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Kadlec Health System and Providence Health & Services Announce Affiliation

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Kadlec Health Services and Providence Health Services will be forming an affiliation. Kadlec Health Services and Providence Health Services will be forming an affiliation.
RICHLAND, WA - Kadlec Health Services and Providence Health & Services will be forming an affiliation.

The two health care systems announced Tuesday they have signed a final definitive agreement to form the affiliation. It will bring together two not-for-profit health care systems who service all members of their communities, especially those who are poor and vulnerable. The organizations say through this affiliation they believe they can ensure the Tri-Cities are surrounding communities are better served through their collaboration and innovation.

“Kadlec has long recognized that its ability to meet the community’s needs in the changing health care environment would require an affiliation with a system with the expertise and financial resources to keep up with the needs of the region. As we evaluated potential partners, Providence was clearly the best fit with its service-driven mission and efficient resources,” said Rand Wortman, Kadlec Health System president and chief executive officer.

Kadlec will join Western HealthConnect, the secular (non-religious) organization formed to allow Providence to remain Catholic and secular affiliates to remain secular.

The affiliation will ultimately increase access to services and inpatient care at Kadlec and ensure it is able to meet the needs of the Tri-Cities and surrounding communities.

Background on the proposed affiliation.
·         To allow secular affiliates to remain secular and Providence to maintain its Catholic identity, a secular (non-religious) organization was created – legally referred to as Western HealthConnect. This is the same model successfully used for the affiliation with Swedish Health Services and Pacific Medical Centers, both non-religious organizations.
·         This model will allow Kadlec to remain a separate 501(c)3 organization.
·         Kadlec will remain secular (non-religious). Its physicians and staff will continue to follow their processes for ethical decision-making and will not be subject to the ethical and religious directives that apply to Catholic organizations.
-          There will be no change to reproductive health services and patients and will have the same access to care as they do today. Kadlec will not be a Catholic organization. It will continue to offer the same services, including contraceptives and sterilizations. Kadlec currently does not provide elective pregnancy terminations and that will not change. Physicians will continue to refer patients seeking those procedures to outside providers. In circumstances wherein a woman's life is in danger or there is an ectopic pregnancy, clinicians follow best practices of surgical and non-surgical treatment options.
-          Kadlec does not fill prescriptions for lethal medications and that will not change. Patients, families, nurses, physicians and any member of a care team are encouraged to explore fully all treatment options for terminally ill patients. As part of that discussion, a patient may request life-ending medication allowed under Washington law and the patient can be provided with a referral. Kadlec will continue to provide end-of-life care that addresses the physical, emotional and social needs of the patient and his or her family but will not participate in a patient’s suicide.
·         Both Providence and Kadlec serve all patients – from all walks of life – with high quality, compassionate care, regardless of beliefs, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status or any other circumstances; this will not change
·         Kadlec’s current board of directors will become the Kadlec Regional Medical Center Community Board, which will share governance responsibility for Kadlec with Western HealthConnect.