Provena Covenant Medical Center
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|Provena Covenant Medical Center|
|Location||Urbana, Illinois, United States|
|Emergency department||Level II trauma center|
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Provena Covenant Medical Center is a 254 bed non-profit hospital in Urbana, IL. It is part of the Provena Health healthcare system, headquartered in the same city. Provena Covenant is accredited by the Joint Commission and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).
Provena Covenant Medical Center was formed by the merging of two hospitals; Burnham City Hospital and Mercy Hospital. Burnham City Hospital was founded in 1894 and Mercy Hospital was founded by the Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary in 1919. In 1989, the two hospitals merged to form Covenant Medical Center. In 1997, the medical center became part of the Provena Health system and was renamed Provena Covenant Medical Center.
Key services include a Level II Trauma Center, regional emergency medical services, in-patient Psychiatry, orthopedics, cardiovascular and pulmonary care, cancer care, birthing center, pediatric services, rehabilitation center, and a women's health center.
In 2002, the Champaign County Board of Review challenged Provena Covenant's tax-exempt status based on debt-collection tactics and amount of charity care offered. Ultimately, the Illinois Department of Revenue denied Provena Covenant's status, which led to the matter to be considered by the circuit court of Sangamon County, Illinois, which sided with Provena Covenant. The matter was then considered by the Appellate Court, and later, the Illinois Supreme Court which both rendered decisions against Provena Covenant's tax-exempt status. In a March 18, 2010 judgment by the Illinois Supreme Court (Provena Covenant Medical Center vs. the (Illinois) Department of Revenue), the Court agreed that the Department of Revenue had acted properly in denying charitable and religious property tax exemptions requested by Provena Hospitals. In the judgment, the Court noted that “a mere 302 of its (Provena Covenant's) 110,000 admissions received reductions in their bills based on charitable considerations.” The court added, “uninsured patients were charged PCMC’s “established” rates, which were more than double the actual costs of care. When patients were granted discounts at the 25 and 50 percent levels, the hospital was therefore still able to generate a surplus.” In response, the head of Provena Covenant Medical Center said, “We are deeply disappointed that the Illinois Supreme Court has denied the property tax exemption of Provena Covenant Medical Center,” said Jon Sokolski, Chair of the Board. “Provena…cares for all in our community who need our health services regardless of their ability to pay. In 2008, we provided more than $38 million in free care and other community benefits.” 
- Provena Covenant Medical Ctr: Hospitals Directory - US News Health
- Chicago Tribune, Provena Ruling Summary, March 18, 2010, http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-provena-ruling-summary-march18,0,2890922.story
- Wall Street Journal, June 29, 2004, A Nonprofit Hospital Fights To Win Back Charitable Halo, http://online.wsj.com/article/SB108845342848449424.html
- Illinois Supreme Court judgement, March 18, 2010, http://www.state.il.us/court/Opinions/SupremeCourt/2010/March/107328.pdf
- Statements from Provena Covenant management, March 18, 2010, http://www.provena.org/body.cfm?id=289&action=detail&ref=2673&fromid=20&graphic2=
- Official website
- Illinois Supreme Court Decision, Provena Covenant Medical Center vs Department of Revenue, March 18 2010