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Providence Health System Acquisition FAQ

The University of South Alabama Health Care Authority has entered into an agreement with St. Louis-based Ascension to acquire Providence Hospital and its clinics.

General FAQ

How is this going to affect my doctor visits?

In the short-term, we don’t anticipate significant changes. We will continue to evaluate the best healthcare delivery model and offerings for our community and region.

How else will this acquisition affect me, the patient?

The acquisition of Providence Health System will allow you to receive care from additional providers who work in an environment grounded in the latest healthcare techniques and clinical trials gained from their teaching, research and service.

How did the acquisition come about?

St. Louis-based Ascension made the strategic decision to exit the Mobile marketplace and sought an acquirer for Providence Hospital and its facilities.

In April of 2022, Corporate Ascension contacted the University of South Alabama to acquire Providence Health System. Their decision was based on like missions and culture gained from leadership meetings over the past six years. Mutual trust between Corporate Ascension and the University of South Alabama will leave Providence Health System, the community, region, employees, patients, physicians, providers and supporters in the best possible hands.

When will the acquisition be finalized?

USA Health is working on a timeline to close the transaction in the fall of 2023. Until that time, Providence Health System will still be under the direction of Ascension.

How much is USA Health paying to acquire Providence Health System?

The University of South Alabama is acquiring Providence Health System for $85 million.

What happens with Medicare Advantage plan holders after the purchase?

Medicare Advantage plan holders will still be able to use their benefits through USA Health.

Can you tell me what will change in regard to traditions and pastoral care?

USA Health is sensitive to and embraces the beliefs of all people including the Catholic religion. USA Health has a pastoral care program that will incorporate the needs of the Catholic faith.

What will Providence Hospital be called?

The name will be USA Health Providence Hospital.

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