October 2, 2020 – Advocate Aurora Health (Chicago, IL) and Beaumont Health (Chicago, IL) have mutually agreed to end partnership discussions. The news comes just five months after the two systems announced the signing of a non-binding letter of intent to merge.
Discussions of the potential merger began in late 2019 but were put on hold earlier this year as COVID-19 accelerated across the Midwest.
“We continue to have a very high regard for Advocate Aurora Health,” said John Fox, president and CEO, Beaumont Health. “But, at this time, we want to focus on our local market priorities and the physicians, nurses and staff who provide compassionate, extraordinary care every day.”
“We have great respect for Beaumont Health and we continue to believe scale will play a critical role in advancing quality, accelerating transformation and reducing cost in the healthcare world of tomorrow,” said Jim Skogsbergh, president and CEO, Advocate Aurora Health.