Presence Health is New Name for Provena and Resurrection
By Jim Meadows
The two Provena hospitals in Urbana and Danville are now officially operating as Presence hospitals. It is the end result of the 2011 merger of two Catholic healthcare chains --- Provena Health and Resurrection Healthcare.
The new Presence Health is the largest Catholic health facility in Illinois. It has facilities in Chicago and suburbs, Joliet, Kankakee, the Fox River Valley region and east-central Illinois.
Presence Health describes itself as a non-for-profit health system, encompassing 12 hospitals, 27 senior care locations, more than 500 employed physicians and 90 primary and specialty care clinics, extensive home health services, and a fully accredited non-for-profit specialty school for health sciences (Resurrection University in Oak Park).
Mike Brown is the regional president and CEO for what is now Presence Covenant Medical Center in Urbana and Presence United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville. The signs on the two hospitals still say Provena, but Brown said new signs are coming soon.
With the new name, Presence Health is launching a new care model, which Brown describes as patient-centered --- similar to the Patient-Centered Medical Home model -- instead of disease-centered. Brown said at Presence Health, patients are active participants in their own care ---- receiving services meant to focus on their specific needs.
“I would give you a for-instance, to say that if you’ve ever been a patient in a hospital, that when the nurses change, you notice the change in nurses,” said Brown. “But you really weren’t present as they talked about your care from shift to shift. Today, we do those things by your bed. “
As part of the new patient-centered care model, Presence Health is also launching one of the first Medicare Accountable Care Organizations --- or A-C-O’s --- in Illinois. They are included in the federal Affordable Care Act as a way to better coordinate care for Medicare patients.
Brown said Presence Health will be launching a marketing campaign in April to introduce their new brand. Their new website is at presencehealth.org.