Three Midwest hospitals, once so weak analysts referred to them as "The Three Stooges," joined forces last year with Illinois' profitable Hinsdale Hospital, and the new alliance is showing dramatic results.

The four-hospital team, known as the Hinsdale Health System, registered a profit of $8.2 million for the first six months of 1991, Hinsdale President Charles W. Snyder said yesterday. A feasibility study prepared in 1990 projected profits of just $5.6 million for all of 1991.

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