In becoming a full member of the University Hospitals Health System, St. John Medical Center hosted a commemorative event for the SJMC family on Tuesday, Dec. 1 in the SJMC Cafeteria.
Tom Zenty, Chief Executive Officer, University Hospitals, and fellow UH leaders presented remarks and made visits to departments throughout the hospital.
“You can be confident the transition will be a positive experience because of our longstanding relationship with UH and maintaining the hospital’s Catholic Identity,” said SJMC President and CEO William A. Young. Jr. “Through our combined talents and resources, we are now a stronger organization and able to deliver the highest-quality healthcare for years to come to the patients and families we serve.
“This is an important moment for all of us,” said Zenty. “It is an important moment for the community we serve.”
“There is an unbelievably strong legacy here,” he added. He made special note of the longstanding sense of mission instilled by the Sisters of Charity Health System.
“We will continue that Catholic mission for eternity,” he noted.
Zenty called the UH presence at SJMC a privilege of stewardship, one that will include an active commitment to excellence in healthcare. SJMC will focus on several key areas of growth that will include investment, competing vigorously in the healthcare marketplace and trusting in the excellence of healthcare delivery by staff.
“The transition process will be a very easy one,” added Young, who will be leaving SJMC in January to lead Southwest General Health Center in Middleburg Hts. “It has truly been an honor to serve at St. John Medical Center these past four years.”
Robert Smith, SJMC Board Chair, emphasized the importance of SJMC to “continue the theme of carrying on the Catholic mission.”
“UH brings tremendous medical excellence and strong financial resources,” he added.
Paul Tait, chief strategic planning officer for UH, said SJMC holds a vital position in the family of UH entities. “I want to reassure all of you that SJMC is a key part of our strategic growth,” he said. Areas of focus will include: physician development, including support for independent physicians; focus on UH service line integration; additional collaboration with other UH entities like the new UH rehabilitation center coming to North Ridgeville, the UH Elyria Medical Center; and an SJMC and UH Elyria Medical Center in North Ridgeville.
“The future is very bright for SJMC,” added Tait.
Thomas Snowberger, UH Chief Human Resource Officer, offered words of confidence to the SJMC staff. “Change is good,” he said. “We will create a clear roadmap and bring clarity to the transition.”