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Monday, May 14, 2012, 5:53 pm

St. Joseph Health System changes name

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    St. Joseph Health System, which owns and operates Santa Rosa Memorial, Queen of the Valley and Petaluma Valley hospitals in the North Bay, is officially dropping “system” from its formal name, which is now just St. Joseph Health.

    The Orange-based system, which oversees has 14 hospitals across California, Texas and New Mexico, said the name change reflects its broader health care goals. 

    “This new name embraces the spirit of our new networks of care, which focus not just on hospitals, but on the broader delivery of health care through our medical groups, outpatient services and other health care programs,” said Kevin Klockenga, executive vice president of the Northern California region for St. Joseph Health, in a statement.

    In Sonoma County, St. Joseph Health operates three urgent care centers, hospice and palliative care services, primary care and a range of outpatient surgical and diagnostic care. That’s in addition to Santa Rosa Memorial, the county’s largest hospital and region’s only level II trauma center.

    In Napa County, St. Joseph Health operates Queen of the Valley Medical Center. The 191-bed facility houses the area’s only level III trauma center, the Peggy Herman Neuroscience Center, a regional heart center, a regional cancer center accredited by the American College of Surgeons and other acute care services. Services also include occupational health, imaging, wound care, a medical fitness center.

    St. Joseph Health said it began a transformation to “more collaborative networks of care” several years ago, when it committed to a two-pronged model — focused both on alleviating and treating illness, while also supporting prevention, well-being across a broad continuum of care, and healthier communities. 

    “It’s important to note that we are changing our name, but the mission of our founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, remains the same,” Mr. Klockenga said. “Our dedication to extending the healing ministry of Jesus is very much at the heart of all that we do.”

    St. Joseph Health employs 3,790 staff members across Sonoma and Napa counties — 2,365 in Sonoma and 1,495 in Napa. St. Joseph Health has now become a $4.2 billion, 14-hospital system. Hospitals in Northern California include:

    • St. Joseph Health, Petaluma Valley
    • St. Joseph Health, Queen of the Valley, Napa
    • St. Joseph Health, St. Joseph Hospital, Eureka
    • St. Joseph Health, Redwood Memorial, Fortuna
    • St. Joseph Health, Santa Rosa Memorial

    Hospitals in Southern California include:

    • St. Joseph Health, Mission Hospital, Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach
    • St. Joseph Health, St. Joseph Hospital, Orange
    • St. Joseph Health, St. Jude Medical Center, Fullerton
    • St. Joseph Health, St. Mary, Apple Valley

    The network also encompasses Covenant Health, which has five hospitals serving west Texas and eastern New Mexico.

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