Saint Francis Care plans to join Ascension Health Care Network and the medical organizations have signed a letter of intent.
According to a news release from Saint Francis, Ascension Health Care Network is an affiliate of Ascension Health Alliance, the largest Catholic health system in the nation.
“We are very pleased that we and Ascension Health Care Network are pursuing the opportunity to join together,” Christopher Dadlez, president and chief executive officer, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, said. “This step follows a thorough examination of how best to ensure that the people we serve in our communities continue to receive a lifetime of the very best care possible.”
Saint Francis Care includes Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, The Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute, the Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut, the Saint Francis/Mount Sinai Regional Cancer Center, and the Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research.
Leo P. Brideau, president and CEO of Ascension Health Care Network, said the health network and St. Francis share a common goal of “providing high-quality, efficient care that responds to people’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs while aggressively advocating for the well-being of our patients and their families, and ensuring healthcare is available to those who are poor and vulnerable. We believe this relationship has the potential to improve healthcare at both the state and regional level.”
The specific terms of the letter of intent have not been released.