Ascension Pens Deal to Double AMITA Health’s Hospital Count

“The largest Catholic health system in the U.S. has signed a definitive agreement with one of the largest Catholic health systems in Illinois, the organizations announced Thursday [February 15], signaling that they expect to finalize the transaction soon,” according to HealthLeaders Media. “In a statement, [CEO Michael] Englehart described joining the Ascension family as ‘a natural evolution’ for Presence Health, given their shared sense of values and mission. Presence Health’s 10 remaining hospitals are set to become a part of AMITA Health, a nine-hospital system in suburban Chicago formed in 2015 as a partnership between Ascension’s Alexian Brothers Health System, based in Arlington Heights, Ill., and Adventist Health System, based in Hinsdale, Ill., more than doubling the integrated health system’s hospital count.”

Catholic Health Initiatives Appoints T. Douglas Lawson, Ph.D. to Top Executive Position in Texas Division

“T. Douglas Lawson, Ph.D., President of Baylor University Medical Center and the North Texas Central Region of Baylor Scott & White Health, has been named Chief Executive Officer of the CHI St. Luke’s Health market across southeastern Texas,” State of Reform reports. “Lawson, who has held a variety of executive positions in the health care industry over more than two decades, will serve as the CEO of CHI’s Houston-based Texas Division and as Senior Vice President for Catholic Health Initiatives, the Englewood, Colo.-based parent company of CHI St. Luke’s Health. Lawson will assume his new role on March 19 as the chief executive of the Texas Division, a $2 billion+ regional health system with 16 hospitals that stretches across the southeastern section of the state and includes CHI St. Luke’s Health in Houston, CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial in the Lufkin-East Texas area, and CHI St. Joseph Health in Bryan/College Station and Brazos Valley region.”

CHRISTUS Health Children’s Hospital Hires New CEO

“Christus Health’s search for a new CEO to lead the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio is over,” according to the San Antonio Business Journal. “Cris Daskevich will be the downtown pediatric center’s new leader, starting Feb. 19. She will also be senior vice president of maternal services for Christus Health, parent company of Christus Santa Rosa Health System, in the U.S. and Latin America. Daskevich has been senior vice president at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston and brings more than 21 years of experience in health care administration.”

Covenant, Providence St. Joseph Health Initiative Promotes Advanced Care Planning

“The focus of palliative and hospice care is to manage symptoms and maintain comfort of patients. Dr. Ira Byock, founder and chief medical officer for the Providence St. Joseph Health Institute for Human Caring, said physicians have historically done a poor job of that,” reports Lubbock-Avalanche Journal. “The focus is often on the physical symptoms – and it should be – but, Byock said, he believes care should go beyond that and aid the spiritual and emotional aspects to care for the person as a whole. Providence St. Joseph Health, including Covenant Health, is currently working to implement a system-wide initiative to do just that, he said. When a person is seriously ill, their focus often tends to be on the loved ones around them, Byock said. Through the initiative, he hopes to turn more attention to the loved ones, too.”

Longtime DMC Exec Reggie Eadie Named CEO of Trinity Health of New England

“Reginald Eadie, M.D., who resigned this week as regional COO of Detroit Medical Center, has been hired as president and CEO of Trinity Health of New England, a seven-hospital system based in Hartford, Conn. He begins work there March 26,” according to Crain’s Detroit Business. “Eadie, a native of Detroit who graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine and completed his medical residency at DMC, replaces Roger Spoelman, who was interim CEO the past several months. Chistopher Dadlez resigned last year for unspecified reasons.”

St. Joseph Mercy Health, Michigan Medicine Join Forces at Chelsea Hospital

“Saint Joseph Mercy Health and Michigan Medicine have signed a definitive agreement to establish a joint venture for the 133-bed St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea hospital, located in Chelsea,” MLive Michigan reports. “Under the terms of the definitive agreement, both SJMHS and Michigan Medicine will have an interest in the Chelsea hospital. SJMHS, however, will remain the majority and managing partner, providing leadership, nurses and staff while continuing to oversee all hospital operations.”

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