St. Vincent’s HealthCare to Adopt Ascension as Part of its Name
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Posted by: DCMS
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Contact: Kyle Sieg
Jacksonville, Fla. – St. Vincent’s HealthCare will add Ascension to its name as part of a national effort to make it clearer and easier for patients to access the care they need and to navigate their health. By creating more consistent names for its facilities and services across the country, Ascension will better connect every aspect of care and innovation across its hospitals and other sites of care. St. Vincent’s HealthCare will become Ascension St. Vincent’s.
St. Vincent’s has been part of Ascension since 1999, when Ascension was formed by the Daughters of Charity (who launched St. Vincent’s more than 100 years ago) and the Sisters of St. Joseph. Ascension is the nation’s leading Catholic and nonprofit health system, with 2,500 sites of care and 36,000 providers in 22 states and Washington, D.C.
“Working together as part of Ascension has enabled St. Vincent’s HealthCare to further improve the care we provide by combining the knowledge and resources of thousands of medical professionals nationwide with the extraordinary expertise of our own local physicians and caregivers. With this collective strength, St. Vincent’s affords every patient the best care available anywhere in the country, right here at home in Jacksonville,” said St. Vincent’s president and CEO Tom VanOsdol. “The benefits were clearly exemplified just after Hurricane Irma, when our local platelets supplier experienced a service disruption. Our colleagues in Birmingham, Alabama, offered us platelets, and associates in Pensacola drove through the night to deliver them the day after the storm so we could perform surgeries. Adding the Ascension name to our own only amplifies our strength as part of this national network.”
Innovations made possible through St. Vincent’s work as part of Ascension will enable patients and their families to connect with their caregivers when, where and how they need it, as we continue to develop ways to improve communication and care in locations that are convenient and accessible, as well as through technology like the St. Vincent’s On Demand virtual care service.
“The patients and families we serve have high expectations for excellent, personalized care delivered easily and conveniently. By creating consistent names across Ascension facilities and services nationwide, we’re making it easier for patients to access the care they need and expanding our efforts to deliver high-quality, affordable care for everyone with special attention to those most in need,” said Nick Ragone, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for Ascension.
St. Vincent’s HealthCare joins Ascension systems in six other states in beginning the move to a unified name. Last September, Ascension’s sites of care in Michigan and Wisconsin became the first to adopt the Ascension name.
About St. Vincent’s HealthCare
In Jacksonville, Florida, Ascension’s St. Vincent’s HealthCare operates three hospitals in addition to dozens of healthcare facilities and employs more than 5,000 associates. Across the region, St. Vincent’s provided more than $75 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2016. Serving Jacksonville for over 130 years, Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Ascension is the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, operating 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 22 states and the District of Columbia. Visit www.jaxhealth.com.