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The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center Partner to Provide World-Class Rehabilitation Services to Indiana

February 19, 2007

CHICAGO, Feb. 19 /PRNewswire/ — The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) and Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) of South Bend, IN, announced today a strategic partnership that will expand access to world-class physical medicine and rehabilitation services to the citizens of north central Indiana.

This partnership marks two important milestones for the two health systems. SJRMC will be the only health care system in the region to offer RIC’s full spectrum of physical medicine and rehabilitation within both acute and post-acute care, including medical-surgical rehabilitation, inpatient rehabilitation, long-term acute care and outpatient rehabilitation. In addition, this is the first extension of RIC’s world-class services outside of the state of Illinois, as part of its long-term growth strategy.

SJRMC, a member of Trinity Health, serves more than one million people in the Michiana market, including north central Indiana and southwest Michigan that touches eight counties and geographically touching both states.

“Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center is proud to work with the world- renowned Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago to provide comprehensive rehabilitation care to the Michiana communities,” said Nancy R. Hellyer, Saint Joseph’s President and CEO. “This partnership is a tremendous honor that speaks volumes about our ability to provide first-rate quality care to north central Indiana. RIC truly understands Saint Joseph’s commitment to bring world-class health care services home to the people of Michiana.”

The “Michiana” market has an expected five-year population growth of more than 12 percent for adults 65 years and older, the market segment currently the largest users of rehabilitation services.

SJRMC is the leading health care provider in north central Indiana with three acute care hospitals, one long term acute facility and one free standing outpatient surgery center. It also is the region’s largest network of primary care physicians.

RIC, the recognized leader in rehabilitation patient care, research, education and advocacy for people with disabilities, has been ranked the “Best Rehabilitation Hospital in America” by U.S. News & World Report for 16 consecutive years, will deliver services throughout the three SJRMC campuses including a 26-bed inpatient rehabilitation facility and long-term acute care hospital.

“This partnership is a significant step forward in RIC’s long-term growth strategy to export our world-class rehabilitation care to communities that clearly demonstrate a need for it in partnership with leading healthcare providers.” said Joanne C. Smith, M.D., president and CEO of RIC. “Like RIC, Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center is the best of its kind. Together, not only will we advance the standard of rehabilitation care in the Michiana region, but also we will take an important step toward achieving our vision to make a difference in the lives for people with disabilities.”

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago will manage rehabilitation services at the following locations:

   -- Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center-South Bend      801 E. LaSalle Ave. South Bend, IN 46617   -- Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center-Mishawaka      215 W. Fourth Street Mishawaka, IN 46544   -- Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center-Plymouth      1915 Lake Ave. Plymouth, IN 46563    About Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center  

For nearly 124 years, world class, faith based care located close to home has been found at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center. Our experienced and dedicated physicians and staff provide comprehensive care using the most advanced technology and procedures available. Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center is comprised of three acute care hospitals in South Bend, Mishawaka, and Plymouth as well as Our Lady of Peace long-term care hospital in South Bend, the largest hospital based physician network in Michiana and multiple outpatient facilities located in 2 counties. As part of Trinity Health, Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center is committed to improving the health of our communities and healing the body, mind and spirit. For additional information, please visit http://www.sjmed.com/.

About the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago is dedicated to helping people with all levels and types of physical disabilities live a fulfilling life. U.S. News & World Report has ranked RIC the #1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America every year since 1991. RIC operates a flagship hospital in Chicago as well as a network of day rehabilitation and outpatient centers located throughout the city and surrounding suburbs. It also maintains strategic alliances with other healthcare providers throughout the state of Illinois. For more information, visit the RIC website at http://www.ric.org/.

   For More Information:   Mike Stack                             Katie Lorenz   Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center   Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago   574-472-6904                           312-238-6019   stackm@sjrmc.com                       klorenz@ric.org  

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago; Saint Joseph Regional

CONTACT: Mike Stack of Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center,+1-574-472-6904, stackm@sjrmc.com, or Katie Lorenz of Rehabilitation Instituteof Chicago, +1-312-238-6019, klorenz@ric.org

Web site: http://www.ric.org/http://www.sjmed.com/




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