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College Station Medical Center will become part of CHI St. Joseph Health system

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Published: May. 23, 2019 at 2:58 PM CDT
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College Station Medical Center is expected to become a part of CHI St. Joseph Health this year.

Subsidiaries of Community Health Systems Inc. signed an agreement Thursday for the acquisition, which should be complete in the third quarter of 2019. The process should not interrupt the day-to-day operations of any facilities.

“CHI St. Joseph is excited by the possibility of bringing College Station Medical Center into our system, “ said Theron Park, president and CEO of CHI St. Joseph Health. “This potential alignment can ensure that our healthcare facilities have a strong, sustainable future in the Brazos Valley. In a challenging and changing healthcare environment, this will improve access and service to the College Station community. It also gives us the opportunity to invest capital and expand services at College Station Medical Center, which will only enhance the health of the community and strengthen delivery of healthcare in the Brazos Valley, while also expanding access to the CHI St. Joseph and Texas A&M Health Network,” Park said.

According to emails from the CEOs of both hospitals to employees, CHI St. Joseph Health plans to offer employment to substantially all employees of the College Station Medical Center, and medical staff privileges of physicians should not change.

“College Station Medical Center and CHI St. Joseph Health have a solid working relationship,” said America Farrell, Chief Executive Officer, College Station Medical Center. “CHI St. Joseph Health is a high quality institution and we are excited by the possibility of working together to build upon the experience and care we provide for patients in College Station.”

In an email to employees and volunteers, Farrell said CHI St. Joseph Health agreed to purchase the assets of the College Station Medical Center. Following the purchase, College Station Medical Center will operate as a Catholic healthcare facility. College Station Medical Center currently operates as a for-profit hospital.

In an email to staff, President and CEO Theron Park said, “Through the transfer, CHI St. Joseph Health has committed to preserve existing physician relationships in the community and build new ones as we work to strengthen the health care ministry in the Brazos Valley. Medical staff privileges of the physicians at CSMC are expected to be unaffected by the transfer. “

Park furthered, “There is much work to be done, but we believe this is the right path for ensuring the viability of top quality, cost-effective health care services and continuing our Mission of Catholic health care for the communities we serve. Over the past year, we have seen much growth and new opportunities through our enhanced relationship with Texas A&M University. This work of integrating CSMC is another important milestone in the 82 year story of our health system.”

CHI St. Joseph Health is a 236-bed regional hospital with a Level II Trauma Center. College Station Medical Center is a 167-bed community hospital with a Level III Trauma Center.

The following is a press release from CHI St. Joseph Health and the College Station Medical Center:
Subsidiaries of Community Health Systems Inc. (NYSE: CYH) have signed an agreement for College Station Medical Center (CSMC) to soon become part of CHI St. Joseph Health. The agreement was signed today, May 23 and the transfer is expected to be complete in the third quarter of this calendar year. “CHI St. Joseph is excited by the possibility of bringing College Station Medical Center into our system, “ said Theron Park, president and CEO of CHI St. Joseph Health. “This potential alignment can ensure that our healthcare facilities have a strong, sustainable future in the Brazos Valley. In a challenging and changing healthcare environment, this will improve access and service to the College Station community. It also gives us the opportunity to invest capital and expand services at College Station Medical Center, which will only enhance the health of the community and strengthen delivery of healthcare in the Brazos Valley, while also expanding access to the CHI St. Joseph and Texas A&M Health Network,” Park said. “College Station Medical Center and CHI St. Joseph Health have a solid working relationship,” said America Farrell, Chief Executive Officer, College Station Medical Center. “CHI St. Joseph Health is a high quality institution and we are excited by the possibility of working together to build upon the experience and care we provide for patients in College Station.” CHI St. Joseph Health is a 236-bed regional hospital with a Level II Trauma Center. College Station Medical Center is a 167-bed community hospital with a Level III Trauma Center. College Station Medical Center will operate as a Catholic healthcare facility once the transfer is complete. The discussions do not affect day-to-day operations at any of the facilities at this time. The organizations anticipate having more information to share once the transfer is complete. ABOUT CHI ST. JOSEPH HEALTH: CHI St. Joseph Health includes a comprehensive network of over 100 employed providers including primary care physicians, specialists and advanced practice clinicians. CHI St. Joseph Health is comprised of four hospitals across the Brazos Valley, including Regional Hospital in Bryan-College Station, home to a Level II Major Trauma Center, the highest in the region. As an active member of the Brazos Valley, CHI St. Joseph Health is a leader in providing compassionate care as well as addressing the overall health of the community. It is part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) which recently joined with Dignity Health to form CommonSpirit Health, a new nonprofit national health system committed to advancing the health of all people and dedicated to serving the common good. Learn more about CHI St. Joseph Health at CHIStJoseph.org. ABOUT COLLEGE STATION MEDICAL CENTER: College Station Medical Center, also known as 'The Med', is a community health care provider, a 167-bed facility and a licensed Level III Trauma center. College Station Medical Center is the only hospital in the Brazos Valley Region to receive national certification in Joint Replacement from The Joint Commission. The Med is also an accredited Chest Pain with PCI Center, a certified Primary Stroke Center and a certified bariatric center.
The following is an email from CHI St. Joseph Health CEO Theron Park to employees:
Dear CHI St. Joseph Health Team Members: I’m pleased to share that earlier today, CHI St. Joseph Health and subsidiaries of Community Health Systems Inc. signed an agreement for College Station Medical Center (CSMC) to soon become part of CHI St. Joseph Health. The transfer is expected to be complete in the third quarter of this calendar year. CHI St. Joseph Health intends to offer employment to substantially all members of the CSMC staff in good standing, subject to our routine employment screening and verification process. As a part of CHI St. Joseph Health, CSMC will become a Catholic hospital and will share our Mission, vision, values and charity care practices. Through the transfer, CHI St. Joseph Health has committed to preserve existing physician relationships in the community and build new ones as we work to strengthen the health care ministry in the Brazos Valley. Medical staff privileges of the physicians at CSMC are expected to be unaffected by the transfer. There is much work to be done, but we believe this is the right path for ensuring the viability of top quality, cost-effective health care services and continuing our Mission of Catholic health care for the communities we serve. Over the past year, we have seen much growth and new opportunities through our enhanced relationship with Texas A&M University. This work of integrating CSMC is another important milestone in the 82 year story of our health system. We are reminded by the Sisters of St. Francis that, during these times of change, we must find balance as we stand on the shoulders of those who came before us. Our basic philosophy always has been and always will be…put the patient first! Thank you for your anticipated patience and strength in the face of change and uncertainty! We will keep you updated as the transaction develops over the weeks ahead. Theron Park President & CEO CHI St. Joseph Health

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