Judith M. Persichilli
President and CEO
May 1, 2013 will forever be a special day in the history of Catholic Health East, Trinity Health and for Catholic health care nationwide. This date marked the official “coming together” of our two organizations into a new, unified ministry.
The following message, sent to various audiences earlier this week, shares our excitement and pride in announcing the “birth” of our new ministry. Since this message “says it all”, it bears repeating…and sharing among all within our local ministries.
Our two ministries are now one — joined together with the strength to advance our shared mission to be a healing and transforming presence in the communities we serve, the courage to speak with a unified voice for the poor and vulnerable, and the expertise to provide exceptional care throughout our 21 states. The consolidation of Trinity Health and Catholic Health East is official today, meaning we are fully united in our mission.
This is a tremendous opportunity and responsibility for us. With more than 87,000 employees at 82 hospitals and 87 long-term care facilities, along with 2.75 million home health and hospice visits, we are poised to help more people than ever. Based in Livonia, Michigan, with a significant presence in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, together we will bring substantial benefits to employees, patients and Catholic health care nationwide.
For colleagues and associates, our new ministry offers more long-term career opportunities by being part of a larger, financially stronger and more geographically diverse health system that is better able to compete successfully in today’s health care marketplace.
Patients will benefit from the broader spectrum of resources and knowledge of our new ministry. We will maximize integrated care — sharing ideas, assets and expertise across 21 states for the communities we serve. We will use the scale of our organization to focus on quality and decrease costs.
Our new ministry will enable access to enterprise resources to improve care and learn from each other. We will advance excellence in clinical systems, evidenced-based practice and national buying power – while increasing access to strategic thought leaders who are experts in their field and will support each of our ministries’ vitality. Physicians will have access to leading clinicians across 21 states, contributing to our new ministry’s solution to health reform, clinical informatics and best clinical practices. Across the enterprise, we can share the just-in-time information that’s necessary to provide the best patient care.
Catholic health care will benefit from our stronger, unified voice to advocate for better care, especially for those who are poor and vulnerable. Our new ministry will collaborate and participate in innovative models for community health care, and we will share our ideas with partners throughout the country to help as many people as possible.
We should be proud of the milestone we are announcing today, and we will see even more over the next few months. We anticipate announcing our next layer of leadership in May or June. This summer, we will announce our new name, our mission and our core values.
For those who want to know more about our new organization please visit our micro-site at www.newhealthministry.org for additional information.
Today’s announcement is the culmination of many months of hard work, and we thank everyone for your perseverance and support. We are one — an industry leader with a rich and faithful ministry made stronger because we are together.
Thank you, everyone, for all you do in pursuit of the mission we share.
Judith M. Persichilli
President and Chief Executive Officer,
Catholic Health East
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