St. John Providence Health System

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St. John Providence

St. John Providence is a non-profit corporation that owns and operates four hospitals and over 125 medical facilities in the U.S. state of Michigan. Its headquarters are in the St. John Providence Corporate Services Building in Warren in Metro Detroit.[1] The parent company of St. John Providence is Ascension in St. Louis. [2]

The organization has more than 18,000 employees and operates 2,033 licensed beds.[3]


The system started in 1999 with the merger of the Providence Health System and the St. John Health System into the St. John Health System due to the merger of the two systems' respective Roman Catholic congregation sponsors, the Daughters of Charity and the Sisters of St. Joseph, into Ascension Health.[4] The St. John Hospital System, under Anthony R. Tersigni, grew from four to ten hospitals. In May 2000 he was appointed as the sernior vice president of Ascension Health's Great Lakes Division.[2]

By 2001, the Emergency Center staff was treating more than 76,400 patients as a major level-two emergency center for the east side community.[citation needed]

In 2003 the hospital stated that it expected to have a $40 million loss for its 2004 fiscal year.[5] In 2003 the system supported a proposed Michigan law that would allow the state health systems to move more hospital beds from Detroit to the suburbs.[6]

In 2008 the system had 18,000 employees. On April 8 of that year Patricia A. Maryland, the system CEO, announced that as part of a $85 million cost cutting restructuring, the company planned to lay off 300 non-clinical workers with almost 50 management positions being cut. She also announced that the system would not fill 100 job vacancies, including 40 vacancies for management positions.[7]

In 2010 St. John Health System was renamed to the St. John Providence Health System. The organization officials stated that "Providence" was added to the name in order to reflect the system's "spiritually centered patient care experience".[4]

Predecessor systems[edit]

In 1910 the Providence Hospital opened in Detroit. The Sisters of St. Joseph built St. John Hospital in 1952,[4] with 250 beds and 70 employees on Moross Road at the old Beaupre farm in a section called the “widow’s dower.” Work on the hospital began immediately following the groundbreaking ceremony on March 8, 1948, the feast of St. John of God (who in 1540 established a house to harbor poor and sick persons). Four-and-a-half year old Brenda Kay Earle was the hospital’s first patient on May 15, 1952. Also in that year, Randall John Stewart was the first baby born there. In 2006, there were 4,900 employees and a 700-member medical staff. The hospital’s Emergency Room treated 8,287 patients during 1956, its first year.[citation needed] Fr. Solanus Casey, the first United States-born man to be declared "venerable" by the Roman Catholic Church, died on July 31, 1957, in St. John Hospital (in Room 305 of the old wing, which has a plaque outside the door) at the age of 86.[8]

In the 1960s Providence Hospital moved to Southfield.[4]

The Men’s Guild began in 1948 and is believed to have been the first men’s hospital fund raising group in the United States. It has 750 members that support its philanthropic efforts, highlighted by the Annual Guild Dinner.[citation needed]


St. John Providence is a member of the Roman Catholic Ascension Health Care System and operates the following hospitals:

It previously operated the St. John NorthEast Community Hospital in Detroit. It had 295 beds.[9] By 2003 the health system stated that it will remake the hospital into an outpatient center. In 2003 The Holy Cross Foundation made an initial offer to buy the hospital. The St. John System rejected the initial offer and stated that it still planned to remake the hospital, but the Holy Cross Foundation planned to make another offer.[10]

In 2007 the St. John Riverview Hospital in Detroit closed.[11] In 2011 the system sold the St. John Senior Community Center and the closed Riverview Hospital, both in Detroit, to DRSN, an investment group.[11]

Child health care[edit]

St. John Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) opened in 1970. St. John is also a regional referral center for high-risk pregnancies. In 1952 there were 855 births took place in the first delivery rooms back versus 3,893 in 2001 at the St. John Birthing Center. The facility is able to serve 31 mothers, infants and families for labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum care.


