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Providence Acquisition: Providence 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

As a member of the medical staff at Providence Health System, how will my job change?

USA Health has an open medical staff and does not anticipate changing that model. We value our physicians and the care they provide. We have a wide variety of different practitioners using our facilities. Providence Health System will retain its open medical staff and continue to operate under its own bylaws and structure.

As a member of the staff at Providence Health System, how will by job change?

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

Can you tell me about the benefits at USA Health?

We offer a very competitive benefits package, including medical, dental, and vision insurance, retirement, paid time off, life and disability plans, flexible spending plans, tuition discounts at the University of South Alabama, reduced membership dues to the rec center on campus and free admission to some sporting events. USA Health HR representatives will reach out to schedule informational meetings and town halls to review benefits and answer questions.

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.

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.

I lease my practice location through Providence Health System. Will I have to relocate?

We have not thoroughly evaluated the lease commitments and services offered. We look forward to engaging you as valued members of the healthcare delivery team.

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.

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.

FAQs for your community

We know that different communities have their own questions, so we've divided our FAQ into the following sections:

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