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Fewer patient admissions a symptom of healthcare 'transformation,' study says

Chicago Sun-Times, March 24, 2014

In announcing its plan Thursday to sell Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center to a new buyer, Presence Health cited financial challenges in part due to fewer people being admitted to the Catholic hospital. That certainly isn't a problem unique to Our Lady of the Resurrection. Patient admissions are down across the region, according to an online report by the journal Health Affairs, part of what the report cites as a "transformation" in health care. Figures from 2010 show that 71 Chicago-area hospitals covering seven counties discharged about 1.02 million patients; by 2012, that number had dropped about 5 percent, to 970,000 discharges, according to the January report.