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Sis­ters of St. Francis Health Ser­vices changed its name to Fran­cis­can Al­liance. Pres­i­dent and CEO Kevin Leahy said in a news re­lease that “a sim­ple, but mean­ing­ful, uni­fied name bet­ter af­firms our stand­ing as a large, mul­ti­state Catholic health­care sys­tem.” Fran­cis­can Al­liance op­er­ates nine hos­pi­tals in In­di­ana—in­clud­ing two-cam­pus St. El­iz­a­beth Re­gional Health in Lafayette— as well as two-cam­pus St. James Hos­pi­tal and Health Cen­ters in the south Chicago sub­urbs of Chicago Heights and Olympia Fields. The area served by the fa­cil­i­ties ex­tends into south­west Michi­gan. The sys­tem will add the word “Fran­cis­can” be­fore the ex­ist­ing names of its hos­pi­tals. “Fran­cis­can Al­liance is the per­fect pair­ing of two words to cre­ate a mean­ing­ful, mem­o­rable name that af­firms our prom­ise to con­tinue Christ’s min­istry in our Fran­cis­can tra­di­tion,” said Sis­ter M. Jane Marie Klein, chair­woman of the board of trustees, in the re­lease.


The Sis­ters of Char­ity of Health Sys­tem, a four-hos­pi­tal Catholic sys­tem, launched a sub­sidiary to of­fer in­de­pen­dent physi­cians in north­east Ohio an elec­tronic health record and ser­vices such as rev­enue-cy­cle man­age­ment, man­aged-care con­tract­ing and prac­tice op­er­a­tion con­sult­ing. The gov­er­nance board for the new In­de­pen­dent Physi­cian So­lu­tions sub­sidiary will in­clude ma­jor­ity rep­re­sen­ta­tion by physi­cians, said its CEO, Or­lando Al­varez Jr., who also is Sis­ters of Char­ity se­nior vice pres­i­dent for physi­cian align­ment and busi­ness devel­op­ment. Mark Wiedt, for­mer CEO of the 70-physi­cian Premier Physi­cians Cen­ters, a Cleve­land-based mul­ti­spe­cialty prac­tice, is the pres­i­dent and chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer. Goals for the new com­pany in­clude help­ing physi­cians demon­strate mean­ing­ful-use technology re­quire­ments to ob­tain fed­eral EHR sub­si­dies, al­low­ing physi­cians to af­fil­i­ate with a larger or­ga­ni­za­tion while main­tain­ing an in­de­pen­dent prac­tice, and po­si­tion­ing in­de­pen­dent doc­tors to be re­im­bursed un­der new pay­ment mod­els such as ac­count­able care or­ga­ni­za­tions, a news re­lease said. “We be­lieve that in­de­pen­dent doc­tors who wish to re­main in­de­pen­dent need to part­ner with or­ga­ni­za­tions whose goal is not to con­trol their pa­tient records or gob­ble them up in an em­ploy­ment model,” Al­varez said in the news re­lease. “Our goal is to cre­ate a ‘safe haven’ for the in­de­pen­dent physi­cian.”


Theda Clark Med­i­cal Cen­ter, part of ThedaCare health sys­tem, opened the Frank Wies­ner In­ten­sive Care Unit, mark­ing the end of a $10 mil­lion fundrais­ing cam­paign. The new Level 2 ICU fea­tures larger, 320-square-foot pri­vate rooms with fam­ily space, closer staff work­sta­tions, power col­umns that cre­ate more ef­fi­cient work­flow, and a clear head-of-the-bed for ease in ac­cess­ing pa­tients in emer­gency sit­u­a­tions, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from Thedacare. “This redesign not only meets our cur­rent needs but also is in­her­ently flex­i­ble and will al­low us to meet needs as they arise,” said Kathryn Cor­reia, pres­i­dent of Theda Clark Med­i­cal Cen­ter and Ap­ple­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter and se­nior vice pres­i­dent of ThedaCare, in the re­lease. The fundrais­ing cam­paign also funded a birthing cen­ter and a col­lab­o­ra­tive-care unit.

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