West Suburban Hospital joins the Vanguard family

Westlake Hospital and West Suburban Hospital joined the Vanguard family on July 1, 2010. Vanguard owns and operates 17 acute care hospitals and complementary facilities and services in Chicago, Illinois; Phoenix, Arizona; San Antonio, Texas; and Massachusetts.

Vanguard also owns three managed care health plans: Phoenix Health Plan, a Medicaid managed health plan in Arizona; Abrazo Advantage Health Plan, a managed Medicare and dual-eligible health plan in Arizona; and MacNeal Health Providers, a preferred provider network in Chicago. Vanguard’s strategy is to develop locally branded, comprehensive healthcare delivery networks in urban markets.

Vanguard pursues acquisitions where there are opportunities to partner with leading delivery systems in urban markets. Upon acquiring a facility or network of facilities, Vanguard implements strategic and operational improvement initiatives, including improving quality of care, expanding services, strengthening relationships with physicians and managed care organizations, recruiting new physicians, and upgrading information systems and other capital equipment. These strategies improve quality and network coverage in a cost effective and accessible manner.