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Providence Acquisition: Catholic Community 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Will USA Health now perform procedures at Providence that go against my Catholic beliefs?

Ascension and USA Health are aligned in the procedures to be performed at Providence. This requirement was vetted and approved by Ascension.

Will Providence associates keep their jobs?

We value all of our staff. We anticipate keeping all of Providence’s staff pending human resource review. As we work through the transition and services offered, we will look for opportunities for advancement and growth.

What will happen to the Providence Foundation?

The University of South Alabama embraces community support and all those willing to serve its mission and hospitals. We look forward to meeting with Foundation representatives.

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.

How will the acquisition affect the community?

Acquiring Providence Health System will allow USA Health to enhance our capabilities across our tripartite mission of education, research and clinical care. Decisions will be made locally to benefit physicians, staff, and community. Jobs across the spectrum will be created, and the profits will be reinvested to benefit USA Health and the region.

What will Providence Hospital be called?

The name will be USA Health Providence Hospital.

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.

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