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.