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2 | Health Matters: Providence St. Joseph Hospital Letter to the Community H appy New Year! While we close the chapter on a remarkable year none of us anticipated, we now look forward to the promise of a new year! I wish you and your family health and happiness as we kick off 2021. Challenging times offer a chance for reflection, and I want to celebrate the many victories we had in 2020. In November, we were notified that we have received Magnet designation for the fourth time. This prestigious designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center recognizes organizations that provide the highest-quality care. This is a remarkable achievement: only 8 percent of U.S. hospitals earn Magnet recognition, and fewer than 1 percent of U.S. hospitals are four times designated. Also in 2020, we received the Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award for the third year in a row. We are especially proud of this honor and proud of our caregivers, who continue to provide exceptional patient care in the midst of the pandemic. And with the new year here, I want to encourage you to focus on your health and well-being. The beginning of the year is the perfect time to schedule annual checkups and health screenings. In light of emerging research showing that many people are delaying key screenings and routine care, I want to assure you that it is safe to keep scheduled appointments and get necessary health screenings. If you or a loved one is experiencing an emergency, seek care. Now is not the time to put your health on hold. We are here to care for you every step of the way. While none of us could have predicted the pandemic, years ago hospital leaders at St. Joseph Health and Providence Health & Services anticipated the need for a strong, mission-driven and comprehensive health system. In 2016 these two health systems joined, because we knew we could do more for our communities together. Last month we took another significant step toward unification by embracing a common brand: Providence St. Joseph Hospital. Our unified brand makes it easier for our community to recognize which ministries and partners are part of our comprehensive network of care. And it will also help us tie our clinical work together to ensure all patients in our health system receive consistent, excellent care. Together, we are one extraordinary team. The articles in this issue offer several examples of the amazing work our physicians and clinical teams are doing each day. In fact, you'll read about some cutting-edge procedures in cancer treatment, orthopedics and general surgery, along with new technologies that we at Providence St. Joseph Hospital are among the first in the nation to have. So while our logo has changed, our commitment to providing quality, compassionate care on behalf of the heritage of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange remains faithful and strong. We're wishing you a healthy, prosperous new year. Jeremy S. Zoch, PhD, MHA, FACHE, Chief Executive Providence St. Joseph Hospital

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