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Presence Health Is Now Part of Ascension and AMITA Health

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March 13, 2018
Presence Health Is Now Part of Ascension and AMITA Health

(Arlington Heights, Ill., Chicago, and St. Louis) – Presence Health is now part of Ascension, the nation’s largest non-profit health system and the largest Catholic health system in the world, joining together to make patient care more accessible for Illinois residents.

Presence Health has added its medical centers, outpatient facilities and most other sites of care to the integrated health system of AMITA Health, a joint venture of Ascension’s Alexian Brothers Health System and Adventist Midwest Health, part of Adventist Health System. The skilled nursing, and assisted and independent living facilities of Presence Life Connections are now part of Ascension Living, Ascension’s senior care subsidiary.

“We are so pleased to welcome the associates, providers and volunteers of Presence Health to Ascension,” said Anthony R. Tersigni, EdD, FACHE, president and chief executive officer, Ascension. “By combining our strengths and learning from one another, we will strengthen Catholic healthcare and our ability to provide compassionate, personalized care in Illinois and in every community across the country where we are privileged to serve.”

“Presence Health and AMITA Health coming together strengthens our ability to deliver on our shared mission of serving all persons in our communities, with special attention to people living in poverty and those most vulnerable,” said Mark A. Frey, president and chief executive officer of AMITA Health and senior vice president of Ascension Healthcare, a division of Ascension. “AMITA Health associates and physicians are eager to begin working more closely with our Presence Health colleagues to provide the compassionate, holistic care our mission calls for in a more efficient way.”

As the Accountable Care Organization of Presence Health is integrated into AMITA Health, the combined strength will allow the organization to even more efficiently and effectively manage the health of large populations.

“Presence Health is proud to join a system with a similar mission and vision and a shared commitment to providing compassionate, quality care throughout our communities,” said Michael Englehart, president and chief executive officer of Presence Health. “We began this process to join Ascension and become part of AMITA Health months ago, and we are excited to now bring together our collective strengths to expand access to care, diversify our physician network and provide better value to our patients. This is a significant moment in our history and we look forward to our future journey with Ascension and AMITA Health.”

About AMITA Health
AMITA Health (www.AMITAhealth.org) is a joint operating company formed by Adventist Midwest Health, part of the Adventist Health System in Altamonte Springs, Florida, and Alexian Brothers Health System, a subsidiary of St. Louis-based Ascension. Headquartered in Arlington Heights, Illinois, AMITA Health employs over 12,000 associates committed to delivering the most efficient, highest quality, faith-based care at nine acute and specialty care hospitals and at more than 80 ambulatory/clinic locations. AMITA Health has an extensive provider network of over 3,000 hospital-affiliated physicians, and the AMITA Health Medical Group consists of over 500 multi-specialty employed physicians and associate practitioners, ranking it among the largest regional medical groups. AMITA Health's mission is to extend the healing ministry of Jesus by respecting the faith traditions of the many individuals and families it serves across suburban Chicago.

About Presence Health
Presence Health (www.PresenceHealth.org) is one of the largest Catholic health systems in Illinois, providing compassionate care to more than 4 million people, with over 150 sites of care, including 10 hospitals, and more than 14,000 associates and 4,000 medical professionals.

About Ascension
Ascension (www.ascension.org) is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. In FY2017, Ascension provided more than $1.8 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. Ascension includes approximately 165,000 associates and 40,000 aligned providers. Ascension’s Healthcare Division operates more than 2,600 sites of care – including 151 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities – in 22 states and the District of Columbia, while its Solutions Division provides a variety of services and solutions including physician practice management, venture capital investing, investment management, biomedical engineering, facilities management, clinical care management, information services, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization.

About Adventist Health System
With a sacred mission of Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ, Adventist Health System (AdventistHealthSystem.com) is a connected system of care for every stage of life and health. More than 80,000 skilled and compassionate caregivers in physician practices, hospitals, outpatient clinics, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies and hospice centers provide individualized, wholistic care. A Christian mission, shared vision, common values, focus on whole-person health and commitment to making communities healthier unify the system’s 45 hospital campuses and hundreds of care sites in diverse markets throughout nine states.