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(St. Louis) July 30, 2014 – Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system, today announced the formation of Ascension Health Senior Care, uniting the majority of its senior-focused programs into one national organization.  

The senior services ministry will include independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing facilities, as well as PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) programs, that are part of Ascension Health, Ascension’s healthcare delivery organization. Together, the 34 senior care facilities across the country will have better access to resources to enhance patient care, programs and services, as well as share best practices and processes, and establish consistent standards.

Ascension Health Senior Care will rank as the second-largest not-for-profit long-term care provider in the United States, overseeing 5,568 senior care/senior living beds and three PACE programs totaling 725 enrollees.

“As we consider how best to provide person-centered care to those we serve, we see an opportunity to extend our already deep commitment to those who are aging and their families,” said Anthony R. Tersigni, Ed.D., FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ascension. “By bringing together the services and programs that are serving seniors across our national health ministry, we will enhance care through shared best practices and increased focus on caring for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of seniors.”

“Ascension Health Senior Care communities care for more than 5,500 individuals across the country on any given day,” said Robert J. Henkel, FACHE, Executive Vice President, Ascension, and President and Chief Executive Officer, Ascension Health. “As the senior population in our country continues to grow, we know there will be increasing demand for the high-quality, person-centered care we provide. By uniting these services, we can take advantage of their combined expertise to ensure we are able to meet that demand.”

Being part of a larger, nationally coordinated organization enables every location of Ascension Health Senior Care to benefit from greater investment in facilities and equipment, better resource allocation, more efficient operations, and growth opportunities. Current residents and program participants will see no change in their ability to access care and services for themselves or their loved ones. In fact, many facilities are expected to expand their care programs and benefit from facility and capital investments.

One of the first initiatives will be to identify and implement unified best practices across all of the facilities. Unique best-in-class programs already in place at some ministries will be spread nationwide, ensuring that Ascension Health Senior Care is providing the highest quality person-centered care and service.

“Our vision calls for providing holistic care and support to the seniors we serve,” said Mark Frey, Ascension Health Ministry Market Leader for Senior Services and President and Chief Executive Officer, Alexian Brothers Health System. “It also calls for developing and implementing innovative care models that improve health outcomes, reduce costs, and improve the experience of seniors with their unique clinical and functional needs.”

For more information, visit www.ascensionhealthseniorcare.org.

About Ascension 

Ascension (www.ascension.org) is a Catholic healthcare organization dedicated to the transformation of healthcare through excellent clinical care throughout the continuum of care and through innovation. Ascension is the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system, providing the highest quality care to all with special attention to those who are poor and vulnerable. 

Last year Ascension provided $1.5 billion in care of persons living in poverty and community benefit programs. Its Mission-focused Health Ministries employ more than 150,000 associates serving in more than 1,900 sites of care in 23 states and the District of Columbia. Ascension’s direct subsidiaries provide services that include healthcare delivery, medical equipment management, treasury management, resource and supply management, venture capital investing, physician practice management, and risk management.


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(Kansas City, Mo.) July 28, 2014 – Carondelet Health in Kansas City, Mo., a part of Ascension, has signed a letter of intent with Prime Healthcare Services, Inc., for the acquisition of the majority of the facilities of Carondelet Health. The transaction would include St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City and St. Mary’s Medical Center in Blue Springs, Mo., and most of their subsidiaries and affiliated facilities.

As part of this transaction, the three Carondelet Health long-term care facilities – Carondelet Manor, Villa Saint Joseph and St. Mary’s Manor – and the two hospitals’ charitable foundations would remain part of Ascension.

“Prime Healthcare’s focus on providing comprehensive quality healthcare in a compassionate, convenient and cost-effective manner aligns with our historical mission of service,” said Michael Dorsey, interim Chief Executive Officer of Carondelet Health. “We’re confident that this change will enable the long-term success of Carondelet Health.”

“Our goal in working with the Board of Carondelet Health during this process has been to strengthen the ministry so its associates, physicians and volunteers are able to continue to provide exceptional, caring health services to the community for years to come,” said Robert J. Henkel, FACHE, Executive Vice President of Ascension and President and Chief Executive Officer of Ascension Health. “We believe this is a positive step for the greater Kansas City community as well as our colleagues at Carondelet Health. Meanwhile, Ascension will continue to serve the community by helping to meet the growing need for senior services.”

