AUBURN, Ind. (WFFT) – DeKalb Health has officially joined Parkview Health. Following a due-diligence period that began in March, the boards of both organizations approved the affiliation in late August, with an Oct. 1 start date.
The Auburn hospital is the sixth community hospital to join Parkview Health and will be named Parkview DeKalb Hospital.
“We’re proud to welcome DeKalb to Parkview Health,” said Mike Packnett, president and CEO, Parkview Health. “Our organizations share a commitment to delivering excellent, community-centric care, and this partnership will strengthen the foundation of health and well-being for Auburn and the surrounding communities. We’re excited to be a part of DeKalb County not only as a health care provider, but also as a community partner.”
“We look forward to the future as part of Parkview Health,” said Tasha Eicher, president, Parkview DeKalb Hospital. “Together, we will honor the history of DeKalb Health and continue to build on its success. This partnership strengthens our ability to provide high quality care in DeKalb County for many years to come.”
Officials say the transition will be gradual, and the public can expect to see changes in signage over the next several months.
Many physicians will also transition to Parkview Physicians Group, and patients will be notified as those changes are finalized.
As with Parkview Health’s other community hospitals, Parkview DeKalb Hospital will maintain a local board of directors and its own foundation for philanthropic efforts.
All funds donated to the new Parkview DeKalb Foundation – formerly the DeKalb Health Foundation – will be used to support local health and wellness needs in DeKalb County.
DeKalb Health opened its doors in 1964 and has proudly served the healthcare needs of DeKalb County and the surrounding communities for more than 50 years.
The hospital is licensed by the State of Indiana as a non-profit, 56-bed, acute care healthcare facility, providing a variety of inpatient and outpatient services.