Providence and St. Joseph Health Announce Intent to Partner 

July 31, 2015

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Providence Health & Services and St. Joseph Health Announce Intent to Partner

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 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.

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 community.