Saint Francis Healthcare Outlines Bright Future for Health System at “Creating a Healthy Future” Event with Governor Markell

November 19, 2013

Executives from Saint Francis Healthcare and CHE Trinity Health were joined by Governor Jack Markell to brief approximately 200 physicians and business partners on the future of healthcare at Saint Francis Healthcare, based here.

“The 60 and older population inDelawarewill grow by more than 80 percent by 2020. An aging population consumes more medical care, and requires different forms of care,” said Ray Welch, executive vice president of Ministry Operations, CHE Trinity Health. “With its network of highly skilled physicians, its signature acute care hospital, its home health program—not to mention the Saint Francis LIFE program, that helps seniors age with dignity and in their homes—Saint Francis provides quality health services the community needs and deserves.”  Saint Francis LIFE is the only PACE (Program for All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) program in Delaware.

“When I think about the future of healthcare in Delaware, I think about quality medical professionals providing high-quality service at a great value,” said Governor Jack Markell.  “Saint Francis Healthcare plays a vital role in helping to fulfill this vision because of the first-class, efficient care it has provided for nearly 90 years, and the access it provides to leading-edge technology and top talent in partnership with CHE Trinity Health.”

In the past year, Saint Francis has invested significantly in both new capabilities and technology to meet the needs of its patients. Dr. Audrey Sernyak, FACC, an interventional cardiologist, joined the system as director of the Cardiovascular Service Line. Saint Francis upgraded its cardiac catheterization lab with state-of-the-art technology, the GE Innova 2000.

For another example of expanded capabilities, Saint Francis announced recently a relationship with Mid-Atlantic GI Consultants (MAGIC), a top gastroenterology group in Delaware. MAGIC will provide easy access to the top GI care at Saint Francis to include 24-hour on-call coverage for the emergency department and new offices in the hospital.

“We remain at the leading edge of high-quality care, offering some of the most technologically advanced services in Delaware, applied by the region’s most skilled and compassionate medical teams. For example, The Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson provides patients in its member hospitals access to the latest developments in cancer research, technology and treatment, allowing Saint Francis patients to participate in clinical trials close to home. We continue to evolve in the way we deliver care to the many people we serve, across all walks of life,” said Brian E. Dietz, interim president and CEO, Saint Francis Healthcare. “The future is bright for Saint Francis Healthcare.”

Across many quality indicators, Saint Francis performs on par with—and, in many cases, outperforms—state and national averages. This includes key quality indicators related to heart care, pneumonia treatment, surgical care, and care received in the emergency department. Saint Francis Healthcare’s solid performance in these measures is a testament to how skilled and talented the medical staff and colleagues are in creating a healthy future.

Saint Francis Healthcare, a member of CHE Trinity Health, operates Delaware’s only Catholic hospital serving Wilmington and Northern New Castle County since 1924. Services provided include the Saint Francis Cardiovascular Services, 24-hour Emergency Services, Gastrointestinal Services, Ambulance Service, Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence, the da Vinci™ Surgical System, Minimally Invasive Surgery Center, Advanced Wound Center, Imaging Services, Sleep/Neurodiagnostics Center, Home Care, Outpatient Physical Therapy, Comprehensive Women’s Services and three community outreach programs. Saint Francis Healthcare is affiliated with the Saint Francis Foundation, the Franciscan Care Center, and Saint Francis LIFE (Living Independently for Elders), a PACE (Program for All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) model.