As you celebrate the holidays with your families and friends, your health and the health of the ones you love may be something for which you are extremely thankful. At Carondelet Health Network, we celebrate your health and wellness as well. It is our goal as this community’s longest-standing healthcare provider to remain a vital part of ensuring the healthcare needs of Tucsonans and Southern Arizonans.

Carondelet’s commitment to this community goes back 131 years -- to 1880 -- when the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet were first asked by Bishop Salpointe to open and operate St. Mary’s Hospital. Since then, Carondelet has become the largest Catholic, not-for-profit healthcare system in Southern Arizona -- with four hospitals, an ambulatory surgery center, 20-plus primary and specialty care medical offices, a wide array of outpatient services, robust rural telemedicine program, home health care offerings, hospice and palliative care, community health, wellness and education initiatives, and a partnership in Mercy Care, a local health coverage plan. Our commitment to this community and this region has never wavered. We are driven by an uncompromising passion to fulfill our healthcare mission.

In 2012, Carondelet will introduce a revitalization plan meant to place our Ministry on a path to stability, growth, and renewal -- in what we all recognize are economically challenging times. These efforts will require some consolidation of select services and programs and, in turn, a reduction in our workforce. Carondelet will provide extensive assistance to the associates who will be displaced because of these changes. Our Human Resources team will work diligently with each individual for placement internally within our Network, and we will partner with Pima County One Stop for external placement as well as career counseling and job search services. We are committed to treating all associates with dignity and respect throughout this transition.

Our plans also include initiatives to enhance the Network’s emphasis on patient-centered care. These include expanding and enhancing some key service lines, providing more care in ambulatory settings and increasing our community health, education and wellness efforts.

These are necessary steps in strengthening and positioning our Ministry for the future. One of Carondelet’s greatest strengths is our capacity as a Ministry to meet the healthcare needs of Southern Arizonans with compassionate and high quality care. One of our greatest opportunities is to better position ourselves to provide that care in the most cost efficient ways.

We recognize our decisions to consolidate select services will have an impact on some of our patients and their families, and we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.

For 131 years, Carondelet has demonstrated its commitment to this community and to the mission and values of our founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Throughout the past century, the Sisters have never shied away from making tough decisions required to maintain the viability and vitality of this Ministry. The decisions we make now are meant to both protect this legacy and enhance our mission for years to come.