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Title
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System and Chelsea Community Hospital Finalize Merger
Start Date
05/01/2009
Article
Kathleen Griffiths
Kathleen Griffiths, president and CEO of Chelsea Community Hospital signs documents making the merger with Saint Joseph Mercy Health System official.

CHELSEA, Mich. - Effective today, May 1, 2009, Chelsea Community Hospital (CCH) is an official member of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS), becoming the seventh hospital in the regional health care system.

As announced in March 2008, the board of trustees of Chelsea Community Hospital made the decision to enter into a letter of intent to affiliate with Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, a member of Trinity Health. During the past year, the two organizations carefully examined the feasibility and structure of their affiliation.

“It has been a pleasure to work with St. Joe's leadership over the past year and we look forward to our future as a member of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System,” comments Kathleen Griffiths, president and chief executive officer, Chelsea Community Hospital. “The two organizations share the same commitment to providing quality, state-of-the-art patient care in a comforting and healing environment. This is a natural partnership.”

Garry Faja
Garry C. Faja, president and CEO, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System signs documents that welcome Chelsea Community Hospital into the now seven-hospital regional health care system.

In the ever-evolving health care environment, it has become increasingly difficult for smaller independent hospitals to survive. An affiliation between Saint Joseph Mercy Health System and Chelsea Community Hospital will help CCH survive and thrive beyond what can be accomplished as a small, independent hospital.

Saint Joseph Mercy Health System will help support the future of Chelsea Community Hospital in the following ways: implementation of a master facility plan; implementation of a new information systems platform; access to a wide variety of resources and expertise available through both SJMHS and Trinity Health, and new medical services and programs.

Additionally, SJMHS endowed $25 million to the new Chelsea Area Wellness Foundation, which was created as a part of the merger. The primary purpose of the foundation is to support significant CCH initiatives and community health improvement initiatives through grants.

Griffiths, who will remain president and CEO of Chelsea Community Hospital says, “This is an exciting part of the agreement. From the beginning, St. Joe’s made a commitment that funds raised for Chelsea Community Hospital will stay in Chelsea. The formation of the Chelsea Area Wellness Foundation provides wonderful opportunities to improve the health and well being of the communities served by our hospital.”

Kathleen and Garry shake hands
Kathleen Griffiths, president and CEO, Chelsea Community Hospital and Garry C. Faja, president and CEO, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System make the merger official with a hand shake.

The Chelsea Area Wellness Foundation has an independent board of trustees made up of representatives of the community, physicians, and the chief executive officers of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System and Chelsea Community Hospital. The board is in the early stages of organization and development.

“We are pleased with the way the agreement has evolved,” explains Garry C. Faja, president and chief executive officer, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. “Drawing on the clinical excellence of Chelsea Community Hospital, we will be able to further strengthen the way we deliver care on a regional level. When a patient enters Chelsea Community Hospital, they are now entering Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, where the opportunities for treatment are vast. This merger will be mutually beneficial to the patients and employees of both organizations.”

The hospitals in SJMHS benefit patients by sharing best practices, medical breakthroughs, physician and professional expertise, research, technology advancements, quality and innovation, electronic medical records and excellence in the patient care experience.

“An affiliation with St. Joe’s will strengthen the future of Chelsea Community Hospital and enhance our ability to continue to provide the high quality, accessible health care our communities have come to expect from us,” adds Griffiths.

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About Chelsea Community Hospital

Chelsea Community Hospital(CCH) is a non-profit medical facility established in 1970. Located in Chelsea, Mich., CCH is nationally recognized for both quality of care and patient satisfaction by national ranking organization Press Ganey, and is accredited by the Joint Commission. CCH attracts more than 300 physicians in most disciplines with leading edge technology, including the largest and strongest MRI in Michigan, a 64-slice CT scanner, PACS (digital picture archiving and communication system) and digital mammography. CCH employs more than 1,000 employees and is licensed for 113 beds. For more information, visit www.cch.org.

About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System

Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a newly expanded health care organization serving southeast Michigan. Health coverage spans six counties, including Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy in Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy in Livonia, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, 119-bed St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron and 74-bed St. Joseph Mercy Saline. Combined, the six hospitals are licensed for 1,613 beds, have five outpatient health centers, five urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 13,000 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 2,400 physicians.

A member of Trinity Health, the nation’s fourth largest Catholic health care organization, SJMHS is committed to providing a remarkable patient experience by using leading edge technology in a comforting and healing environment. As a mission based organization, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System hospitals provides approximately $100 million in community benefit to the communities it serves each year.

For more information on health services offered at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, visit www.sjmercyhealth.org.

About Trinity Health

Trinity Health is Michigan's leading health care provider and one of the state's largest employers, providing the full continuum of care for Michigan's residents, with 12 hospitals, nine nursing homes, 19 senior housing facilities, eight home health care agencies and four hospices serving 35 counties. More than 25,000 associates provide care to one in 11 Michigan residents. With a national headquarters in Novi, Trinity Health is an economic engine for the state with nearly $1.1 billion in payroll - and $1.2 billion in capital investment planned through 2011.

Trinity Health is a leader in quality and safety improvements with 90 percent of its clinical quality indicators above the mean. Trinity Health has pioneered a comprehensive health care IT initiative and has successfully launched electronic health record systems in 11 hospitals. Operationally, Trinity Health is reducing the cost of care through aggressive expense reduction, smarter purchasing and improvements in efficiency.

And as a Catholic-sponsored organization, Trinity Health is improving care for the poor and uninsured - spending nearly $142 million on programs for the poor and community outreach last year in Michigan.

Nationally, Trinity Health is the fourth-largest Catholic health care system with 44 acute-care hospitals, 379 outpatient facilities, 26 long-term care facilities, and numerous home health offices and hospice programs based in seven states. Employing 44,000 full-time staff, Trinity Health reported $6.1 billion in unrestricted revenue and $323.0 million in community benefits in fiscal year 2007. For more information about Trinity Health, visit www.trinity-health.org.

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