Trinity Health aligns five Catholic hospitals and associated services to form new regional health system
St. Mary Medical Center, Saint Francis Healthcare and the three hospitals of Mercy Health System of Southeastern PA have formed Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic
Trinity Health, which operates 93 hospitals in 22 states, announced the formation of Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic, a new regional health system combining three of its current regional health ministries with five hospitals across Philadelphia and the surrounding communities.
The new system will comprise St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, Saint Francis Healthcare in Wilmington, Delaware, and Mercy Health System’s three hospitals — Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Mercy Philadelphia Hospital and Nazareth Hospital in Philadelphia, home health and LIFE programs — in addition to all related joint ventures, sub-corporations, programs and services. The hospital identities will not change.
James L. Woodward, current president and CEO of St. Mary Medical Center, has been appointed Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic president and CEO and will lead the formation of a regional executive team. Woodward will continue to serve as St. Mary’s leader until a new president is named.
“While we care for a broad array of diverse communities across our region, every member of Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic shares a deep-rooted mission of serving together in the spirit of the Gospel as a compassionate healing presence,” said Woodward.
The formation of Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic will offer many benefits to the diverse communities served by these five hospitals and their related services including:
— The establishment of region-wide Centers of Excellence to leverage the strengths of existing service offerings
— More clinical collaboration by physicians and other healthcare experts to provide more comprehensive care options for patients
— The development of a more comprehensive outpatient strategy to further ensure quality care is extended to every community member in need
— Streamlined operational efficiencies for both patients and colleagues
— A renewed dedication to the Catholic-health core values of reverence, stewardship, integrity, justice and the commitment to the underserved
“Our patients will continue to experience the same quality care they have come to expect at all of the hospitals,” said Woodward. “Separately, we will seek operational efficiencies, so we are better positioned, as a region, to respond to the evolving healthcare industry and related competitive challenges.”
“Our colleagues are our lifeblood, and we are dedicated to continuing to provide for them a vibrant work environment that serves our mission,” he added. “At the same time, this new operating model will enable us to be a more nimble, vibrant organization positioned for longterm success.”