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Kewanee Hospital and OSF HealthCare possibly merging

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Just this week Kewanee Hospital announced it's attempting a merger with OSF HealthCare, but another health care provider in Rockford says this isn't the best move.

"We spend an awful lot of money in this country on health care and people aren't 100 percent sure of what they're getting for it, so I think the appetite is there from the people who pay the bills," CEO of SwedishAmerican Health System Dr. Bill Gorski says.

Dr. Gorski believes our country is the best in the world when it comes to delivering care to people in need, but that's not to say there aren't problems.

"When there's fragmentation and there's lack of coordination, things fall through the cracks," Dr. Gorski says. "There's waste, there's redundancy in what happens."

Some health care providers look at merging as a way to come together to meet the needs of more people.

"I don't think it's a one size fits all. You can look around the country and see where size has worked and where it hasn't worked."

Dr. Gorski says one place it won't work, is at SwedishAmerican.

"We don't think necessarily that is the absolute answer to everything, in fact, to be lean and agile, and able to address the needs of your local community, local payers, and employers. There is a lot of opportunity to do that without having to be of a certain size or scale," he says.

He also commends the president for his work on health care reform. He says having more Americans insured lowers the cost of health care for everyone.

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