“Prime Healthcare looks forward to partnering with Carondelet Health and providing high quality healthcare to residents in Kansas City, Blue Springs and their surrounding communities,” said Prem Reddy, MD, FACC, FCCP, Chairman, President and CEO of Prime Healthcare Services. “Our award-winning clinical and operational expertise combined with Carondelet Health’s dedicated physicians, nurses and employees will allow these hospitals and other facilities to continue their legacy of healthcare excellence.”

“Prime Healthcare has a deep concern for people – for the physicians and staff who provide care, and for those they serve,” said Sr. Diane Steele, SCL, PhD, who was a Board member of Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., and Saint John Hospital in Leavenworth, Kan., when they were acquired by Prime Healthcare from the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System in 2013. “We’re very pleased that Prime has continued to honor our spiritual heritage demonstrated in care of patients, especially the poor, at both hospitals.”

Terms of the deal are confidential and there will be no additional disclosures until a definitive agreement has been reached.

About Carondelet Health

Carondelet Health (www.carondelethealth.org) consists of two acute care hospitals, St. Joseph and St. Mary’s Medical Centers, with 450 beds and 900 physicians on staff combined. Both acute-care facilities have earned Magnet Designation for excellence in nursing. Consistent with its mission, Carondelet Health provides compassionate, quality healthcare with a special concern for the poor.

About Ascension

Ascension (www.ascension.org) is a Catholic healthcare organization dedicated to the transformation of healthcare through excellent clinical care throughout the continuum of care and through innovation. Ascension is the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system, providing the highest quality care to all with special attention to those who are poor and vulnerable. Last year, Ascension provided $1.5 billion in care of persons living in poverty and community benefit programs. Its Mission-focused Health Ministries employ more than 150,000 associates serving in more than 1,900 sites of care in 23 states and the District of Columbia. Ascension’s direct subsidiaries provide services that include healthcare delivery, medical equipment management, treasury management, resource and supply management, venture capital investing, physician practice management, and risk management.

About Prime Healthcare Services

Ontario, CA-based Prime Healthcare Services (www.primehealthcare.com), with a motto of “Saving Hospitals, Saving Jobs and Saving Lives,” is one of the largest hospital companies in the nation.

Prime Healthcare was recognized as one of the “15 Top Health Systems” in the nation in 2013, based on quality of healthcare and patient satisfaction. It is the third time in six years it has been recognized. In 2014, eight Prime Healthcare hospitals were ranked among the “100 Top Hospitals” in the nation by Truven Health Analytics. Prime Healthcare hospitals have earned the award 27 times since 2003.

Through their subsidiaries, Prime Healthcare Services and the non-profit Prime Healthcare Foundation have more than 30,000 employees and own and operate 27  hospitals in seven states: Alvarado Hospital Medical Center, Centinela Hospital Medical Center, Chino Valley Medical Center, Desert Valley Hospital, Encino Hospital Medical Center, Garden Grove Hospital Medical Center, Glendora Community Hospital, Huntington Beach Hospital, La Palma Intercommunity Hospital, Montclair Hospital Medical Center, Paradise Valley Hospital, San Dimas Community Hospital, Shasta Regional Medical Center, Sherman Oaks Hospital and West Anaheim Medical Center – in California; Providence Medical Center and Saint John Hospital – in Kansas; Garden City Hospital – in Michigan; Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center – in Nevada; Lower Bucks Hospital and Roxborough Memorial Hospital – in Pennsylvania; Landmark Medical Center and  Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island – in Rhode Island; Dallas Medical Center, Harlingen Medical Center, Knapp Medical Center and Pampa Regional Medical Center – in Texas. 

Contacts:

NICK RAGONE, Chief Communications Officer, Ascension 314.733.8941 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
St. Louis, Mo. and Tucson, Ariz. – July 22, 2014 – Carondelet Health Network of Tucson, Ariz. and its parent company, Ascension, have signed an exclusive, non-binding Letter of Intent with a subsidiary of Tenet Healthcare Corporation (NYSE: THC) to create a joint venture with Dignity Health that would own and operate Carondelet. Upon closing, it is anticipated that Ascension would retain a minority interest in such a joint venture. The parties have launched a period of due diligence which they expect will result in a definitive agreement. 

