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SCL Health System and Providence Health & Services Enter Into Sponsorship Agreement for Saint John’s Health Center

September 16, 2013

Agreement expands access to quality, compassionate care for patients and families in Southern California

Media Contact:
SCL Health System  
Cheston Turbyfill, Director, Public Affairs  

SANTA MONICA, CALIF. (Sept. 16, 2013) – Providence Health & Services, Southern California, and SCL Health System announced today they have reached a definitive agreement for Providence to assume sponsorship of Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif.         
The definitive agreement is the culmination of months-long discussions between the two Catholic not-for-profit healthcare groups to chart a sustainable future for Saint John’s Health Center in the era of comprehensive health reform. Providence will assume oversight of clinical programs and day-to-day operations of Saint John’s. In addition, the agreement reflects the parties’ mutual desire that Saint John’s continue its Catholic mission to provide compassionate health care to those in Santa Monica and surrounding West Side communities, especially those who are poor and vulnerable.

“For decades, Saint John’s has stood for quality and compassionate care, as a leader in our industry and is respected nationally,” said Michael Hunn, senior vice president and chief executive of Providence Southern California. “We are both humbled and honored that SCL Health chose Providence to continue this tradition of excellence and we look forward to working with the physicians, the staff, the foundation and the community to ensure that legacy is sustained.”

“This agreement ensures Saint John’s is brought into the fold of one of the most advanced and connected health networks in Southern California, while retaining its Catholic identity,” said Michael Slubowski, FACHE, FACMPE, president and chief executive officer of SCL Health System. “Providence’s commitment to Saint John’s will expand patient access to clinically excellent care delivered through a highly integrated physician network.”
In June, SCL Health and Providence signed a non-binding letter of intent for the proposed sponsorship transfer.  SCL Health decided to engage in exclusive discussions because of Providence’s expertise in managing Catholic hospitals and its extensive physician network in Southern California. Providence operates five acute care hospitals and an array of ancillary healthcare facilities across Los Angeles County.

The definitive agreement is subject to customary regulatory approval as well as review and approval by the California attorney general.  The transfer of canonical sponsorship to Providence Ministries is subject to approval by the Archbishop of Los Angeles and the Holy See.

About SCL Health System:
SCL Health System 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 190 ambulatory service centers in four states – California, Colorado, Kansas and Montana. Our $2.2 billion health network is dedicated to improving the health of the communities and individuals we serve, especially those who are poor and vulnerable. In 2012, SCL Health provided more than $250 million in community benefit, including services for the poor, health screenings, educational programs, community donations and research. SCL Health was founded by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, who opened their first hospital in 1864. To learn more, visit www.sclhealthsystem.org.

About Providence Health & Services, Southern California:
Providence Health & Services, Southern California, is a Catholic not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing quality and compassionate health care and reaching out to the poor and the vulnerable in the communities it serves. Providence Southern California operates five award-winning acute-care medical centers in the Los Angeles area, providing a full continuum of healthcare services: Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, Providence Tarzana Medical Center, Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Centers in Torrance and San Pedro. The region also has numerous ancillary facilities including Hospice care, long-term care, numerous outpatient clinics, Providence Medical Institute, Providence High School and an affiliation with Facey Medical Group. For more information, visit California.providence.org.

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