|[February 28, 2013]
Hoag and St. Joseph Health Complete Historic Health Care Affiliation
IRVINE, Calif. & NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
St. Joseph Health and Hoag announced formal completion of an
unprecedented affiliation, laying the foundation for sweeping changes in
the delivery and accessibility of high-quality health care. Known as
Covenant Health Network (CHN), the affiliation will be a regional leader
and national model, reaching from Orange (News - Alert) County to the High Desert.
The California Office of the Attorney General consented to the
affiliation on February 8, 2013, capping comprehensive evaluation and
planning that began after both organizations announced their intention
to affiliate in August 2012.
Hoag and St. Joseph Health have agreed that Richard Afable, M.D., will
serve as president and chief executive officer for CHN. Additionally,
Deborah Proctor, president and chief executive officer of St. Joseph
Health has announced that Dr. Afable will also serve as executive vice
president of the Southern California region of St. Joseph Health. Dr.
Afable has served as Hoag's president and CEO since 2005. Hoag's board
of directors appointed Robert Braithwaite, Hoag's chief operating
officer, to succeed Dr. Afable as Hoag's new president and CEO.
Says Dr. Afable, "Drawing upon the strengths of this unprecedented
affiliation, we will improve coordination of the delivery of health care
to all members of the communities we serve. The nation's current model
of health care delivery is broken, leaving far too many families and
individuals - including tens of thousands right here in Orange County -
without regular and reliable access to affordable, quality care. Our
number one focus will be solving the systemic health care access and
affordability issues currently facing patients, employers and health
care providers - and that effort begins today."
"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," Proctor says. "New access points
will be developed to enhance community wellness and allow more people to
benefit from the research and advanced care of seven exceptional
hospitals, a vast network of doctors, clinics, and other partners who
share our vision. 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 can only be
accomplished by the brightest minds and the biggest hearts in health
The new network will include the flagship hospitals of St. Joseph Health
(5) and Hoag (2), in addition to an expansive physician network and
numerous outpatient and urgent care facilities in Orange County and the
High Desert. Physicians and staff members will develop solutions and
innovative services that neither Hoag nor St. Joseph Health could
achieve alone, including:
Focusing on preventative health and wellness programs and services.
Increasing access to health care services for the poor and vulnerable
populations of Orange County.
Achieving better clinical outcomes and improving the overall patient
Extending care beyond the acute hospital setting, including long-term
care, and palliation of suffering.
Advancing population health and fee-for-value systems while developing
additional health care services that eliminate the need for people to
leave Orange County to receive quality care.
Addressing the cost challenge of providing and receiving quality
services; specifically, new insurance products will be designed and
brought to market in collaboration with health plans.
Hoag and St. Joseph Health are retaining their individual identities and
faith affiliations - Presbyterian and Catholic, respectively.
In discussions leading up to the affiliation, the two organizations
recognized many important 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 have also achieved widespread recognition through
thoughtful planning of their networks of services, fostering an
environment of "best practice" health care, and reaching out to
vulnerable populations with extensive community benefit programs.
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,
and vascular, neurosciences,
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 Southern California hospitals include
Mission Hospital (Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach); St. Mary Medical
Center (Apple (News - Alert) Valley); St. Joseph Hospital (Orange) and St. Jude Medical
Center (Fullerton). For more information, visit www.stjoe.org.
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