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Providence Park to Become Part of the 2nd Largest Not-For-Profit Long-Term Care Provider in The United States
April 1st, 2014

Waco, TX, April 1, 2014 --- Providence Park, the largest retirement community in Waco offering the broadest continuum of care, will join more than 30 other long-term care facilities across the country to create Ascension Health Senior Care.  Once the transition occurs in July 2014, Ascension Health Senior Care will become the 2nd largest not-for-profit long-term care provider in the United States.

“In our community, seniors represent the fastest growing age demographic with expected growth of 16% over the next 5 years,” said Brett Esrock, President and CEO of Providence Healthcare Network. “Providence Healthcare Network and Ascension Health recognize the importance of enhancing and expanding our role in serving the growing senior population.”

The three divisions of Providence Park, The Village – independent living, St. Elizabeth Place – assisted living, and St. Catherine Center – long-term and sub-acute care, will continue to operate under the name Providence Park and will maintain their strong connection to the brand and mission of the Providence Healthcare Network. At this time, there will be no change in how Providence Park operates and provides service to residents and patients. Over time, Providence Park will begin taking advantage of new ideas, best practices, and other resources offered by Ascension Health Senior Care.

“This is an exciting transition for us. We believe partnering with Ascension Health Senior Care will strengthen the role of Providence Park as a leader in senior care in our community,” said Michael Olmstead, Vice President of Long Term Care at Providence Park.   

Jana Whitaker
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Providence Healthcare Network

About the Providence Healthcare Network

A member of Ascension Health, the nation’s largest Catholic non-profit integrated health system, Providence Healthcare Network is dedicated to spiritually centered, holistic care, which sustains and improves the health of individuals and communities.  Beginning in 1905 as Waco’s first hospital, Providence is now a 650-bed system, encompassing Providence Health Center, Providence Park, Providence DePaul Center, and a network of outpatient clinics and facilities, offers the most comprehensive continuum of care for Central Texans throughout their lifetime. Nationally recognized for quality care, Providence is a Joint Commission Certified Level II Primary Stroke Center, an Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI designated by the Society of Chest Pain Centers. For more information about Providence Healthcare Network, visit www.providence.net

Providence Begins New Heart Procedure
February 11th, 2014

Providence Health Center is the first hospital in Waco to offer a new outpatient technique for heart patients with completely blocked arteries who might not be candidates for open heart surgery. The specific condition treated is a Chronic Total Occlusion or CTO, which can cause chest pain and other health issues.

This new technique is now being performed by Dr. Charles Shoultz, III with Waco Cardiology Associates at Providence Health Center. Dr. Shoultz was invited to attend an intensive training for this latest minimally invasive technology and technique in August 2013 and began the new technique in September 2013. He was specially chosen for this training based on the number of annual interventional procedures he performed at Providence Health Center.

In this procedure the physician uses a new catheter to get around the blockage by passing into the wall of the artery and going around the blockage. Although this procedure is not appropriate for every patient, it will allow specially trained interventional cardiologists like Dr. Shoultz to use a less invasive procedure to improve circulation in many patients who may not have other options for treating the blockage. Approximately 31% of patients referred for coronary angiography have at least one totally blocked artery. CTOs affect the survival and quality of life of hundreds of thousands of people, and have historically been an untreatable condition for many patients. While some are treated with bypass surgery, up until this point 60% of patients with CTOs have been treated only with prescription drugs.

Providence in Top 100
February 11th, 2014

Providence was named by Becker's Review as one of 100 hospitals with great women's health programs. Hospitals were selected for this list based on clinical excellence, quality care and women's health awards. The hospitals have been recognized for excellence in women's health by several organizations, including U.S. News & World Report, Healthgrades, UNICEF's Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative and CareChex.

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Barrett Elected to Statewide Hospital Association Board
January 7th, 2014

T. Marc Barrett, M.D., senior vice president of medical affairs for Providence Health Network in Waco, has been elected to the Texas Hospital Association’s Board of Trustees. Serving in a physician trustee position, Barrett took office on Jan. 1 for a three-year term.

 Since joining Providence in 2007, Dr. Barrett has focused on physician leadership development, quality, & safety. He is a board-certified urologist and was in private practice for 27 years. He is an active member of THA’s Hospital Physician Executives Constituency Council and the Council on Policy Development.

Dr. Barrett is the executive director for Providence Health Alliance, which manages the Providence network of clinics.

Dr. Barrett earned a medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School in Galveston. He completed a surgical internship at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and residency in urology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He is a member of the American Medical Association, the Texas Medical Association, and the McLennan County Medical Society.

By: Lance Lunsford, Texas Hospital Association