St. Anthony's Health Center
ALTON — The Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George from Saint Anthony’s Health System announced yesterday that they received Canonical Approval from the Vatican on their affiliation with OSF Healthcare System.
The two systems announced in March their intent to affiliate.
The approval from Rome moves Saint Anthony’s closer to finalizing the affiliation, targeting a closing date of Oct. 31. Over the last several months, a number of approvals have been acquired, including a Certificate of Exemption (COE) from the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board, Saint Anthony’s President and CEO Sister M. Mikela said.
“Just as the COE from the state was pivotal to meeting the requirement for civil law, this Canonical Approval is required to adhere to the requirements of canon (church) law,” she said.
“This is truly an exciting time for our health care families,” Mikela said.
The affiliation with one of the largest integrated health care systems in Illinois would give Saint Anthony’s and the surrounding communities access to enhanced high-quality health care close to home, hospital officials say. Saint Anthony’s Health System includes Saint Anthony’s Health Center at No. 1 Saint Anthony’s Way and Saint Clare’s Hospital at 915 E. Fifth St. in Alton.
Saint Anthony’s sponsor, the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George, based in Alton, and the OSF sponsor, the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, based in Peoria, originate from the same region in Germany and share similar missions within the health care ministry.
Once completed, the Alton facilities would be named OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center and OSF Saint Clare’s Hospital.