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St. Peter’s Health Care Services, Northeast Health and Seton Health Announce Name for New Merged Health System

June 2, 2011

After an intensive 18-month process, officials of St. Peter’s Health Care Services, Northeast Health and Seton Health—three health care organizations located in the Capital region of upstate New York—announced today the new system will be named “St. Peter’s Health Partners.” Along with the name, officials unveiled the new corporate graphic identity and symbol that will visually link each part of the organization.

The announcement was made at a press briefing today that included: Steven Boyle, president, CEO, St. Peter’s Health Care Services; James Reed, MD, president & CEO, Northeast Health; and Scott St. George, interim president/CEO, Seton Health.

This new company will be a member of Catholic Health East, the current parent corporation of St. Peter's Health Care Services, and will abide by the Ethical and Religious Directives of the Catholic Church. However, the new company, St. Peter’s Health Partners, will not be a Catholic entity. Organizations that are currently part of St. Peter’s Health Care Services and Seton Health will retain their Catholic identities. Organizations that are currently affiliated with Northeast Health will remain secular.

Officials also announced that the names of all four acute care hospitals in the new system—St. Peter’s, Albany Memorial, Samaritan and St. Mary’s, as well as Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital—will be retained as part of the new system identity. Certain other entities that are key parts of the merged organization will become strong “sub-brands” of the new system including The Eddy, a recognized and highly regarded name in senior services; Community Hospice; and the system’s five charitable foundations. Most departments, programs and services in the current health systems will keep their current names, but will incorporate the new graphic identification system.

The merger to create St. Peter’s Health Partners will be finalized late this summer. The officials said that work has begun to prepare the legal and financial documents necessary to complete the transaction. While the new organization will be formed and begin actual operation later this year, full integration may take approximately three years. The new name will not be used by the three existing organizations until the new organization begins operation.

(Please note: this is an abridged version of the press release developed and released by St. Peter’s Health Care Services, Northeast Health and Seton Health. To access the full press release, please go to