Unique Health Care System Will Serve All of Orange County and the High
Desert, Becoming a National Model for Effective, High-Quality, and Compassionate Care.
(Aug. 15, 2012, Orange County, Calif.) —St. Joseph Health and Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian announced plans
for a new regional health care affiliation which will take bold, innovative
measures to transform health care delivery, ultimately becoming a model
for addressing some of the biggest challenges in American health care.
The organizations intend to form an integrated regional health system including
their respective Southern California hospitals, an expansive physician
network, and numerous outpatient and urgent care facilities in Orange
County and the High Desert. Their shared vision includes taking action
to fix fragmented systems of care, greatly improve access for the underserved,
and deliver on the goal of making the region among the healthiest in the country.
"This affiliation is a catalyst to extend our mission and make a real
difference in health care delivery by assuring a system of highly-connected,
quality services. New access points will be developed to enhance community
wellness and allow more people to benefit from the research and advanced
care of a vast network of doctors, clinics, and exceptional hospitals,"
said Deborah Proctor, president and CEO of St. Joseph Health. "We
believe St. Joseph Health and Hoag have the foresight and expertise to
address some of the greatest needs and accomplish the greatest good for
Orange County and the High Desert. This is a critical step for the future
of our communities that only can be accomplished by the brightest minds
and the biggest hearts in health care."
"This is a historic day for medical care in Orange County," said
Dr. Richard Afable, Hoag president and CEO. "Together, we share over
a century of collective experience and a commitment to serving the health
needs of people in Southern California. Our goal in forming this affiliation
is transformational. Current models of medical care are too complex, too
expensive, and lack the integration needed to effectively and compassionately
care for people in need. It is also unacceptable that models of care are
far too often out of reach for those who are most vulnerable and in need
of help. Our vision – our promise – is to transform Orange
County into one of the healthiest communities in California and the country.
Our affiliation will introduce innovative care processes that will improve
clinical outcomes, reduce the overall cost of care, and enhance the health
care experiences of all members of our community."
Specifically, the health system leaders have identified as part of their vision:
- Clinicians will work together to achieve better clinical outcomes, make
care more efficient and improve the overall patient experience
- Quality-focused, coordinated programs that will address care for the poor
and underserved and fill gaps that have widened under present-day economic realities
- A focus on care extending beyond the acute hospital setting, including
wellness, prevention programs, long-term care, and palliation of suffering
- Specialized health services that would otherwise require treatment outside
- Opportunities for partnerships with other health care participants, both
traditional and non-traditional
Under the affiliation, Hoag and St. Joseph Health will retain their individual
identities and faith affiliations – Presbyterian and Catholic, respectively.
In planning to work together, St. Joseph Health and Hoag recognized many
similarities. They are both non-profit, faith-based health care organizations,
committed to providing the highest quality, affordable, and accessible
health care services in the community. Both institutions achieve this
through thoughtful planning of their networks of services, fostering an
environment of "best practice" health care, and reaching out
to vulnerable populations through extensive community benefit programs.
The planning process is being aided by support from the community, elected
officials, faith-based organizations, physicians, and hospital employees.
Their support and review continue to be instrumental in this process.
The health systems entered into a letter of intent to form an affiliation.
The next step is an application with the California Office of the Attorney
General, which is planned for October and could require more than 100
days for a decision.
About Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian
Hoag is an approximately $1 billion non-profit, regional health care delivery
network in Orange County, California, that treats nearly 30,000 inpatients
and 350,000 outpatients annually. Hoag consists of two acute-care hospitals,
seven health centers, and five urgent care centers. Hoag Hospital Newport
Beach, which has served Orange County since 1952, and Hoag Hospital Irvine,
which opened in 2010, are designated Magnet hospitals by the American
Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Hoag offers a comprehensive blend
of health care services that includes five institutes providing specialized
services in the following areas: cancer, heart and vascular, neurosciences,
women's health, and orthopedics through Hoag's affiliate, Hoag
Orthopedic Institute. Hoag has been named one of the Best Regional Hospitals in the
U.S. News & World Report Metro Edition. National Research Corporation has endorsed Hoag as Orange
County's most preferred hospital for the past 16 consecutive years
and, for an unprecedented 16 years, residents of Orange County have chosen
Hoag as the county's best hospital in a local newspaper survey. Visit
www.hoag.org for more information.
About St. Joseph Health
St. Joseph Health (SJH) is a $4.4 billion not-for-profit integrated Catholic
health care delivery system sponsored by the St. Joseph Health Ministry.
SJH's comprehensive range of services includes 14 acute care hospitals,
home health agencies, hospice care, outpatient services, skilled nursing
facilities, community clinics and physician organizations throughout California,
Texas, and New Mexico. Collectively, the 24,000 dedicated employees and
6,000 outstanding physicians deliver care to more than 137,000 inpatients
and 3.6 million outpatients each year. Throughout its comprehensive regions
of care, SJH strives to provide perfect care while building the healthiest
communities and ensuring every encounter is sacred. These extraordinary
efforts have been recognized locally and nationally, including distinctions
in US News & World Report and Magnet recognition. Guided by the traditions
of its founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, SJH is committed
to maintaining a continuum of care that matches the diverse needs of its
communities. SJH's four Southern California hospitals include Mission
Hospital (Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach); St. Mary Medical Center (Apple
Valley); St Joseph Hospital (Orange) and St. Jude Medical Center (Fullerton).
For more information, visit www.stjoe.org.