and our role, as leaders, is to make it as safe, as effective, as efficient, as accessible as we can."

(See "WHIG: Blessing aligns with BJC Collaborative")

Blessing Health System CEO Brad Billings said that Blessing is the first health system to be invited to participate in the BJC Collaborative. The membership will also include physicians of Illini Community Hospital in Pittsfield.

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