MISHAWAKA – Franciscan Alliance announced today that its healthcare system, one of the largest Catholic healthcare systems in the Midwest, will now be known as Franciscan Health, effective Monday.
In Crawfordsville, this means the name is changing from Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health – Crawfordsville to simply Franciscan Health Crawfordsville.
The parent organization will remain Franciscan Alliance, but like Crawfordsville, most (12) of the 14 system hospitals will be renamed.
* Franciscan St. Anthony Health - Crown Point will become Franciscan Health Crown Point
* Franciscan St. Anthony Health - Michigan City will become Franciscan Health Michigan City
* Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health - Lafayette Central will become Franciscan Health Lafayette Central
* Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health - Lafayette East will become Franciscan Health Lafayette East
* Franciscan St. Francis Health - Carmel will become Franciscan Health Carmel
* Franciscan St. Francis Health - Indianapolis will become Franciscan Health Indianapolis
* Franciscan St. Francis Health - Mooresville will become Franciscan Health Mooresville
* Franciscan St. James Health - Chicago Heights will become Franciscan Health Chicago Heights (Ill.)
* Franciscan St. James Health - Olympia Fields will become Franciscan Health Olympia Fields (Ill.)
* Franciscan St. Margaret Health - Dyer will become Franciscan Health Dyer
* Franciscan St. Margaret Health - Hammond will become Franciscan Health Hammond
Franciscan Health Munster and Franciscan Health Rensselaer will retain their current names, which are consistent with the protocol.
The refinement of the Franciscan Alliance hospital names reinforces and reflects an integrated and aligned approach, better able to project the strength and resources of the Franciscan Alliance system, ultimately improving patient safety, patient satisfaction and the quality of care.
According to Sister Jane Marie Klein, O.S.F., chairwoman of the Franciscan Alliance Board of Trustees, the new names retain and reflect the Franciscan heritage and identity of the founding Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration.
"The evolution of our hospital names is important because it further underscores the combined strength of our system, offering patients and their families a full continuum of high-quality, compassionate care," Sister Jane Marie said. "Franciscan Health, like Franciscan Alliance, creates a unified and memorable name acknowledging our faith-based mission: Continuing Christ's Ministry in our Franciscan Tradition."
Franciscan Health serves more than 1.3 million patients throughout Indiana, Illinois and Michigan each year.
This is a strategic and necessary action in the new and evolving healthcare environment in which system alignment matters. While Franciscan Alliance has always been a large system, it has not previously endeavored to emphasize its shared capabilities. In addition to enhancing healthcare quality and cost effectiveness, broad system-wide awareness will better enable the system - and each Franciscan Alliance hospital - to attract the best clinicians and staff.
"Unified names for each hospital will create broader awareness of our standing as a large, multistate Catholic healthcare system with nationally recognized centers of excellence, numerous joint ventures, partnerships and physician relationships," said Kevin Leahy, president and CEO of Franciscan Alliance. "The evolution of our hospital names further reflects our commitment assuring that the services we offer and our access points match ever more closely the needs of the people and communities we serve."
Leahy stressed that changes to hospital signage, literature and business systems will be accomplished over time to minimize expenses.
For more information, visit FranciscanHealth.org.