MAGIC AT PROVIDENCE AND SAINT JOHN HOSPITAL
“... the transition from supervision and ownership of the Sister
of Charity Leavenworth to Prime Healthcare has been smooth, keeping the
Catholic character of the hospital with regard to its ethical practices,
the spirit of the Gospel, and following the Ethical and Religious Directives
of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops... Prime Healthcare
keeps its promises.” — Father Roger W. Schmit, Chaplain, Providence
Medical Center and Saint John Hospital.
Providence Medical Center and Saint John Hospital have had a face lift
and financial make-over. In just six months with Prime Healthcare, Saint
John went from reporting significant losses to breaking even. It follows
its sister hospital, Providence, which became a part of PHS six months
prior to the acquisition of Saint John.
“Everyone is looking for the magic in how we have accomplished so
much in such a short period of time,” said Randy Nyp, CEO of Providence
and Saint John. “But the magic is in the basics—working hard
to take care of our patients, reducing expenses and improving our revenues.
I am proud that my staff has pulled together to make this possible. I’m
sure we will face more challenges as we move forward, like all health
care providers, but we have a positive vision of the future and we are
very grateful that Prime saw the potential of Providence and Saint John
so that we can continue to serve the health care needs of the Wyandotte
and Leavenworth communities.”
Luis Leon, President of Operations at Prime Healthcare Services Division
II, attended a ceremony to celebrate the purchase of Providence and Saint
John in Kansas City. The nuns affiliated with the hospital were nervous
about the sale of their hospital, as it had been their passion and life’s
work, their home and their livelihood. They were wary about the facility
losing it’s religious ties and history and unsure about what it
meant to become part of a larger health system.
During the ceremony, one of the nuns approached Luis and handed him a bright
candle, signifying the passing of the hospital into the hands of Prime
Healthcare. He took the candle with care, understanding the importance
of this moment and appreciating the thoughtfulness and dedication of this
group of nuns.
When it came time for Luis to speak at the event, a member of the hospital
staff offered to hold the candle while Luis was at the podium. Luis gently
raised his hand, communicating to all that he, Dr. Reddy, and all of Prime
Healthcare would “seal the intention” of all that the candle
represented by caring for it and the hospitals, providing the best for
the staff, and the communities they serve.