Woods System of Care, a Pennsylvania and New Jersey-based nonprofit organization that serves approximately 22,000 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, behavioral and mental health challenges and acquired brain injuries, and St. Mary Medical Center and Nazareth Hospital, part of Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic, the largest Catholic healthcare system serving the Greater Philadelphia area, announced their partnership to ensure high-quality healthcare for the individuals Woods serves and the dedicated staff who care for them.
“This partnership makes sense on many levels for both St. Mary Medical Center and Woods,” said Michael Magro, DO, MBA, FACOI, president of St. Mary. “But the biggest benefits will be realized within our community. As two organizations with ‘caring’ at the core, our values and philosophies align — both strive toward innovation and clinical excellence. My colleagues and I look forward to a renewed relationship with the residents and staff of Woods to provide the best healthcare possible.”
Magro was named president of St. Mary Medical Center in July. He also serves as president of Nazareth, a role he has held since 2018. Under his leadership has come a renewed commitment by two of Bucks County’s largest nonprofit employers to collaborate on innovative healthcare solutions that ensure equity and excellence. Magro became acquainted with Woods’ president and CEO Tine Hansen-Turton shortly after taking the helm at St. Mary. The two leaders quickly found a way for Woods and St. Mary to work more closely together.
“Dr. Magro is an innovative and dynamic leader who believes in the power of building strong and lasting relationships with community stakeholders, as demonstrated by this new collaboration. Both St. Mary and Woods are committed to improving the overall health and wellbeing of our community and this agreement is just the beginning of that effort,” said Hansen-Turton, who added that next steps will likely include activities to improve health equities in Bucks County generally and to help train St. Mary’s residents and practitioners in caring for the special needs population.
“St. Mary and Woods have been neighbors for a long time, but in a sense we are new to each other, and that makes our journey of opportunity together even more exciting,” said Magro.