Will explore opportunities for joint programs and initiatives
OWENSBORO, Ky. (Dec. 15, 2015) — Owensboro Health and St. Mary’s Health, based in Evansville, Ind., today announced an agreement to establish a clinical alliance. The alliance is focused on improving the health of the respective communities served by the organizations through collaboration on clinical best practices, operational efficiency and access to care.
“The alliance represents a tremendous opportunity for both organizations to further our missions and do so in a way that is cost-effective and advances clinical quality,” said Philip Patterson, FACHE, Owensboro Health’s president and CEO.
The organizations will work together to identify ways of enhancing their respective clinical services and explore opportunities for joint programs and initiatives. St. Mary’s, in connection with St. Vincent Health in Indianapolis, is a member of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system.
“We share similar cultures with core missions of providing high quality clinical care,” said Keith Jewell, president of St. Mary’s Health. “This affiliation will allow both organizations to collaborate and share best practices to enhance quality and access to care, operate more efficiently and achieve advances in medicine and the health of our communities.”
Although affiliated, each health system will remain independent and continue to be responsible for its own assets, operations and liabilities. Neither party nor its Board of Directors will have any legal responsibility over the other. Each organization shall continue to be operated under the direction and control of its respective governing board. Funding and operational management for new programs and services developed under the alliance will be mutually determined and jointly agreed upon.