March/April 2007

Saint Clare’s Health System Joins Catholic Health Initiatives

Saint Clare’s Health System, the largest community health system in northwest New Jersey, has entered into an agreement to join Catholic Health Initiatives. Saint Clare’s operates four hospital campuses and other health facilities throughout northwest New Jersey.

“After intensive discussions with a number of leading national organizations, we are honored to partner with Catholic Health Initiatives and pleased to work with them in furthering the mission of Catholic-based health care here in New Jersey,” said Gary Blan, president and chief executive officer of Saint Clare’s Health System. “Both Catholic Health Initiatives and Saint Clare’s share a common mission to serve the sick and vulnerable, making this ‘marriage’ a natural fit for our organizations. We are confident that this new relationship will be beneficial for our employees, patients and our community, and provide us the ability to meet the demands of our neighbors both now and in the future.”

“We are pleased to welcome Saint Clare’s Health System into Catholic Health Initiatives as they help us to extend the reach of our ministry,” said Kevin Lofton, FACHE, president and chief executive officer of Catholic Health Initiatives. “The extensive synergies between our organizations — in mission, vision and values — are amazing, and this partnership promises to advance the healing missions of both organizations.”

Saint Clare’s expects to officially join Catholic Health Initiatives in June, pending approval from its corporate parent, Marian Health System of Tulsa, Okla., as well as the completion of due diligence and regulatory approval.

Saint Clare’s Health System is a ministry of the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother. Its four hospital campuses are located in Boonton Township, Denville, Dover and Sussex, N.J. Saint Clare’s has 3,500 employees and a medical staff of more than 700.