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Don't Call it Provena St. Joe's; Hospital's New Name is 'Presence'

Now that the Provena-Resurrection merger is complete, the hospital's new name -- Presence St. Joseph Medical Center -- is slowly being rolled out.

If you've heard someone refer to Presence St. Joseph Medical Center recently, no, they didn't misspeak.

The Joliet-based, 420-bed hospital may still have "Provena" in the lit sign that sits at the top of its 333 Madison St. building, but the name is now "Presence" in the wake of Mokena-based Provena Health's merger with Resurrection Healthcare.

The merger was announced in 2011 and completed last year, creating the second-largest hospital network in the Chicago area.

But the process of rolling out the new Presence name is taking time because of the work and expense involved in changing signs, updating Web sites, printing new documents and the like, Presence St. Joseph spokeswoman Jan Ciccarelli said.

And that work needs to be done for all 12 hospitals, 27 long-term care and senior residential facilities, numerous outpatient centers and other divisions of the new corporation.

"We did expect to be able to do it sooner," Ciccarelli said. "(But) the transition of everything takes time."

The merger was "done out of necessity to some degree" because of the money that can be saved, she said. But there are also benefits, including the expanded "base of knowledge and expertise" that comes with having access to more doctors and equipment, she said.

As for the name Presence, the founding sisters of both hospital groups came up with it as a reflection of their shared mission, Ciccarelli said.

"From what I understand, they wanted a 'real' word," she said. "Something that reflected our commitment to be 'present' in the community."

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Droncz87 January 28, 2013 at 05:00 PM
Grow up, it is just a name. I don't think I will be spending any considerable amount of time at the hospital regardless. If you happen to be in the hospital I do not think that the silly name is the most of your concern.
Pat January 28, 2013 at 06:57 PM
I just hope the level of service will go up. One of the worst hospitals IMO.
Adam January 28, 2013 at 08:55 PM
I will be glad to call it Presence; right after they change the sign at the top of the building. While there are areas that need to be improved, it's not that bad. It's not their fault they are now the only hospital in Joliet. Although, they may have possibly lobbyed against a hospital being built in Plainfield. That is thanks to our wonderful state government who didn't feel like we needed another hospital.
AMR January 29, 2013 at 12:09 PM
it will always be just St. Joes in my book!
Frank S Dickey Jr February 08, 2013 at 07:47 PM
What is the new logo so I may use it in the Mended Hearts "Heartmates" newsletter?

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