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Ellis Hospital to take over Bellevue operations Nov. 1

Bellevue Woman's Hospital has agreed to give up its operating license and allow Ellis Hospital to take it over, which will essentially keep Bellevue's doors open for the foreseeable future.

On Nov. 1, Bellevue Woman's Hospital will become Ellis Hospital.

Bellevue Chief Executive Officer Anne Saile said she views the decision as a victory for the hospital.

I think this is a great outcome for Bellevue, she said. "We framed the debate of women's health issues and how important they are, and we had a great victory in making our voices heard. I'm looking forward to a good outcome for Bellevue."

Ellis Chief Executive Officer James Connolly said he wants to make it a smooth transition for Bellevue's patients and staff.

"Our goal from a patient perspective is to make the change transparent. Someone who came into Bellevue six months ago will see the same people, receive the same services and feel the same commitment to their needs on Nov. 1. They won't see any difference," Connolly said.

Connolly said he doesn't anticipate any loss of jobs when Ellis takes over in November, but at least one important figure will go. Saile said it is time for her to move on.

"My work at Bellevue is done," Saile said. "It was a for-profit when I came, I turned it into a not-for-profit and we have received national awards and financially made a remarkable turnaround. I am very proud of the work I've done here, and I'm very proud of this hospital."

Saile said she plans to work on the national level and is working on a book about women's health issues.

"I've had many opportunities, and it's time for me to choose one," she said.

"I'm proud of everything I have achieved, and I'm confident for the future."

The Berger Commission also known as the Commission on Health Care in the 21st Century recommended that Bellevue give up its operating license in 2008 and its recommendations became law on Jan. 1.

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