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St. Joseph Health, which operates two hospitals and employs some 4,000 people in Sonoma County, announced the creation of a new health care organization through a partnership with Providence Health & Services, a large Catholic health care provider that serves the Pacific Northwest. With the launch of the new parent organization, Providence St. Joseph Health, the two partners expand their presence in the western United States, with 50 hospitals in Texas, New Mexico, California, Oregon, Washington, Montana and Alaska. The merger could potentially have a significant impact on the local economy as St. Joseph Health is one of the largest private employers in Sonoma County. It has an additional 1,300 employees in Napa County. St. Joseph Health operates Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, Petaluma Valley Hospital and Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa. The local health care provider, which is affiliated with Annadel Medical Group and Queen of the Valley Medical Associates, operates three urgent care centers in Rohnert Park, Windsor and Santa Rosa, as well as two hospices in Santa Rosa and Petaluma.

This was reported by New Directions Behavioral Health on November 25, 2015.

Contact Information: Gary Walker, Media Contact, Providence Health & Services, Portland, Oregon 97208-4327; 503-893-6367; E-mail: gary.walker@providence.org; Website: www.healthplans.providence.org

Contact Information: Susan Solomon, Media Contact, St. Joseph Health, 3345 Michelson Drive, Suite 100, Irvine, California 92612; 949-381-4770; E-mail: susan.solomon@stjoe.org; Website: www.stjhs.org

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