Providence and St. Joseph Health Announce Intent to Partner
July 31, 2015
Colleen Wadden, senior director,
External Communication, (206) 979-1620
Susan Solomon, vice president,
Marketing and Communication, (714) 616-4567
Providence Health &
Services and St. Joseph Health Announce Intent to Partner
Health systems sign letter of intent to create new, single
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 traditions.
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.
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.
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