Reli­gious af­fil­i­a­tion

Modern Healthcare - - LATE NEWS - Ashok Sel­vam

Catholic Health Ini­tia­tives, Englewood, Colo., signed a let­ter of in­tent to af­fil­i­ate with fel­low Catholic care provider eight-hospi­tal PeaceHealth, Belle­vue, Wash.

Of­fi­cials said the pro­posal would cre­ate a new re­gional health­care sys­tem for the north­west­ern U.S. com­bin­ing seven CHI hos­pi­tals— in­clud­ing the five that make up Ta­coma, Wash.-based Fran­cis­can Health Sys­tem—with PeaceHealth’s eight hos­pi­tals. A ninth hospi­tal, sched­uled to open in Novem­ber in Fri­day Har- bor, Wash., would also be part of the sys­tem.

Of­fi­cials say the new or­ga­ni­za­tion will be made up of about 26,000 em­ploy­ees and about 950 physi­cians at clin­ics and hos­pi­tals. There are no plans to re­brand and change names at this time, CHI Pres­i­dent and CEO Kevin Lofton said. CHI and PeaceHealth would be equal part­ners in the in­te­grated health sys­tem, he added.

“We think this also gives us a re­ally good plat­form for growth in the re­gion, as other in­de­pen­dent hospi­tal sys­tems are go­ing to look at us,” Lofton said.

Seven CHI hos­pi­tals are part of the deal: Mercy Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Rose­burg, Ore.; St. An­thony Hospi­tal, Pendle­ton, Ore.; St. Joseph Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Ta­coma, Wash.; St. Fran­cis Hospi­tal, Fed­eral Way, Wash.; St. Clare Hospi­tal, Lake­wood, Wash.; St. An­thony Hospi­tal, Gig Har­bor, Wash.; and St. El­iz­a­beth Hospi­tal, Enum­claw, Wash. CHI’s Fran­cis­can Med­i­cal Group and Fran­cis­can Hospice and Pal­lia­tive Care are also in­cluded.

The PeaceHealth hos­pi­tals that are part of the deal are: PeaceHealth Cottage Grove (Ore.) Community Hospi­tal; PeaceHealth Peace Har­bor Hospi­tal, Florence, Ore.; PeaceHealth Sa­cred Heart Med­i­cal Cen­ter at River­Bend, Spring­field, Ore.; PeaceHealth Sa­cred Heart Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Univer­sity Dis­trict, Eu­gene, Ore.; PeaceHealth St. Joseph Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Belling­ham, Wash.; PeaceHealth St. John Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Longview, Wash.; PeaceHealth South­west Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Van­cou­ver, Wash.; and PeaceHealth Ketchikan (Alaska) Med­i­cal Cen­ter.

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