The newly created Saint Alphonsus Health System aims to enable its four-member hospitals to share resources, services and expertise.
Parent organization Trinity Health of Novi, Mich., about seven months ago announced the plan, and in an April 6 release said the new entity is in place. Saint Alphonsus Health System includes Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center based in Boise, Mercy Medical Center based in Nampa, Holy Rosary Medical Center based in Ontario, Ore., and St. Elizabeth Health Services based in Baker City, Ore.
The new system will continue the local governance of each community’s partner hospital, and current local ministry boards will stay in place. A new board will be created to provide governance for Saint Alphonsus Health System.
Sally Jeffcoat, president and CEO of Saint Alphonsus Health System, said there will be opportunities for Saint Alphonsus Health System’s caregivers to exchange ideas and best clinical practices, and to engage in shared services such as clinical education, common electronic health records and tele-pharmacy.
“The regional approach will strengthen the long-term financial viability of each hospital, and Saint Alphonsus Health System will invest in excess of $40 million to advance the health care practices of Mercy Medical Center, Holy Rosary Medical Center and St. Elizabeth Health Services,” she said. The four hospitals combined will have more “healing power” united under one mission-driven system than they would have alone, she said.
Other financial details were not disclosed.
Jeffcoat said system coordination will provide “an expansion of accessible health services, and continuous improvements in quality of care and patient safety.”