Saint John’s Health Center Becomes Newest Providence Hospital As Vatican Leaders And State Attorney General Approve Transition

February 27, 2014

SANTA MONICA  (Feb. 27, 2014)  – Following the approval by church and state officials, Providence Health & Services, Southern California, will assume sponsorship Saturday of Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica from the SCL Health System.

Founded in 1942 by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, Saint John’s will be renamed Providence Saint John’s Health Center and will become the sixth Providence hospital in the Los Angeles Area and the 33rd in the five Western states served by Renton, Wash.-based Providence Health & Services.

A private ceremony is planned Friday to mark the transition and to welcome Providence Saint John’s and the John Wayne Cancer Institute to Providence. Aside from cancer care, Providence Saint John’s is widely known for excellence in women’s health, orthopedics, neuroscience and cardiology.

The 266-bed Providence Saint John’s, recognized nationwide for its quality care, has been named among America’s 50 Best Hospitals for the past eight years by Healthgrades, a leading consumer ratings agency. The hospital has approximately 1,600 employees and 1,000 physicians on staff.

“The John Wayne Cancer Institute has a unique ability to rapidly turn scientific discoveries into novel approaches for early detection and effective treatments, and we look forward to working with Providence to expand our efforts to reach new horizons in cancer research that can improve care for patients everywhere,” said Patrick Wayne, chairman of the institute’s board of directors.

“We are grateful to our new sponsors for their commitment to continuing the great tradition of our founding sisters and for bringing a new energy to our philanthropic efforts,” said John M. Robertson, M.D., chairman of the Saint John’s Health Center Foundation. “Providence has a very good reputation for working with its communities to enhance its hospitals with the latest equipment to ensure quality and to fund programs that serve our patients and their families when they’re most vulnerable.”

For information, visit Providence Saint John’s.