Under the proposed agreement, Tenet would be the majority partner in the joint venture with management responsibility for all operations of Carondelet’s assets, including St. Joseph’s and St. Mary’s Hospitals in Tucson, Ariz.; Holy Cross Hospital in Nogales, Ariz.; Carondelet Medical Group; Carondelet Specialist Group; and Carondelet’s ancillary businesses. Once the acquisition is complete, the joint venture would maintain Carondelet’s heritage and identity, continuing Carondelet’s Catholic sponsorship.  

Tenet and Dignity Health both own and operate hospitals in the Phoenix area. Their participation in a Tucson–based joint venture will connect Carondelet to a regional healthcare system, including Tenet’s and Dignity Health’s growing accountable care organization, Arizona Care Network; strengthen and grow Carondelet’s relationships with physicians; and fund strategic growth initiatives in Southern Arizona. 

“We are excited to pursue this relationship with Tenet and Dignity Health,” said James K. Beckmann, president and CEO of Carondelet. “Like Carondelet, Tenet and Dignity Health are committed to providing high quality, low cost, person-centered care. This relationship is an opportunity to strengthen those efforts, enhance healthcare across Arizona, and continue Catholic sponsorship of Carondelet. The people of Tucson and Southern Arizona will continue to benefit from the tremendous dedication and talent of Carondelet’s associates and physician partners.”   

“Tenet looks forward to the opportunity to partner with a dedicated group of healthcare colleagues to improve healthcare delivery to communities of the Southern Arizona region,” said Keith Pitts, vice chairman at Tenet. 

At Dignity Health, Linda Hunt, president and CEO of the Arizona Service Area, said that the proposed agreement will “preserve the remarkable legacy of Carondelet in Arizona, while launching a new organization capable of maximizing the changing landscape of health care today and meeting the growing demands for quality care in Southern Arizona.” 

The parties do not plan to provide any further detail until such point as a definitive agreement is reached.

About Tenet Healthcare 

Tenet Healthcare Corporation, a leading healthcare services company, through its subsidiaries operates 79 hospitals, 193 outpatient centers, including six hospitals and four outpatient centers in Arizona, and Conifer Health Solutions, a leader in business process solutions for healthcare providers serving more than 700 hospital and other clients nationwide. Tenet’s hospitals and related healthcare facilities are committed to providing high quality care to patients in the communities they serve.  For more information, please visit www.tenethealth.com.

About Dignity Health in Arizona

 Dignity Health in Arizona includes four outstanding hospitals – Chandler Regional Medical Center, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, which includes Barrow Neurological Institute and St. Joseph's Westgate Hospital.  From this foundation, Dignity Health in Arizona has expanded into a comprehensive health care system, which includes imaging centers, clinics, specialty hospitals, urgent cares, an insurance provider, an accountable care organization and other clinical partnerships. The Dignity Health Medical Group employs more than 250 physicians, who cover a wide range of specialties. Dignity Health, Arizona Service Area, is part of Dignity Health, one of the nation’s five largest health care systems.

About Ascension 

Ascension (www.ascension.org) is a Catholic healthcare organization dedicated to the transformation of healthcare through excellent clinical care throughout the continuum of care and through innovation. Ascension is the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system, providing the highest quality care to all with special attention to those who are poor and vulnerable. Last year, Ascension provided $1.5 billion in care of persons living in poverty and community benefit programs. Its Mission-focused Health Ministries employ more than 155,000 associates serving in more than 1,900 sites of care in 23 states and the District of Columbia. Ascension’s direct subsidiaries provide services that include healthcare delivery, medical equipment management, treasury management, resource and supply management, venture capital investing, physician practice management, and risk management.

About Carondelet Health Network 

Located in Tucson, Ariz., Carondelet Health Network is a Catholic, non-profit healthcare system dedicated to enhancing the health and well-being of Southern Arizonans. Carondelet was originally founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1880. Carondelet’s Tucson facilities include St. Mary's Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital, Carondelet Heart & Vascular Institute at St. Mary’s Hospital, Carondelet Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital in Nogales, Ariz. Carondelet’s services also include a primary and specialty care practice, imaging centers and a variety of other ambulatory services. In Fiscal Year 2013, Carondelet provided more than $70 million in Community Benefit to improve the health of our community and increase access to healthcare. More information about Carondelet Health Network is available at www.carondelet.org

For more information, contact:

Nick Ragone Chief Communications Officer, Ascension This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Phone: 314.733.8941
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