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St. Francis hospitals getting Franciscan Alliance name

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Sisters of St. Francis Health Services Inc., which operates three hospitals in the Indianapolis area, has decided to change its name to Franciscan Alliance.

The Mishawaka-based system, which has 13 hospitals in Indiana and Illinois, announced the decision of its board of directors Monday morning. The announcement comes after months of consumer research—and six months after rival system Clarian Health said it would change its name to Indiana University Health.

Beginning in early 2011, all St. Francis hospitals will have the name Franciscan added to their logos, with the historic name of each hospital written below it. For example, St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers in Indianapolis will now be called Franciscan/St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers in Indianapolis.

The logos will keep the Tau, a symbol of Francis of Assisi, the 13th-century Catholic saint for whom the hospital system is named.

The new name is expected to "broaden awareness of the system’s comprehensive, high-quality health care services and highly regarded compassionate care,”  Sister M. Jane Marie Klein, chairwoman of the hospital system’s board of trustees, said in a statement. The hospital system is a not-for-profit entity owned by the order of nuns, the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration.

“With the many dramatic changes taking place across the nation’s health care landscape, a simple, but meaningful, unified name better affirms our standing as a large, multi-state Catholic health care system with nationally recognized centers of excellence and numerous joint ventures and physician relationships,” Franciscan Alliance CEO Kevin Leahy said.

The Franciscan Alliance employs 18,200, including 556 physicians, and it expects to grow its physician team to more than 630 physicians next year.

It will take about a year for the hospital system to fully transition all its signage, said spokesman Joe Stuteville.

Clarian Health has said its name change also will take effect in early 2011.

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  • Whatever
    Yea. As an employee i have to say, st. franciscan formaly known as st. james Hospital has outstanding suervice. we dedicate our time in helping our patients have the best experience possible. I apologize for the bill but there are more steps to take than to trash talk a hospital just because you have had one bad experience
  • Exceptional
    I have to disagree with the two previous comments. I have lived in Indianapolis for five years and when it comes to my health, there is no other hospital I would trust. I have also visited another hospital run by the Franciscan Alliance, where I received the same amazing service I do at St. Francis in Indianapolis. Although the name change is will cause some confusion, I believe it is a step in the right direction in order to unite the large system. I appreciate all of their hard work and it is comforting to know there is a reliable hospital I can turn to in an emergency.
  • Call it whatever...
    ... I will still give them the middle finger salute every time I pass their hospital on 65. I have not and will not forgive them for randomly sending me bills from their ER (despite the fact that I never ever went there for any services) and then went out of their way to be unhelpful when I tried to resolve it. Agree with Jim, Catholic Saint my rear.
  • What is in a Name
    I think St. Francis is doing a name change to mask behind the poor service, and poor patient care it has come to offer this past decade or so. Unlike Indiana University Health which enhances the names of those hospitals assoicated with it, Franciscan needs to do a whole lot more than change its name. As it is now, they sure don't live up to the name of the Catholic Saint for which it takes it name.

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