DuPage Medical Group and The South Bend Clinic Agree to Partnership to Expand Delivery of Physician-Directed, Multi-Specialty Care

June 18, 2021

(DOWN­ERS GROVE, Ill- SOUTH BEND, IN.) – DuPage Med­ical Group and The South Bend Clin­ic are pleased to announce that they have entered into a trans­for­ma­tion­al agree­ment to fur­ther devel­op and expand on their mul­ti-spe­cial­ty clin­i­cal care deliv­ery orga­ni­za­tion that rais­es the stan­dard for qual­i­ty and excel­lence. Both orga­ni­za­tions are the largest physi­cian-owned and direct­ed orga­ni­za­tions with­in their respec­tive states – DuPage Med­ical Group in Illi­nois and The South Bend Clin­ic in Indi­ana. This his­toric part­ner­ship marks DuPage Med­ical Group’s first col­lab­o­ra­tion across state lines.

Togeth­er the mul­ti-spe­cial­ty groups will cre­ate a hub for region­al expan­sion that will increase access to afford­able, patient-cen­tric, physi­cian-direct­ed and coor­di­nat­ed care, while deep­en­ing invest­ment in local ser­vices and pro­grams that meet the health care needs of patients across Illi­nois and Indiana.

This first-of-its-kind agree­ment will allow us to serve more patients and com­mu­ni­ties and address their needs by deliv­er­ing the most pro­gres­sive care pos­si­ble,” said Steve Nel­son, CEO of DuPage Med­ical Group. Our part­ner­ship with The South Bend Clin­ic builds on our pur­pose-dri­ven vision to trans­form health­care by cre­at­ing new pipelines for col­lab­o­ra­tion that empow­ers our physi­cians and asso­ciates to reimag­ine the deliv­ery of care.”

DuPage Med­ical Group and The South Bend Clin­ic will strate­gi­cal­ly invest in trans­for­ma­tion­al infra­struc­ture and tech­nol­o­gy, expand in-net­work capa­bil­i­ties, advance pro­gres­sion to val­ue-based care, and deliv­er on shared efforts to increase care access, edu­ca­tion, ser­vice, and char­i­ta­ble giv­ing to their local communities.

We are excit­ed about this trans­for­ma­tive oppor­tu­ni­ty to part­ner with DuPage Med­ical Group to evolve and expand as an inde­pen­dent physi­cian group and fur­ther our mis­sion to pro­vide high qual­i­ty and afford­able care options for our com­mu­ni­ty,” said Kel­ly Mack­en-Mar­ble, CEO of The South Bend Clin­ic. Togeth­er, we will dri­ve increased col­lab­o­ra­tion and coor­di­na­tion that enhances the patient expe­ri­ence and helps ensure con­tin­ued suc­cess and pro­fes­sion­al growth for our physi­cians and staff.”

DuPage Med­ical Group will con­tin­ue to be led by Steve Nel­son as CEO and Dr. Paul Mer­rick as Clin­i­cal Board Chair. Kel­ly Mack­en-Mar­ble will remain CEO of The South Bend Clin­ic and will join the DuPage Med­ical Group’s Senior Man­age­ment Team as region­al CEO, focus­ing on addi­tion­al growth oppor­tu­ni­ties. Dr. Brad Scott, Chair of The South Bend Clin­i­cal Board will con­tin­ue in his lead­er­ship role. DuPage Med­ical Group, and The South Bend Clin­ic will have local clin­i­cal boards to over­see qual­i­ty of care and clin­i­cal best prac­tices, lever­ag­ing shared capa­bil­i­ties and infra­struc­ture to cre­ate a con­sis­tent and dis­tinc­tive patient expe­ri­ence across both organizations.

About The South Bend Clinic

The South Bend Clin­ic is the largest physi­cian-owned and led mul­ti-spe­cial­ty group prac­tice in Indi­ana. The physi­cians at The South Bend Clin­ic work in a col­lab­o­ra­tive care envi­ron­ment where pri­ma­ry care physi­cians and spe­cial­ists deliv­er inte­grat­ed and coor­di­nat­ed patient care. Inspired by the Mayo Clinic’s patient care mod­el, South Bend sur­geon Dr. Wal­ter Bak­er and five oth­er physi­cian spe­cial­ists found­ed The South Bend Clin­ic in 1916. Today The South Bend Clin­ic con­tin­ues to pro­vide care based on the core prin­ci­ples of their founders. With near­ly 170 providers and 11 loca­tions, The South Bend Clin­ic com­pris­es near­ly 30 dif­fer­ent board certifications.

About DuPage Med­ical Group

Formed in 1999, DuPage Med­ical Group is the largest and most suc­cess­ful inde­pen­dent mul­ti-spe­cial­ty physi­cian group in Illi­nois. Its suc­cess is steeped in the informed direc­tion it receives through a physi­cian-gov­erned clin­i­cal board. DuPage Med­ical Group is led by expe­ri­enced physi­cians and a senior man­age­ment team that has decades of com­bined expe­ri­ence with­in health­care and from diverse orga­ni­za­tions out­side of the indus­try. Through its dis­tinc­tive mod­el, the more than 700 physi­cians and 4500+ asso­ciates advance coor­di­nat­ed care and bring solu­tions to the health­care eco-sys­tem, dri­ving proac­tive and per­son­al­ized health for patients. To learn more about DuPage Med­ical Group, vis­it www​.dupagemed​ical​group​.com.

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, contact:

George Jones IV
Direc­tor of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Engage­ment
(574) 204‑6051