July/August 2007

Mary Chiles Hospital Becomes Part of Saint Joseph


Mary Chiles Hospital, Mt. Sterling, Ky., officially transitioned to Saint Joseph HealthCare, Lexington, Ky., on August 1. The 63-bed, nonprofit, acute care hospital will be renamed Saint Joseph Mount Sterling. The agreement will also result in a new, replacement hospital expected to be complete within three years. The transition resulted from months of negotiations and due diligence work. The two organizations have been in exclusive discussions since September 2006, when Mary Chiles Hospital first approached Saint Joseph to explore a potential relationship.

“This affiliation with Mary Chiles is consistent with Saint Joseph’s bold vision that was established in our recent strategic plan,” said Gene Woods, president and chief executive officer of Saint Joseph. “Our goal is to work in partnership with hospitals in surrounding communities to develop innovative models for patients to receive the highest quality of care closer to home. Now with Mary Chiles, Saint Joseph Hospital, Saint Joseph East, Saint Joseph Berea and the upcoming Saint Joseph Jessamine, patients all over central and eastern Kentucky will have access to Saint Joseph quality care.”

Patrick Romano, chief executive officer of Mary Chiles, said that the mission and goals of Mary Chiles, Saint Joseph and Catholic Health Initiatives are aligned. “The combined strengths of Mary Chiles and Saint Joseph, together with a new facility, will offer the latest in health care here in Mt. Sterling,” he said.

Miller Hoffman, chair of the Mary Chiles board, said, “Mary Chiles approached Saint Joseph because of their unsurpassed reputation and quality of patient care. This level of care, coupled with the technology and services that will come with our new hospital, will serve the residents of our area well for decades to come.”