In 2006, senior leadership across SJH gathered to identify long-term strategic
priorities. In addition, two transformational statements were adopted
resulting in a major change in the SJHS model of care delivery.
Those statements call for our health system to embrace an illness and wellness
model while realizing a greater balance between hospital and community
The Wellness and Health Improvement Division was created in August 2008
to provide leadership for this dramatic change. Upon reflection, this
new calling mirrors the challenge that Father Jean Pierre Medaille put
before the Sisters of St. Joseph in Le Puy, France in 1652. He urged the
sisters to leave the monasteries and go out into their village, identify
areas of need, and work by themselves or in collaboration with others
to meet the people’s needs.
As SJH moves beyond its hospitals’ walls, it pays homage to this
heritage ensuring that the communities we serve are among our nation’s
“Healthiest Communities.” Through a variety of “Healthy
Living” initiatives offered in collaboration with our hospitals
(ministries) in their communities, SJH invests in local and system-wide
programs in three types of healthcare delivery.