A more than century-old hospital in Kokomo has a new name. St. Joseph Kokomo is now St.Vincent Kokomo. Officials say the decision more clearly reflects the hospital's affiliation with Ascension Health Inc.-owned St.Vincent Health. May 19, 2015

News Release

KOKOMO, Ind. – Today, St.Joseph Kokomo and St.Vincent officials announced that St.Joseph Kokomo has changed its name to St.Vincent Kokomo, effective immediately.

“Changing our hospital's name to St.Vincent Kokomo more clearly shows our affiliation with St.Vincent and our physicians within St.Vincent Medical Group,” said Margie Johnson, interim regional president for St.Vincent Kokomo. “However, our mission, heritage and commitment to those we serve in Kokomo and surrounding areas, especially to those who are poor and vulnerable, will remain unchanged.”

St.Vincent Kokomo, a member of Ascension, the nation's largest Catholic and not-for-profit health system, has served residents in Howard County and surrounding areas for more than a century. Founded in 1913 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Tipton, who in their desire to serve, responded to a request to start a hospital in Kokomo. The Sisters served all those in need, regardless of their religious beliefs or ability to pay.

In 1994, the Sisters of St. Joseph began looking for a partner and found in the Daughters of Charity someone with a similar mission. The alliance they formed is what is known today as St.Vincent.

Throughout the past 100 years, the faith-based hospital in Kokomo has grown the services offered to the community. In particular, patients can seek care for cancer, cardiovascular services, emergency care, home care, hospice, immediate care, maternity services, medical imaging, mental and behavioral health, outpatient services, rehabilitation services, respiratory care, women's health and wound treatment.

“We are grateful to the heritage the Sisters of St. Joseph have brought to St.Vincent Kokomo and the community,” said Jonathan Nalli, chief executive officer for St.Vincent. “To provide safe, high quality care, our ministries must have a strong regional presence, integrated physician relationships and capabilities across the healthcare continuum. St.Vincent Kokomo will remain dedicated to providing spiritually-centered, holistic care, that sustains and furthers both individual and community health.”

In recent years, the faith-based hospital has achieved recognition from the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and Modern Healthcare magazine as a “Best Place to Work.” In addition, St.Vincent Kokomo became the only hospital in Howard County to be accredited as both a Chest Pain Center and a Stroke Center of Excellence.

St.Vincent Kokomo

St.Vincent Kokomo is a 167-bed acute care hospital staffed by nearly 1,000 skilled associates, including more than 200 highly trained physicians. Care provided by St.Vincent Kokomo is spiritually-centered and holistic to sustain and improve the health of individuals and communities through the full continuum of care, from the moment of conception to the end of life. St.Vincent Kokomo is a member of St.Vincent, one of the largest healthcare systems in Indiana, and Ascension, the nation's largest Catholic and non-profit health system in the country. The ageless mission of St.Vincent Kokomo is to minister to the minds, bodies and spirits of those in need, regardless of religion.

About Ascension

Ascension (www.ascension.org) is a Catholic healthcare organization dedicated to the transformation of healthcare through excellent clinical care throughout the continuum of care and through innovation. Ascension is the nation's largest Catholic and non-profit health system, providing the highest quality care to all with special attention to those who are poor and vulnerable. Last year, Ascension provided $1.8 billion in care of persons living in poverty and community benefit programs. Its Mission-focused Health Ministries employ more than 153,000 associates serving in more than 1,900 sites of care in 23 states and the District of Columbia. Ascension's direct subsidiaries provide services that include healthcare delivery, medical equipment management, treasury management, resource and supply management, venture capital investing, physician practice management, and risk management.

Source: St.Vincent Kokomo

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