Catholic Healthcare News – August 2017

Crittenton Hospital in Rochester Hills Is First to Be Renamed in Ascension Health System

“Ascension Crittenton Hospital in Rochester Hills on Tuesday became the first hospital in the 141-hospital St. Louis-based Ascension Health family to receive a new name under the nonprofit health system’s rebranding strategy,” Crain’s Detroit Business reports. “Over the next 12 months, 14 other Ascension hospitals in Michigan will add Ascension to the beginning of their names, Ascension executives said in a statement. In 2018, the name of metro Detroit’s five-hospital St. John Providence Health System name will be retired and folded into the management of Ascension Health Michigan.”

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CHRISTUS Finalizes Louisiana Joint Venture

“Irving-based Christus Health has finalized a joint venture in Louisiana. Christus Health Southwestern Louisiana is now the majority owner of Lake Charles, La.-based Imperial Calcasieu Surgical Center. The center will now be called Christus Imperial Calcasieu Surgical Center,” according to D CEO Healthcare. “Imperial is an outpatient surgical center containing six operating rooms, two procedure rooms, and an eye-focused operating room. Imperial is the third center Christus Health Southwestern Louisiana has acquired. Christus currently owns and operates Christus St. Patrick Hospital and Christus Lake Area Hospital.”

CEO of Bon Secours Hampton Roads to Leave System in September

“Michael Kerner, the CEO of Bon Secours Hampton Roads, will be leaving the health system in early September, after nine years at the helm,” reports The Virginian-Pilot. “In a news release issued Monday, Toni Ardabell, CEO of Bon Secours Virginia, said a transition plan is in place that includes recruitment for two positions – a market chief operating officer for Bon Secours Virginia, and a CEO for Maryview – to be filled by January 2018. Bon Secours Hampton Roads includes Mary Immaculate Hospital in Newport News, DePaul Medical Center in Norfolk, Maryview Medical Center in Portsmouth, and Bon Secours Health Center at Harbour View, a free-standing emergency department in Suffolk.”

CHI St. Vincent Infirmary Ranked as Top Hospital in Arkansas

“CHI St. Vincent Infirmary has been named the top-ranked hospital in Arkansas for 2017-18 by U.S. News & World Report, marking the fifth consecutive year the annual listing has rated CHI St. Vincent Infirmary as the No. 1 hospital in the state,” according to KHTV. “CHI St. Vincent Infirmary was recognized as high performing in seven categories: heart bypass surgery, heart failure, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, colon cancer surgery, hip replacement and knee replacement. ‘CHI St. Vincent has been serving Arkansans for almost 130 years with a mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ. Today, we have four hospitals and over 70 clinics across the state dedicated to living our mission and creating healthier communities,’ said CHI St. Vincent CEO Chad Aduddell. ‘Being named the best hospital in Arkansas for five consecutive years is an affirmation of how we live our mission.’”

Dignity Health Using Google Glass to Improve Clinical Efficiency

“Dignity Health has been among the first to use Glass in clinical settings, and so far it’s been a boon. Dr. Davin Lundquist, vice president and chief medical information officer of Dignity Health of San Francisco, has been using the device for the past three-plus years, having pushed the health system’s innovation officer to adopt the technology due to its hands-free nature,” Mobi Health News reports. “With a medically trained remote scribe, or “copilot,” watching the patient encounter through a real-time video and audio stream, Lundquist’s notes are captured for him, encapsulating the essence of the encounter in medically appropriate language and helping Lundquist form a diagnosis more quickly. ‘It saves us a tremendous amount of time, because by the time I’m done interacting with the patient, my notes are essentially complete,’ he said. ‘It shaves hours off of our time.’”

New CEO Named for HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital

“Hospital Sisters Health System announced the appointment of Coffman as president and CEO at HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital,” according to Herald & Review. “Coffman is president and CEO of HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. She will begin her new role Sept. 5. The exit of former St. Mary’s CEO and President Dan Perryman was announced by HSHS on June 1.”