UnityPoint Health - Methodist to Participate in Blue Cross and Blue Shield

UnityPoint Health - Methodist to Participate in Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois' PPO and BlueChoice® Networks


Peoria, IL (October 9, 2017) – UnityPoint Health – Methodist will become part of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois PPO Network, one of the largest PPO networks in the state, beginning January 1, 2018. This means that thousands of Blue Cross members will now be able to utilize their in-network hospital benefits at Methodist, including its Emergency Department, Cardiovascular Services, Surgical Services, and more.

“We are excited for the opportunity to serve the members of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois PPO Network,” said Debbie Simon, Regional CEO of UnityPoint Health. “We believe expanding in-network access to Methodist will help us better coordinate care across our facilities and services, positively impacting the health of the community.”

UnityPoint Health – Proctor, UnityPoint Health – Pekin, and UnityPoint Health’s physician clinics and home care services are already part of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois PPO Network.

In addition to Methodist’s emergency, cardiovascular, and surgical services, subscribers will now have in-network access to:

  • the most advanced and comprehensive Behavioral Health services in the region;
  • a state-of-the-art Maternity Center with all private rooms, 24/7 obstetric and neonatology coverage, and a Level 2 neonatal nursery;
  • advanced technology, like robotic lung surgery and the nation’s first hospital-based hybrid Interventional Radiology suite;
  • a leading Radiation Oncology Center and Comprehensive Cancer Services;
  • a Level 2 Trauma Center; and
  • the area’s only autologous Bone Marrow Transplant Program.

Methodist will also participate in the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois BlueChoice® network, providing access to individual members participating in BlueChoice® products. Methodist is a 329 bed acute care medical center located in Downtown Peoria. More information on Methodist’s services is available at unitypoint.org.

About UnityPoint Health

UnityPoint Health provides comprehensive, coordinated care to patients throughout Central Illinois through our clinics, hospitals and home care services. Services are provided at three hospital campuses—UnityPoint Health – Methodist, UnityPoint Health – Proctor, and UnityPoint Health - Pekin —as well as through nearly 50 UnityPoint Clinic, Proctor First Care and ProHealth Medical Group locations, Proctor Medical Equipment, ProCare, Methodist College, the Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery, and the Hult Center for Health Living. A recognized leader in healthcare in our community, UnityPoint Health - Peoria combines advanced technology and comprehensive services with an emphasis in excellence, quality, safety and patient experience. UnityPoint Health - Peoria is a senior affiliate of UnityPoint Health, the nation’s fifth largest and one of the most integrated health systems.