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SCL Health System Announces Exclusive Negotiations for New Sponsor of Saint John’s Health Center

May 17, 2013

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SCL Health System  
Cheston Turbyfill, Director, Public Affairs  
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DENVER — (May 17, 2013) – SCL Health System (SCLHS) announced today it will enter into exclusive negotiations for Providence Health & Services, Southern California to assume sponsorship of Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif. 

The Saint John’s Health Center Board of Directors, SCLHS and Leaven Ministries (the canonical sponsor of SCLHS) reviewed proposals for realignment options to advance Saint John’s position among health networks in Southern California. These three groups established an objective set of criteria in seeking a potential partner for Saint John’s. That criteria includes an ability to:

  • Preserve and strengthen Saint John’s national reputation for high-quality health care in the Catholic tradition;
  • Commit to maintain and improve patient care and access in the service area, especially for those who are poor and underserved;
  • Continue the commitment to Saint John’s clinicians and associates and to the communities they serve;
  • Create a broader network of integrated providers within Southern California that also preserves the Catholic identity and heritage of Saint John’s;
  • Position Saint John’s for population health management and other aspects of healthcare reform;
  • Possess a successful history of operation of Catholic healthcare facilities in California; and
  • Illustrate a demonstrated ability to consummate a change of sponsorship in California.

“In the Catholic tradition, Providence Health & Services has a respected reputation for providing high-quality, compassionate care in the Southern California region,” said Michael Slubowski, FACHE, FACMPE, President and CEO of SCL Health System. “With the most extensive network of Catholic hospitals and physicians in the region, Providence is well positioned to succeed in this era of accountable care through population health management and serving new enrollees who will have access to health care as part of the Affordable Care Act. Both are vital to the continuation of the ministry at Saint John’s.” 

Throughout the initial evaluation process, SCLHS also carefully considered Providence Health and Services’ mission, vision and values and found that Providence’s culture is one in which Saint John’s and its associates and clinicians can thrive.

“Providence shares a deep understanding and commitment to all aspects of Catholic sponsorship, identity and stewardship, including significant contributions to community benefit programs in Southern California and service to those who are poor and vulnerable,” said Slubowski.

The Saint John’s Health Center Board, SCLHS and Leaven Ministries managed an objective, thoughtful and prayerful process that identified Providence Health & Services as uniquely qualified to advance the ministry at Saint John’s. Providence’s attributes include:

  • Tremendous expertise in managing Catholic hospitals. Providence Ministries has an extensive history as a canonical sponsor and is the largest provider of Catholic health care in Los Angeles County;
  • Extensive facility network with five hospitals and 40 clinics in the Los Angeles area;
  • Strong clinical network of approximately 3,600 physicians, including two fully-integrated medical foundations with 360 physicians and existing partnerships with 900 clinically integrated physicians through Providence Partners for Health;
  • Commitment to provide extensive capital support to Saint John’s future, including funds for the recruitment of physicians and implantation of clinical information systems;
  • Rich and documented history of providing services to those who are poor and underserved; and
  • Ongoing commitment to invest in both ministry formation and extensive leadership development and training in Catholic social teaching.

“Since 1942, the clinicians and associates at Saint John’s have been an integral part of the Santa Monica community,” said Slubowski. “Partnering with Providence will place Saint John’s on a sustainable path forward as part of an extensive network of hospitals and providers, enabling the ministry to continue to impact lives, especially those who are poor and vulnerable.”   

Providence is a not-for-profit, Catholic healthcare system with a 157-year history of providing acute, ambulatory, hospice and healthcare services. The health system serves communities in Alaska, California, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

The change of sponsorship is subject to due diligence, completion of a definitive agreement and receipt of customary regulatory approval. The transfer of canonical sponsorship to Providence Ministries is subject to approval by the Archbishop of Los Angeles and the Holy See.

About Saint John Health Center
Since its founding in 1942 by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, Saint John’s Health Center has been providing the patients and families of Santa Monica, West Los Angeles and ocean communities with breakthrough medicine and inspired healing.  Saint John’s provides a spectrum of treatment and diagnostic services with distinguished areas of excellence in cancer care, spine, orthopedics, women’s health, cardiac care and specialized programs such as the internationally acclaimed John Wayne Cancer Institute.  Saint John’s is dedicated to bringing to the community the most innovative advances in medicine and technology. 

About SCL Health System
SCL Health System (SCLHS), based in Denver, is a faith-based, nonprofit health care organization operating nine hospitals, four safety net clinics, one children’s mental health treatment center and more than 100 ambulatory service centers in four states – California, Colorado, Kansas and Montana. Our $2.7 billion health network is dedicated to improving the health of the communities and individuals we serve, especially those who are poor and vulnerable. On an annual basis, SCLHS provides more than $220 million in community benefit, including services for the poor, health screenings, educational programs, community donations and research. SCLHS was founded by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, who opened their first hospital in 1864. To learn more, visit www.sclhealthsystem.org.

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