Prov­i­dence Health takes on St. John’s Health Cen­ter

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Beth Kutscher

Prov­i­dence Health & Ser­vices, Renton, Wash., has added an­other hospi­tal to its group, as­sum­ing spon­sor­ship of St. John’s Health Cen­ter in Santa Mon­ica, Calif.

The Sis­ters of Char­ity of Leav­en­worth Health Sys­tem, Denver, trans­ferred spon­sor­ship of the 234-bed hospi­tal March 1. It will be Prov­i­dence’s sixth hospi­tal in the Los Angeles area, to be re­named Prov­i­dence St. John’s Health Cen­ter.

The agree­ment in­cludes the John Wayne Cancer In­sti­tute, which has been af­fil­i­ated with St. John’s since 1991.

SCL en­tered into exclusive dis­cus­sions with Prov­i­dence in May, and the deal has re­ceived ap­proval from the Cal­i­for­nia at­tor­ney gen­eral as well as the Vat­i­can.

St. John’s has a staff of 1,600 em­ploy­ees as well as 1,000 physi­cians.

The deal marks the sec­ond trans­ac­tion Prov­i­dence has dis­closed in the past month. On Feb. 3, it said it in­tends to af­fil­i­ate with Pa­cific Med­i­cal Cen­ters, a mul­ti­spe­cialty med­i­cal group in the Greater Seat­tle area. Pa­cific Med­i­cal, a sec­u­lar or­ga­ni­za­tion, will be folded into Prov­i­dence’s Western Health­Con­nect di­vi­sion, where it won’t be bound to fol­low Ro­man Catholic doc­trines for care.

St. John’s Health Cen­ter, Santa Mon­ica, Calif., adds Prov­i­dence to its name.

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