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Two Houston CHRISTUS hospitals become part of Houston Methodist

Houston, TX - 2/3/2014

The transfer of majority ownership of CHRISTUS St. John Hospital and CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital to Houston Methodist is now complete, with the two hospitals officially joining Houston Methodist today. Under this new agreement, CHRISTUS St. John Hospital in Clear Lake will now be called Houston Methodist St. John Hospital and CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital will now be Houston Methodist St. Catherine Hospital.

Houston Methodist St. John Hospital will continue providing comprehensive care to the greater Clear Lake area. Houston Methodist St. Catherine soon will be repurposed to a long term acute care hospital to complement the services Houston Methodist already offers the West Houston/Katy community. Under this agreement, Houston Methodist has retained CHRISTUS Continuing Care, a division of CHRISTUS Health, to manage St. Catherine.

“I cannot emphasize enough what a good fit the two organizations are for each other,” said Marc Boom, M.D., president and CEO of Houston Methodist. “This brings together two faith based organizations that share common missions and values. We are especially excited about the opportunity to expand our services to the Clear Lake area, and to work with CHRISTUS to open our first continuing care facility.”

Houston Methodist has 15,000 employees caring for patients in seven hospitals, stand-alone emergency departments, imaging centers, physical therapy clinics and a top ranked research institute. Houston Methodist Hospital is consistently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s “Best Hospitals” and is ranked No. 1 in Texas. FORTUNE has listed Houston Methodist as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America for nine consecutive years.

“We are delighted that St. Catherine and St. John will continue providing high quality, compassionate care to the Katy and Clear Lake communities as part of a faith-based system,” said Ernie Sadau, president and CEO of CHRISTUS Health. “This completed transition creates a new, innovative partnership, and ensures that Gulf Coast residents will have access to a full continuum of care right in their own backyard.”

The partners will work together to find new opportunities to serve, innovate and enhance the health care provided throughout the Gulf Coast area. In addition, the CHRISTUS Foundation for Healthcare will continue serving the Houston community through its clinics, school-based centers and services for the poor and underserved, which are not part of the transition.

“We welcome the CHRISTUS employees to the Houston Methodist family,” Boom said. “Through this business process it became very clear: CHRISTUS employees are wholeheartedly dedicated to their patients and their care. This partnership will be a benefit to the entire community.”