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Sinai Health System Announces Changes at Holy Cross Hospital


Transformation Efforts Address Community Needs and Financial Challenges




October 21, 2019


CHICAGO, IL – Sinai Health System (“Sinai”) is making several operational changes at Holy Cross Hospital designed to address market trends and financial challenges and “right-size” the system to make it stronger meet the long-term needs of the community. The moves involve a temporary suspension of obstetric servies, including labor and delivery of new babies, as well as restructured inpatient services at Holy Cross Hospital.


“All hospitals are looking at how to transform care delivery and responsibly allocate resources to address changing patient needs,” said Karen Teitelbaum, President and CEO of Sinai Health System. “At Holy Cross Hospital, we have seen fewer births, as well as changes in demand for critical care and telemetry beds, so we are making changes in our programs and services to address those needs.”


Sinai is temporarily suspending OB/GYN services at Holy Cross Hospital starting November 1st. This decision is driven by consistently low volumes in this unit, where Holy Cross is now averaging less than one delivery per day at its Family Birthing Center. OB/GYN services -- including Level III neonatal intensive care and maternity care recognized by the Illinois Perinatal Collaborative for Excellence and Blue Cross BlueShield’s “Blue Distinction” awards -- will continue to be provided at Mount Sinai Hospital.


Additionally, Sinai is moving to improve efficiency of inpatient services to address existing patient volumes, consolidating medical/surgical and telemetry units to one 70-bed floor at Holy Cross Hospital from the existing two. Sinai will use the same approach for the critical care units at Holy Cross Hospital as well, consolidating from two 10-bed units to a single 10-bed unit.


The system is also looking at opportunities to creatively market and lease out available space at Holy Cross Hospital for other health care providers offering acute care services. Better utilization of existing space will provide additional health care options for patients seeking a variety of services.


“We are making these changes after a thorough assessment of the demand for specific services in our community,” said Airica Steed, Executive Vice President and COO of Sinai Health System. “Holy Cross Hospital will continue to have the critical care and telemetry beds needed to provide access and quality care for the community, along with excellent OB/GYN services available at Mount Sinai Hospital.”


In June, Sinai launched a transformation effort focused on both short and long term strategies to establish and ensure financial security, enhance patient experience and quality, and position the organization for growth in a rapidly-changing market.


“These changes at Holy Cross Hospital will improve our operational efficiency and also improve the quality of care we provide for our patients, with a better integration of services and a more effective use of resources,” said Steed. “While these are never easy decisions, they are the choices we need to make in order to responsibly and effectively serve our patients’ needs, both today and in the future”


Sinai previously announced that it has stopped reviewing subacute therapy referrals at Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital in October via a temporary suspension application with the State of Illinois in the wake of new federal Medicare reimbursement rules. The existing subacute space will be redesigned to accommodate a move to all private patient rooms with enhanced visitor capabilities. Plans are also in development for specialty areas such as a secure brain injury unit with its own gym, as well as options for stroke and spinal cord injury units. These upgrades will enable Schwab Rehabilitation to compete better in the marketplace on critical items that influence patient choice.


“We’re transforming across Sinai Health System to best deliver care in a changing environment in Illinois, identifying challenges as well as opportunities, and moving quickly to address needs and take advantage of possibilities. While change is challenging, it is really all about better outcomes for our caregivers and our community,” said Teitelbaum.





About Sinai Health System

Sinai Health System, a Chicago-based private, not-for-profit organization, is comprised of seven member organizations: Mount Sinai Hospital, Holy Cross Hospital, Sinai Children’s Hospital, Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital, Sinai Medical Group, Sinai Community Institute and Sinai Urban Health Institute. The system has over 800 physicians on its hospital medical staffs, 654 licensed beds, 100,000+ annual emergency department patient visits and eight physician residency training programs. For more information, visit