Three Roman Catholic congregations have agreed to create a new healthcare system serving the seven counties where the borders of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania abut.
Tri State Health System is a venture of Franciscan Sisters of the Poor, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas-New York Regional Community and Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth. The new system will combine the assets of each sponsoring congregation's nine healthcare facilities in the region, representing 2,600 employees and 500 physicians.
The ministry-driven initiative is seen as "a very positive and forthright development" for strengthening healthcare delivery in the region, said Sister Barbara Conroy, general superior of Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, which sponsors Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, N.Y., now part of Tri State.
The new system is the product of regional partnership discussions initiated by Franciscan Sisters and Sisters of Mercy, Conroy said. In 1995, those two sponsors formed a new division of Franciscan Health System in the region, aligning St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, N.Y., and Mercy Community Hospital in Port Jervis, N.Y.
The addition of Sisters of Charity adds a third hospital and home healthcare services to the mix. Tri State's nonacute-care operations include primary care, skilled nursing, adult day care, assisted living and home care.
Good Samaritan President James A. Martin has been named Tri State's president and chief executive officer. A new Tri State board of trustees representing the community and the sponsoring congregations will be selected by a regional co-sponsorship board.
"We will attempt to become a high quality, low-cost provider," said James H. Flynn Jr., president and CEO of Franciscan Sisters of the Poor Health System. Tri State will operate as a member of New York-based Franciscan Sisters, which has 11 hospitals, seven long-term-care facilities, five continuing-care facilities, seven home health agencies and five community service centers in five states. It posted net income of $27.3 million on revenues of $785 million in 1995.