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Providence St. Joseph Health Brings Southern California Networks Together

09.11.2017 St. Joseph Hoag Health

Unified region will provide greater access, enhanced services and more outreach to poor and vulnerable

Providence St. Joseph Health has announced that it will bring its Southern California health care networks in Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino counties together in an effort to improve health outcomes across the region and coordinate programs. Erik G. Wexler, chief executive of the Providence Health & Services Los Angeles Region, will lead the combined entity, and will work on a transition plan with Richard Afable, MD, chief executive of the Orange County network, who recently announced his retirement planned for the end of December.

Providence St. Joseph Health was formed in 2016 when not-for-profit health care systems Providence Health & Services and St. Joseph Health formed a new organization, which currently serves communities through 50 hospitals across seven states. Bringing the three county networks together will help PSJH combine each region’s capabilities and better address health and social needs across the Southland – while also meeting the specific needs of each community it serves.

“As one region, we will substantially strengthen our footprint, forming a continuous network of care that spans three major counties,” says Wexler. “This new region will bring together the talents of many caregivers, greatly expand access to services and allow us to work together to more effectively meet the needs of our most vulnerable populations.”

Providence St. Joseph Health's Southern California region includes 14 hospitals, 26 urgent care centers, 60 physician clinics, and a broad range of senior services, behavioral health initiatives, and community programs providing direct services to local communities. The region provided a combined $692 million in community benefit and charity care spending in 2016 for initiatives that impact homelessness, healthy eating, access to care, and other social determinants of health.

Other changes announced by Providence St. Joseph Health include additional responsibilities for Kevin Manemann, president and CEO of St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare, the St. Joseph Health physician network for the state of California. Manemann will now oversee physician ambulatory network and support services for the entire state, including the Providence Los Angeles physician networks, and St. Joseph Health’s New Mexico/Texas physician network as well. Home health and hospice services in Orange County will align with Providence Senior and Community Services to form a new division led by Robert Hellrigel, chief executive, Providence Senior and Community Services and John Bennett, newly announced chief strategy and integration officer.