Hospitals Will Collaborate to Enhance Health Care in Region

Tucson, Ariz. – February 18, 2010 – Carondelet Health Network and Sierra Vista Regional Health Center announced today the execution of a formal Integrative Network Agreement effective April 17, 2010. This agreement will enable the two health care providers to combine strengths and deliver quality health care to tens of thousands of residents across southeastern Arizona.
Carondelet Health Network (CHN) operates four hospitals in southern Arizona, as well as the Carondelet Neurological Institute, 20 primary care and specialty care offices, two ambulatory surgery centers and various outpatient services. Sierra Vista Regional Health Center (SVRHC) is an 88-bed Joint Commission accredited community hospital located in Sierra Vista. The two organizations have long worked together as partners.
This agreement will allow these two long-established healthcare providers to work more proactively in their efforts to share resources, ideas, knowledge and experience leading to the very best quality care and outcomes for patients.
“As a nonprofit Catholic healthcare system, Carondelet has been blessed to serve the needs of hundreds of thousands of residents in southern Arizona – a Mission to Heal that began with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet 130 years ago,” noted Ruth W. Brinkley, President and Chief Executive Officer of Carondelet Health Network. “Our affiliation with Sierra Vista Regional Health Center will only make us both stronger and help us fulfill our commitment to Carondelet 2020, our promise to transform healthcare in southern Arizona through more efficient and effective use of our resources.”
SVRHC has a rich history of providing care to Sierra Vista, Ft. Huachuca and surrounding communities since its inception as a not-for-profit hospital in 1963. “For almost half a century, our caring and devoted staff, knowledgeable and committed physicians, and strong leadership have been providing quality care to the residents of Sierra Vista and the surrounding communities,” stated Margaret Hepburn, Chief Executive Officer/President of SVRHC. “We are
privileged to take care of our patients during life’s most fragile moments and together, through this affiliation, we will strengthen our joint commitment to our patients.”

Carondelet Health Network, located in Tucson, Arizona, is a Catholic, nonprofit health care system dedicated to responding to the health care needs of Southern Arizonans. With a Mission to Heal, Carondelet was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet 130 years ago. Carondelet Health Network entities include Carondelet St. Mary's Hospital, Carondelet St. Joseph's Hospital, Carondelet Neurological Institute, and Tucson Heart Hospital in Tucson and Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital in Nogales, Arizona. Other Carondelet services include twenty primary care and specialty practice locations, an ambulatory surgery center and various outpatient services. Carondelet Health Network is a ministry of Ascension Health, the nation's largest Catholic, non-profit health care system. In Fiscal Year 2009, Carondelet provided over $43 Million (8.1 percent of its net revenue) in Community Benefit to improve the health of our community and increase access to health care. More information about Carondelet Health Network, Carondelet Neurological Institute, and Carondelet Medical Group is available at