Providence and St. Joseph: It’s official!

Better TogetherEffective July 1, we embark on an exciting new chapter in the history of our organizations. Providence Health & Services and St. Joseph Health are officially coming together to create healthier communities across the Western United States, especially for those most in need.

This historic milestone builds upon two remarkable legacies that began more than a century ago. Our founders – the Sisters of Providence and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange – were courageous women who brought health care and other social services to the American West when it was still a rugged frontier. That same pioneering and compassionate spirit is what compels and guides us today as we take this major step forward, together.

A diverse family of organizations

Combined, our 106,000 caregivers/employees will serve in 50 hospitals, and hundreds of clinics, programs and services across Alaska, California, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas and Washington.

The Providence St. Joseph Health family will include:

  • Providence Health & Services
  •  St. Joseph Health
  • Covenant Health and Covenant Medical Group in Texas
  • Facey Medical Foundation in Los Angeles
  • Hoag Health in Orange County
  • Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Southeast Washington
  • Pacific Medical Centers in Seattle
  • St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare in California
  • Swedish Health Services in Seattle

We are a diverse group of organizations united by a common calling to serve our communities. Our diversity is a strength, and we will continue to honor and respect one another’s identities and heritages. The names and logos of our hospitals, clinics and other ministries will not change, nor will the names and logos of our partner organizations.

Called to transform health care, together

What will be different is that we will be connected by a new parent organization, Providence St. Joseph Health. This structure will allow us to work together to lead a transformation in health care.

Together, we will drive innovation and population health strategies more quickly. We will increase access to care in underserved areas and meet the needs of the growing Medicaid and Medi-Cal populations. We will also create the kind of momentum that inspires and attracts people who want to make a difference in the world, which will help us retain and recruit the very best talent for every community we serve.

Most important, we will continue to invest in the needs of the poor and vulnerable and are especially excited that mental health will be a major focus of our new organization. With nearly every family touched in some way by the effects of mental illness, we seek to be a catalyst for change on this critical issue and look forward to telling you more about this effort next week.

In terms of next steps, our clinical teams and shared services have begun meeting to explore innovative ways to share expertise, resources and best practices to transform the way we deliver services. We are also exploring the uniqueness of each culture and how we will move forward in a way that respects our past and shapes our future.

The beginning of an exciting journey

We are planning a brief ceremony from 11-11:30 a.m. PDT on Wednesday, July 6, to commemorate this historic milestone. We will broadcast the ceremony on Facebook Live and will also make the recorded video available the following day.

This is a momentous opportunity to improve the health and well-being of those we serve, one we often refer to as a “100-year” event because it is not just about meeting today’s needs. It’s about planning for the next generation and beyond. We are honored to have the opportunity to work with our communities to shape the future of health care, just as the Sisters of Providence and the Sisters of St. Joseph did more than a century ago.