Amita Health Splits In Move That Impacts Melrose Park Mental Health Center 

Saturday, October 23, 2021 || By Local News Curat0r || @maywoodnews 

Amita Health, one of the largest health care providers in the state, is splitting up, multiple media outlets announced last week. 

“AdventHealth and Ascension have decided to unwind the partnership under which they’ve been operating Amita Health, which has 19 hospitals in Illinois,” the Chicago Tribune reported on Oct. 21. “Some of the hospitals will operate under AdventHealth and others under Ascension.” 

The move comes during the same year that what was formerly known as the Proviso Township Mental Health Center marks its 50th anniversary. Over time, the center was subject to multiple rounds of consolidation.

In 1982, the center changed its name to Proviso Family Services, or ProCare Centers for short. In 2000, the center was acquired by Resurrection Health Center, a traditional medical hospital. Roughly a decade later, Resurrection and Provena merged to form Presence Health. In 2018, Presence was acquired by Ascension’s Alexian Brothers Health System and integrated into Amita Health System.

With the consolidations, what started as a single center 50 years ago grew into one of the largest community-based mental health outpatient programs in the state. Amita Presence Behavioral Health still maintains its main health center at 1414 Main Street in Melrose Park. 

The Amita Presence Behavioral Health center at 1414 Main Street in Melrose Park. | File 

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In a statement released Thursday, Amita Health officials said that “leaders of both 

sponsoring organizations have determined that going forward separately is in their collective best interest in order to more nimbly meet the changing needs and expectations of consumers in the rapidly evolving health care environment.” 

The Tribune reported that Amita explained that “there will be no disruption to patient care during the transition,” but added that an Amita spokesperson did not comment Thursday on “what would happen to the Amita name, when exactly the changes will take place or whether jobs or services will be affected.” 

The Tribune reported that “under the new plan, sites that were formerly part of Alexian Brothers Health System and Presence Health will be integrated with Ascension, according to an Amita Health announcement. Other sites will be part of AdventHealth.” 

That means that, presumably, Amita’s main health center in Melrose Park will be integrated with Ascension, a “Catholic health system with 142 hospitals in 19 states and the District of Columbia.”

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