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LOS AL­TOS, Calif.—

As­cen­sion Health Al­liance, St. Louis, and Daugh­ters of Char­ity Health Sys­tem, Los Al­tos, have signed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing for Daugh­ters of Char­ity to be­come part of As­cen­sion Health, the al­liance’s hospi­tal di­vi­sion. Terms of the mem­o­ran­dum were undis­closed by the two Catholic or­ga­ni­za­tions, and there is no spe­cific sched­ule for reach­ing a de­fin­i­tive agree­ment, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease. Com­ple­tion of the process is ex­pected to come by year-end, the re­lease states. Six­hos­pi­tal Daugh­ters of Char­ity shares roots with 76-hospi­tal As­cen­sion Health in that four of As­cen­sion’s five orig­i­nal Catholic spon­sors when it formed in 1999 were af­fil­i­ated with the Daugh­ters of Char­ity, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease. But Daugh­ters of Char­ity’s spon­sor—the Daugh­ters of Char­ity of St. Vin­cent de Paul, Prov­ince of the West—was not among them. “Daugh­ters of Char­ity Health Sys­tem shares As­cen­sion Health’s com­mit­ment to serve all with spe­cial at­ten­tion to those who are poor and vul­ner­a­ble,” An­thony Tersigni, pres­i­dent and CEO of As­cen­sion Health Al­liance, said in the re­lease. “Both or­ga­ni­za­tions are com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing qual­ity, com­pas­sion­ate care to the whole per­son—body, mind and spirit.” The al­liance last week also an­nounced it had formed a group pur­chas­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion. And its pri­vate eq­uity arm, As­cen­sion Health Care Net­work, en­tered into ex­clu­sive ne­go­ti­a­tions to ac­quire 427-bed St. Clare’s Health Sys­tem, Denville, N.J. DEN­VER—

The Sis­ters of Char­ity of Leav­en­worth Health Sys­tem, in a move that con­tin­ues the trend of health­care con­sol­i­da­tion in Colorado, is trans­fer­ring its head­quar­ters and some 750 jobs from Lenexa, Kan., to the Den­ver area. The sys­tem plans to base 200 po­si­tions in Den­ver and as many as 550 in the sub­urb of Broom­field. When the sys­tem named Michael Slubowski pres­i­dent and CEO in Oc­to­ber 2010, it was noted that he would be based in Den­ver and that one of his du­ties would be to man­age the in­te­gra­tion with two-hospi­tal Ex­em­pla Health­care, Den­ver, a move made pos­si­ble af­ter a long le­gal bat­tle. Ex­em­pla also man­ages an­other fa­cil­ity, 376-bed Ex­em­pla St. Joseph Hospi­tal in Den­ver, and Ex­em­pla still op­er­ates un­der a joint agree­ment be­tween the Sis­ters of Char­ity sys­tem and the Com­mu­nity First Foun­da­tion, a Den­ver­based phil­an­thropic or­ga­ni­za­tion. Ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease, the Sis­ters of Char­ity sys­tem gen­er­ates about 52% of its to­tal $2.7 bil­lion in rev­enue from four Colorado hos­pi­tals. The sys­tem said in the an­nounce­ment that the move to the Den­ver area will help it ef­fi­ciently pro­vide sup­port ser­vices to its hos­pi­tals in Cal­i­for­nia, Colorado, Kansas and Mon­tana. BELLE­VUE, Wash.—

Peace­health has joined an ef­fort led by the not-for-profit P4 Medicine In­sti­tute, Seat­tle, to use ge­nomics and molec­u­lar di­ag­nos­tics to try to pre­dict dis­eases among in­di­vid­u­als and im­prove pop­u­la­tion health and well­ness. Eight-hospi­tal Peace­health is the first com­mu­nity health sys­tem to sign on as a P4 Medicine In­sti­tute part­ner, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease. P4MI, as it is known—the “P4” stands for medicine that is pre­dic­tive, pre­ven­tive, per­son­al­ized and par­tic­i­pa­tory— was founded in 2010 by the Seat­tle-based In­sti­tute for Sys­tems Bi­ol­ogy and Ohio State Univer­sity. P4MI aims to speed bio­med­i­cal in­no­va­tion and sup­port more­ef­fec­tive, lower-cost health­care by help­ing to pre­vent dis­ease, per­son­al­ize treat­ments and en­gage con­sumers in their care, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease. “Over time, we hope to take rapidly emerg­ing (P4 Medicine In­sti­tute) health and well­ness in­no­va­tions and in­te­grate them into ev­ery­day in­ter­ac­tions be­tween Peace­health providers and their pa­tients to bet­ter pre­dict, pre­vent and treat dis­ease,” Peter Adler, Peace­health’s se­nior vice pres­i­dent for strat­egy, in­no­va­tion and de­vel­op­ment, said in the re­lease. PHOENIX—

The Ari­zona Hospi­tal and Health­care As­so­ci­a­tion an­nounced its in­ten­tion to drop a law­suit against the state’s Med­i­caid sys­tem. The fed­eral law­suit was filed in Novem­ber 2011 against the Ari­zona Health Care Cost Con­tain­ment Sys­tem and aimed to block a 5% cut in Med­i­caid re­im­burse­ment. State of­fi­cials claim the re­duc­tion will save them $95 mil­lion an­nu­ally. Last week, a fed­eral judge de­nied a pre­lim­i­nary in­junc­tion to sus­pend the cut. “This is a chal­leng­ing time for hos­pi­tals and pa­tients as a re­sult of a pro­longed re­ces­sion and bud­get cuts to health­care pro­grams,” as­so­ci­a­tion Pres­i­dent and CEO Lau­rie Liles said in a news re­lease. “As we look ahead, we know the state and Ari­zona hos­pi­tals will con­tinue to face eco­nomic chal­lenges and we look for­ward to work­ing with state lead­ers like Se­nate Pres­i­dent Steve Pierce to pre­pare for the fu­ture and grow our state’s econ­omy.” Ari­zona hos­pi­tals, like those in much of the rest of the na­tion, are see­ing an in­crease in unin­sured pa­tients in emer­gency rooms, and the as­so­ci­a­tion says the amount of char­ity care that Ari­zona hos­pi­tals pro­vided in the last quar­ter of 2011 spiked by 75% com­pared with the same time in 2010. Pierce, a Re­pub­li­can, said in the same as­so­ci­a­tion news re­lease that he was pleased with the decision to drop the law­suit: “We need to stop look­ing back and in­stead look ahead to find so­lu­tions to the cri­sis in health­care,” he added.

Se­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Daly City, Calf., is the largest hospi­tal of Daugh­ters of Char­ity, which signed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing to join As­cen­sion Health.

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