Wel­come, who­ever you are

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Many ex­pec­tant par­ents keep their choices for their baby’s name closely guarded as if it were a mat­ter of national se­cu­rity, but once mom gives birth, they usu­ally drop the em­bargo and proudly share the lit­tle tyke’s name with friends and fam­ily.

But there was no Face­book sta­tus up­date last week or any other an­nounce­ment re­veal­ing the name of the new en­tity formed be­tween Provena Health, Mo­kena, Ill., and Res­ur­rec­tion Health Care, Chicago. The two cre­ated the state’s largest Catholic health­care or­ga­ni­za­tion when their merger closed last week. How­ever, me­dia ma­te­ri­als re­fer only to the new­born as “new health­care or­ga­ni­za­tion.”

A Youtube video cel­e­brat­ing the birth of the new group, fea­tur­ing new CEO and Pres­i­dent San­dra Bruce, in­cluded staff mem­bers who am­bigu­ously yelled “Happy birth­day, new min­istry.” The ex­u­ber­ant staff de­liv­ered well wishes with birth­day bal­loons and can­dles in the back­ground. None slipped up and re­vealed a name, and the video pro­vided no clues to the list of names of­fi­cials could be mulling—not even if the pop­u­lar “Ai­den” or “Is­abella” were be­ing con­sid­ered.

Provena and Res­ur­rec­tion of­fi­cials signed a non­bind­ing let­ter in Fe­bru­ary. A Provena spokes­woman said of­fi­cials did not know when a name would be an­nounced. She added that the new en­tity’s spon­sors were lead­ing the name roll­out.

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