SEATTLE, Wash. and IRVINE, Calif. – July 6, 2016 – Providence Health & Services and St. Joseph Health have come together
Providence St. Joseph Health, a not-for-profit health and social services system that will serve as
the parent organization for more than 100,000 caregivers (employees) across
seven states. The newly formed system celebrated its first day by committing
to be a catalyst for improving mental health care in the United States.
“A cornerstone of our missions is addressing significant social,
community and health needs of our most vulnerable populations,”
said Rod Hochman, M.D., president & CEO, Providence St. Joseph Health.
“One of the most challenging health issues facing our communities
today is access to effective mental health services. Together, we will
convene diverse partners and will be a catalyst for change for the many
who struggle with mental health stigmatization, diagnosis and treatment.”
“Today, we bring together two organizations with shared values, aligned
missions and likeminded founders – the Sisters of St. Joseph of
Orange and the Sisters of Providence,” said Annette Walker, interim
CEO, St. Joseph Health. “Our heritages inspire us to deliver on
a new promise to make communities healthier through best practices, expanded
access, and greater affordability and services for those who need them
most. Our mental health initiative demonstrates our commitment to future
The Institute for Mental Health and Wellness: A catalyst for change
Providence St. Joseph Health has created the Institute for Mental Health
and Wellness, supported by an initial $100 million investment that will
be used to identify and advance innovative solutions in mental health.
An expert advisory panel will be convened to create a blueprint for improving
mental health care in U.S. communities. Maureen Bisognano, recently retired
president and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, will serve
as the chair of the panel, working alongside Dr. Hochman.
“Improving mental health care takes leadership on all levels, as
well as a major commitment of resources,” said Bisognano. “I
am looking forward to leading a national conversation around mental health
and am excited about what we can achieve together.”
As a part of the efforts, Providence St. Joseph Health and the advisory
panel will collaborate with national and local organizations with expertise
and long histories of addressing mental health.
“This is an important step in the right direction as we work to address
the many gaps in our nation’s mental health system,” said
Linda Rosenberg, president and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health.
“I am confident we will make meaningful strides, bringing new hope
to the many individuals and families who are affected by mental health
The Foundation for Mental Health and Wellness: Funding solutions in communities
The health system has established the Foundation for Mental Health and
Wellness to oversee this work, with an initial investment of $100 million.
The fund will support research and startup operations for mental health
awareness, diagnosis and treatment. Fund distributions will be made through
a formalized grant process and be available internally to Providence St.
Joseph Health entities as well as other organizations within the communities
it serves. Members of the expert advisory panel will provide strategic
guidance on the distribution of funds.
The Institute for Mental Health and Wellness will begin operating immediately
and the expert panel will convene in the coming months, under the leadership
of Chair Bisognano.
“This is a new day for the people of Providence St. Joseph Health,
and especially for the communities we serve,” said Dr. Hochman.
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