Build a National Model for Effective, High-Quality, and Compassionate Care
(February 28, 2013,
Orange County, Calif.) — St. Joseph Health and Hoag announced formal completion of
an unprecedented affiliation, laying the foundation for sweeping changes in the
delivery and accessibility of high-quality health care. Known as Covenant
Health Network (CHN), the affiliation will be a regional leader and national
model, reaching from Orange County to the High Desert.
California Office of the Attorney General consented to the affiliation on
February 8, 2013, capping comprehensive evaluation and planning that began
after both organizations announced their intention to affiliate in August 2012.
and St. Joseph Health have agreed that Richard Afable, M.D., will serve as
president and chief executive officer for CHN. Additionally, Deborah Proctor, president and chief executive
officer of St. Joseph Health has announced that Dr. Afable will also serve as
executive vice president of the Southern California region of St. Joseph
Health. Dr. Afable has served as Hoag’s president and CEO since 2005. Hoag’s
board of directors appointed Robert Braithwaite, Hoag’s chief operating
officer, to succeed Dr. Afable as Hoag’s new president and CEO.
Says Dr. Afable, “Drawing upon the strengths of this unprecedented
affiliation, we will improve coordination of the delivery of health care to all
members of the communities we serve. The nation’s
current model of health care delivery is broken, leaving far too many families
and individuals – including tens of thousands right here in Orange County –
without regular and reliable access to affordable, quality care. Our
number one focus will be solving the systemic health care access and
affordability issues currently facing patients, employers and health care
providers – and that effort begins today.”
“This affiliation is a catalyst to extend our mission and
make a real difference in health care delivery by assuring a system of highly-connected,
quality services,” Proctor says. “New access points will be developed to
enhance community wellness and allow more people to benefit from the research
and advanced care of seven exceptional hospitals, a vast network of doctors,
clinics, and other partners who share our vision. We believe St. Joseph Health
and Hoag have the foresight and expertise to address some of the greatest needs
and accomplish the greatest good for Orange County and the High Desert. This is
a critical step for the future of our communities that can only be accomplished
by the brightest minds and the biggest hearts in health care.”
The new network will include the flagship
hospitals of St. Joseph Health (5) and Hoag (2), in addition to an expansive
physician network and numerous outpatient and urgent care facilities in Orange
County and the High Desert. Physicians and staff members will develop solutions
and innovative services that neither Hoag nor St. Joseph Health could achieve
Focusing on preventative
health and wellness programs and services.
Increasing access to health
care services for the poor and vulnerable populations of Orange County.
clinical outcomes and improving the overall patient experience.
Extending care beyond
the acute hospital setting, including long-term care, and palliation of
Advancing population health and fee-for-value systems while
developing additional health care services that eliminate the need for people
to leave Orange County to receive quality care.
Addressing the cost
challenge of providing and receiving quality services; specifically, new
insurance products will be designed and brought to market in collaboration with
and St. Joseph Health are retaining their individual identities and faith
affiliations – Presbyterian and Catholic, respectively.
In discussions leading up to the affiliation,
the two organizations recognized many important similarities. They are both
non-profit, faith-based health care organizations, committed to providing the
highest quality, affordable, and accessible health care services in the
community. Both have also achieved widespread recognition through thoughtful
planning of their networks of services, fostering an environment of “best
practice” health care, and reaching out to vulnerable populations with
extensive community benefit programs.
About Hoag Memorial Hospital PresbyterianHoag is an approximately
$1 billion nonprofit, regional health care delivery network in Orange County,
California, that treats nearly 30,000 inpatients and 350,000 outpatients
annually. Hoag consists of two acute-care hospitals, seven health centers, and
five urgent care centers. Hoag Hospital Newport Beach, which has served Orange
County since 1952, and Hoag Hospital Irvine, which opened in 2010, are
designated Magnet hospitals by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
Hoag offers a comprehensive blend of health care services that includes five
institutes providing specialized services in the following areas: cancer, heart and vascular, neurosciences, women's health, and orthopedics through Hoag’s affiliate, Hoag Orthopedic Institute. Hoag has been named one of the Best Regional Hospitals in
the U.S. News & World Report Metro Edition. National Research Corporation
has endorsed Hoag as Orange County’s most preferred hospital for the past 16
consecutive years and, for an unprecedented 16 years, residents of Orange
County have chosen Hoag as the county’s best hospital in a local newspaper
survey. Visit www.hoag.org for more information.
About St. Joseph HealthSt. Joseph Health (SJH) is a $4.4 billion
not-for-profit integrated Catholic health care delivery system sponsored by the
St. Joseph Health Ministry. SJH’s comprehensive range of services includes 14
acute-care hospitals, home health agencies, hospice care, outpatient services,
skilled nursing facilities, community clinics and physician organizations
throughout California, Texas, and New Mexico. Collectively, the 24,000
dedicated employees and 6,000 outstanding physicians deliver care to more than
137,000 inpatients and 3.6 million outpatients each year. Throughout its
comprehensive regions of care, SJH strives to provide perfect care while
building the healthiest communities and ensuring every encounter is sacred.
These extraordinary efforts have been recognized locally and nationally,
including distinctions in US News & World Report and Magnet recognition.
Guided by the traditions of its founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange,
SJH is committed to maintaining a continuum of care that matches the diverse
needs of its communities. SJH’s Southern California hospitals include Mission
Hospital (Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach); St. Mary Medical Center (Apple Valley);
St. Joseph Hospital (Orange) and St. Jude Medical Center (Fullerton). For more
information, visit www.stjoe.org.