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Published on July 29, 2016

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Fiona Phelan
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Fifth hospital to join the regional health ministry


(HARTFORD, Conn. – July 29, 2016)  – Today, Waterbury-based Saint Mary’s Health System officially joined Trinity Health - New England, becoming the fifth hospital to affiliate with the regional health ministry.  

            The state Department of Public Health's Office of Health Care Access approved the transaction on July 27. Trinity Health - New England President and Chief Executive Officer Christopher M. Dadlez, FACHE, and Saint Mary's President and CEO Chad Wable signed legal documents consummating the transaction at Saint Mary's this morning. The transference of ownership is effective at 12:01 a.m., Monday, Aug. 1, 2016.

            Saint Mary’s joins Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital and other entities in Hartford, Johnson Memorial Hospital in Stafford Springs, and Sisters of Providence Health System/Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts, and all of their subsidiaries as members of Trinity Health - New England, which was established in October 2015. Together with Saint Mary's, Trinity Health – New England employs more than 10,000 colleagues, physicians and nurses in both Connecticut and Massachusetts. Each local part of the region works to maintain momentum around Trinity Health – New England's work improving population health, enhancing the patient care experience and controlling costs.

           “Today we celebrate another important milestone as we welcome another compassionate, caring partner to the Trinity Health - New England family,” said Dadlez. “Our new colleagues at Saint Mary’s will be integral partners in advancing our goal of offering people-centered health care closer to home."

            The completion of the ownership transfer concludes Saint Mary’s lengthy search for a strategic and begins a new chapter at the 107-year-old institution.

            “Becoming part of Trinity Health - New England will help Saint Mary's achieve our vision and accelerate the implementation of our strategic plan,” said Wable, who will retain his position as president of the hospital. “Trinity Health’s ‘People 2020’ strategy is perfectly aligned with ours, and joining Trinity Health - New England will help us with critical issues such as scale, resources, efficiency and expertise as we make the move towards population health."

            Saint Mary’s will maintain its own board of directors focused on the needs of its community. Trinity Health - New England is governed by a separate regional board of trustees comprised of local community representatives as well as physician and Catholic organization representatives.

            “The decision to become a part of Trinity Health – New England represents the culmination of a long and arduous process. I can say with great confidence and conviction that this is truly the best possible outcome for Saint Mary’s, our staff, and most importantly—the communities we serve,” said Robert J. Mazaika, chairman of the Saint Mary’s board of directors.

            A Unity Ceremony to celebrate the affiliation is planned for Sept. 8 at Saint Mary’s.

            Trinity Health established the New England regional health system in support of its efforts to strengthen Catholic health care in New England and to create a people-centered health system. Trinity Health – New England serves as a regional, Mission-driven, health ministry committed to innovations and initiatives that improve the health of individuals and communities in the region.

            “We're pleased to see our New England region take another step to advance people-centered care," said Scott Nordlund, executive vice president, Growth, Strategy and Innovation for Trinity Health. “Strategic growth is a priority for Trinity Health, and we look forward to Saint Mary’s joining us to strengthen our ability to care for our communities in New England.”

About Trinity Health - New England

Trinity Health - New England is an integrated nonprofit health care delivery system formed in 2015 and is a member of Trinity Health located in Livonia, MI, one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. Trinity Health - New England is comprised of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center and Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut; Johnson Memorial Medical Center, Johnson Memorial Hospital, and Johnson Health Care and Home & Community Health Services in Stafford Springs, Connecticut; and The Sisters of Providence Health System, which includes Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts; Providence Behavioral Health Hospital in Holyoke, Massachusetts; Weldon Rehabilitation Hospital, Springfield, Massachusetts; Brightside for Families and Children; and Mercy Continuing Care Network that includes Mercy Homecare, Mercy Hospice and Mercy LIFE.

About Saint Mary's Health System

Saint Mary’s Health System is a leading regional health care provider anchored by Saint Mary’s Hospital, a Catholic, not-for-profit, acute care, community teaching hospital that has served Greater Waterbury for more than 100 years. Licensed for 347 beds, Saint Mary’s is designated as a Level II Trauma Center, offers award-winning cardiac and stroke care and houses the region’s only pediatric emergency care unit. As the leading provider of surgical services in Greater Waterbury, Saint Mary’s was the first to introduce the daVinci® Robotic Surgery System. The health system’s satellites and affiliates extend from Waterbury to Wolcott, Naugatuck, Southbury, Prospect and Watertown.

About Trinity Health 

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states with 92 hospitals, 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $15.9 billion and assets of $23.4 billion, the organization returns about $1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity Health employs about 95,000 full-time employees, including 5,300 employed physicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity Health is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services — ranked by number of visits — in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs. For more information, visit You can also follow @TrinityHealthMI on Twitter.

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