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Providence Health & Services and St. Joseph Health Announce Intent
Health systems sign letter of intent to create new, single organization
Two Catholic health systems with long histories of serving communities
in the American West have signed a letter of intent to create a new, single
organization. Providence Health & Services and St. Joseph Health indicated
their discussions are in the very early stages.
“Providence and St. Joseph Health’s missions are aligned to
improve the quality of care, increase access and make care more affordable
for everyone,” said Rod Hochman, M.D., president and CEO, Providence
Health & Services.
“We are two mission-focused organizations which truly have the potential
of being better together, delivering outstanding clinical care and providing
a compassionate presence in all the communities we serve,” said
Deborah Proctor, president and CEO, St. Joseph Health.
In addition to sharing common missions, St. Joseph Health and Providence
share similar heritages. The Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange were called
to meet the needs of Northern California 103 years ago and eventually
grew to serve other parts of the state, as well as communities in Texas
and New Mexico. Nearly 160 years ago, the Sisters of Providence voyaged
from Montreal to Fort Vancouver, Wash., to build health care in the Northwest,
eventually growing to serve Alaska, California, Montana, Oregon and Washington.
Providence and St. Joseph Health complement one another; while they serve
different communities, together they form a contiguous geography. Additionally,
both systems maintain a strong tradition of Catholic health care and share
a philosophy of inclusion and diversity. Both systems include non-Catholic
health care affiliates that share a mission to care for everyone, especially
those who are poor and vulnerable, and that have maintained their original
faith tradition or secular status, as well as their brands and rich heritage
Discussions are in the early stages and specific details about a partnership
have not been finalized. St. Joseph Health and Providence expect discussions
to take place during the next several months.
About Providence Health & Services
Providence Health & Services is a not-for-profit Catholic health care ministry committed to providing
for the needs of the communities it serves – especially for those
who are poor and vulnerable. Providence's services include 34 hospitals,
475 physician clinics, senior services, supportive housing and many other
health and educational services. The health system and its affiliates
employ more than 76,000 people across five states – Alaska, California,
Montana, Oregon and Washington – with its system office located
in Renton, Washington. In 2014, Providence provided more than $848 million
in community benefit to help create healthier communities. Providence
Health & Services continues a tradition of caring that the Sisters
of Providence began nearly 160 years ago.
About St. Joseph Health
St. Joseph Health (SJH) is a not-for-profit, integrated health care delivery system that
includes 16 hospitals, physician organizations, home health agencies,
hospice care, outpatient services and community outreach services. Founded
by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, SJH remains rooted to the sisters'
traditions of assessing a community's needs and adapting strategies
to meet those needs. Today, SJH continues its work in the tradition of
the sisters through its wide networks of outstanding services. In each
region it serves, SJH reaches out to care for the poor and vulnerable,
establishing and supporting many programs and services that benefit the