St. John offers diagnostic, surgical and non-surgical cardiac treatment. The first laparoscopic gallbladder removal procedure in Michigan was performed in 1989 at St. John. The Transplant Specialty Center opened in 1990 and in 1992 the first pancreas transplant took place. In 1993, the first kidney removal using a laparoscope was performed. Before the end of 2000, the Transplant Specialty Center had performed its 500th organ transplant.

Cancer care[edit]

The St. John Hospital and Medical Center Oncology Department began in 1968 and is now located in the recently opened Van Elslander Cancer Center (VECC) on the hospital's campus. The 69,000-square-foot (6,400 m2)facility focuses on offering holistic treatment and conventional cancer therapies.

Affiliated with the University of Michigan Cancer Center Network, the VanElslander Cancer Center, along with the University of Michigan and other St. John Health System hospitals treats more than 14,000 new cancer cases every year.

Medical education[edit]

St. John Providence teaching hospitals educate new physicians in family medicine, general surgery, internal medicine, OB/GYN, radiology, pathology, pediatrics, podiatric surgery and emergency medicine for physicians' post-medical school training, plus residency in Pharmacy Practices for post-degree students. In addition, St. John serves as a practical training site for students of Nursing, Pharmacy, Medical Laboratory Science, and Physical and Occupational Therapy, among others.


  1. ^ "Contact Us." St. John Providence. Retrieved on May 5, 2013. "Corporate Mailing Address St. John Providence Corporate Services Building 28000 Dequindre Warren, MI 48092"
  2. ^ a b "St. John Health chief moves up." The Detroit News. May 26, 2000. Retrieved on May 19, 2013. Document ID det7915562.
  3. ^ "St. John Providence Corporate Fact Sheet." St. John Providence. Web.
  4. ^ a b c d Greene, Jay. "New name for St. John Health System." Crain's Detroit Business. March 8, 2010. Retrieved on July 4, 2013.
  5. ^ "St. John CEO says system is ahead of curve." The Detroit News. April 11, 2003. Retrieved on October 20, 2013.
  6. ^ "Health system exec speaks on suburb moves." The Detroit News. May 30, 2003. Retrieved on October 20, 2013. "DETROIT -- A state commission heard public testimony this week about whether it should approve a law that would let Detroit's financially strapped health systems move hospital beds to the suburbs. Bob Asmussen, vice president of strategic planning for St. John Health System, was recently interviewed by The Detroit News on the issue. Here's an edited version of the discussion: Q. St. John Health supports the new law that would allow health systems to move up to a third of a "
  7. ^ Gosselin, Gary. "St. John Health fires, then hires." Mlive. Thursday April 17, 2008. Retrieved on October 19, 2013.
  8. ^ Jack Wintz, "Father Solanus Casey: Will He Be Beatified Soon? (Part I),", February 28, 2007.
  9. ^ "Hospitals & Centers." (Archive, ) St. John Health System. January 15, 2003. Retrieved on July 5, 2013.
  10. ^ "Group pushes to buy St. John hospital." The Detroit News. August 26, 2003. Retrieved on July 5, 2013. "A nonprofit group is still trying to buy St. John NorthEast Hospital, even though St. John Health System rejected the group's initial offer and says it will not deviate from plans to turn the hospital into an outpatient center. The Holy Cross Foundation -- a group of about 100 doctors and local activists created solely for keeping inpatient services open at the hospital -- plans to make another offer Wednesday. It has secured funding through the[...]" - Available in the archives of The Detroit News under the ID det17082301.
  11. ^ a b "St. John sells two Detroit facilities."[dead link] The Detroit News. February 1, 2011. Retrieved on July 4, 2013. "The Detroit News St. John Providence Health System said Monday that it has sold the former Riverview Hospital and its St. John Senior Community on East Warren in Detroit to an investment group. DRSN, led by Franklin attorney Richard Levin, plans to turn the Jefferson Avenue hospital, which closed in 2007, into a skilled nursing community. Renovations will begin immediately, and completion is expected this spring, according to a news release. A sales price is not being[...]" - Available in the archives of The Detroit News under the ID det-96806319. Also under the title "St. John Health sells Riverview hospital."[dead link] on January 31, 2011.

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