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St. Joseph Health System Becomes St. Joseph Health: A New Identity for Broader Networks of Care

St. Joseph Health System, a 14-hospital health system serving California, west Texas and eastern New Mexico, has changed its name to St. Joseph Health. This new identity heralds the organization's strategic transformation toward comprehensive health care delivery.

"This new name embraces the spirit of our new networks of care, which focus not just on hospitals, but on the broader delivery of health care through our medical groups, outpatient services and other health care programs. The new name focuses on what is truly important and what unites all of our entities – the overall health of our communities," said Kevin A. Klockenga, Executive Vice President of the Northern California region for St. Joseph Health.

St. Joseph Health hospitals in Northern California include:

· St. Joseph Health, Petaluma Valley (Petaluma)

· St. Joseph Health, Queen of the Valley (Napa)

· St. Joseph Health, St. Joseph Hospital (Eureka)

· St. Joseph Health, Redwood Memorial (Fortuna)

· St. Joseph Health, Santa Rosa Memorial (Santa Rosa)

St. Joseph Health is one of Wine Country's largest non-profit employers, employing 3,790 staff members (2,365 in Sonoma County and 1,495 in Napa County).

In Sonoma County, this faith-based health ministry operates two acute-care hospitals in Santa Rosa and Petaluma, the region's only Level II Trauma Center at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital (the county's largest hospital with 278 beds), Memorial's Heart & Vascular Institute, three urgent care centers, hospice and palliative care services, primary care, and a range of outpatient surgical and diagnostic care.

In Napa County, St. Joseph Health operates Queen of the Valley Medical Center, a 191-bed facility that houses the area's only Level III Trauma Center, the Peggy Herman Neuroscience Center, a Regional Heart Center, a Regional Cancer Center accredited by the American College of Surgeons, and other acute-care services. Services also include occupational health, imaging, wound care, a medical fitness center and other specialties.

Physicians and staff at these sister hospitals coordinate care and patient referrals with their St. Joseph Health colleagues throughout the region, including Humboldt County.

In the weeks ahead, a new multimedia messaging campaign for St. Joseph Health will tell the story of an organization that views the health of its communities as a unique calling – as a sacred trust. In fact, the doctors and staff of St. Joseph Health believe every moment of good health has special meaning – or, as is expressed in St. Joseph Health's new messaging, "Every moment matters."

The organization began its transformation to more collaborative networks of care several years ago when it committed to embracing a two-pronged model – focused both on alleviating and treating illness, while also supporting prevention, well-being across a broad continuum of care, and healthier communities. With all St. Joseph Health hospitals and services joined under this new identity, the organization now seeks to let the people and its partners in the communities it serves know how the organization is extending its mission.

"It's important to note that we are changing our name, but the mission of our founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, remains the same," Klockenga said. "Our dedication to extending the healing ministry of Jesus is very much at the heart of all that we do."

The roots of the health care organization date back 100 years to 1912 when a handful of Midwestern religious women, a branch of the Sisters of St. Joseph, traveled across the country to open a school and eventually a small hospital in the lumber town of Eureka, Calif. From these humble beginnings, St. Joseph Health has now become a $4.2 billion, 14-hospital system offering health care services that are among the best in the nation, while caring for patients and families in three states. Collectively, the organization has 3,753 licensed beds, 19,672 employees, 6,600 physicians and cares for more than 138,000 inpatients and 3.5 million outpatients annually.

Hospitals in Southern California include:

· St. Joseph Health, Mission Hospital (Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach)

· St. Joseph Health, St. Joseph Hospital (Orange)

· St. Joseph Health, St. Jude Medical Center (Fullerton)

· St. Joseph Health, St. Mary (Apple Valley)

It also encompasses Covenant Health, which includes five hospitals serving west Texas and eastern New Mexico.

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