Health of hospitals: St. Vincent, Community adding projects, services

Don Knight | The Herald BulletinSt. Vincent Anderson hospital.

ANDERSON — St. Vincent Anderson will change its name to Ascension St. Vincent next year as part of a re-branding of the health care provider's facilities throughout Indiana, top executives announced on Tuesday.

Adopting the Ascension name "reflects the strength of being part of this national network." St. Vincent Health Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Nalli said in a statement.

St. John's Health System became part of St. Vincent Health in 2003. In 2013, the hospital's name was changed to St. Vincent Anderson Regional, and in 2016, 'regional" was dropped.

St. Vincent has been part of St. Louis-based Ascension since 1999.

"We don't have an exact time for when the the changes will occur," said Tangela Floyd, spokeswoman for St. Vincent's 86th Street hospital campus.

The Anderson hospital will adopt the Ascension logo, and patients will continue to see their regular doctors. The change makes the connection to experts and specialists across Indiana and the country more clear to patients, hospital officials said.

“By creating consistent names across Ascension facilities and services nationwide," Ascension Chief Marketing and Communications Officer Nick Ragone said in a release, "we’re making it easier for patients to access the care they need and expanding our efforts to deliver high-quality, affordable care for everyone with special attention to those most in need.”

St. Vincent is the latest Ascension system to take on the name. Ascension sites in Kansas, Texas, Alabama, Florida and New York went to the unified name last October.

Ascension says it is the largest nonprofit health system in the U.S. and the world's largest Catholic health system. Ascension operates more than 2,600 sites of care in 21 states and the District of Columbia.

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Native of Maryland who moved to Indiana 20 years ago. I've covered every news beat imaginable over a long career as an editor and reporter. I am currently the courts reporter for The Herald Bulletin.