Dignity Health, CHI Merge into $29B System

The much-talked-about merger between Englewood, Colorado-based Catholic Health Initiatives and San Francisco-based Dignity Health took place in January according to Becker’s Hospital Review. The new entity, CommonSpirit Health is headquartered in Chicago and employs approximately 150,000 in addition to 25,000 clinical staff. “We didn’t combine our ministries to get bigger, we came together to provide better care for more people,” co-CEO, Kevin Lofton said. “We created CommonSpirit Health because in order to solve national health challenges, we need the breadth, scope, and resources to make a nationwide impact. We believe that no one should ever have to choose between being healthy and putting food on the table.” Read the entire press release here.

Providence St. Joseph Health Creates Population Health Management Company

In an effort to offer payers, providers, employers and government entities the expertise and services necessary to enhance population health initiatives, Providence St. Joseph Health of Renton, Washington, has unveiled a population health management company:  Ayin Health Solutions. Rhonda Medows, president of population health at Providence St. Joseph Health and CEO of Ayin Health Solutions commented, “We will leverage our leadership, day-to-day frontline expertise and heritage of service to deliver population health solutions and services that will deliver real impact.”

Mercy Health Network in Iowa Transitions to New MercyOne Name

Following the 1998 merger of Catholic Health Initiatives and Trinity Health, Mercy Health Network is taking the next step to represent the organization as one Catholic health system to the state of Iowa, according to RadioIowa. With 18 owned or joint venture medical centers and hospitals along with 25 affiliated medical centers and 420 clinics, MercyOne President and CEO, Bob Ritz, says the name change is part of the process. He added, “We do think that the change will be more significant than logos and signs. We think that’s just the visual kind of surface of the brand change,”

OSF HealthCare Plans to Supply 12 Illinois Hospitals from Warehouse

Peoria, Illinois-based OSF HealthCare plans to supply all 12 of their facilities with over 1,500 different items the hospitals use on a regular basis, according to rrstar.com. The system purchased a 270,000 square foot facility in 2017, and according to John Horne, OSF’s chief supply chain officer, “We spent a year looking at other distribution centers around the country so we could adopt the best practices.”

CHRISTUS Health Partners with Avaya to Enhance Patient Experiences

In an effort to help digitally transform their business and provide enhanced patient experiences, Texas-based CHRISTUS Health has chosen the Avaya IX Contact Center solutions. According to the Odessa American, the health system was facing multiple challenges digitally integrating the more than 600 centers, including hospitals, clinics and health ministries in the U.S. and Latin America. The organization turned to Avaya to help craft a long-term plan to “streamline and harmonize their care team and staff’s ability to engage and communicate with patients.”

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