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      GI, Kearney Hospital Names Changing as Network Rebrands

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      Two hospitals in the tri-cities will be going by different names now, but the leaders of both say the change is in title only.

      The presidents of Saint Francis Medical Center and Good Samaritan Hospital say they were already working together as part of a family of 15 hospitals and hundreds of clinics across Nebraska and southwest Iowa, but now they'll operate under one logo: CHI Health.

      “Our hospital will be now known as CHI Health St. Francis,” President Dan McElligott told staff at a Thursday morning meeting.

      It was the first time doctors and nurses at the GI hospital and its sister-facility Good Samaritan Hospital, now known as CHI Health Good Samaritan, got to see their new network name and logo.

      McElligott says it's not a sudden change, Catholic Health Initiatives has been working on a new brand for the CHI Nebraska facilities and Alegent Creighton Health after they took on sole sponsorship of the Omaha-area healthcare group around 18 months ago.

      “It's sort of like having a baby a year old and not having a name yet, so we're glad we have a name for our baby,” says Good Samaritan CEO Michael Schnieders.

      As an already functioning network of care stretching from Kearney, Nebraska to Corning, Iowa, officials say patients can expect them to keep improving on what they're doing.

      “Healthcare is provided locally, I'm a firm believer in that, physicians make decisions locally, but we have the resources of a unified statewide network,” says Schnieders.

      “We all do a lot of things very very well, but some people do some things better than others, and this is a chance to learn and work with each other so all of us can provide the best care we can for all of our patients all the time,” says McElligott.

      Schnieders and McElligott say what's not a factor in this rebrand is the ongoing contract problems between them and insurance provider Blue Cross Blue Shield. They say the new network name was in the works before that.

      “We felt it is important to continue with our original plans on rolling out the new name and working together, and so I don't see the Blue Cross as a negative thing, like I said I see great positives coming together as an organization,” says McElligott.

      “I do believe that our change, our naming today indicates to the public and to Blue Cross that we are one system and we will operate as one system and that includes our third-party payer contracts,” says Schnieders.

      Both hospital officials say they were glad to see St. Francis and Good Samaritan stay in their titles, a nod to their long histories in both communities.

      They also say people shouldn't expect to see big sign changes right away. To save money the facilities plan to phase in the new logo and name slowly over time.

      Click HERE to learn more about the change and see a map of facilities involved.

      New names for CHI Health acute-care hospitals:
      *locations in parentheses

      CHI Health Bergan Mercy (Omaha)
      CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center (Omaha)
      CHI Health Good Samaritan (Kearney)
      CHI Health Immanuel (Omaha)
      CHI Health Lakeside (Omaha)
      CHI Health Mercy Council Bluffs (Council Bluffs, Iowa)
      CHI Health Mercy Corning (Corning, Iowa)
      CHI Health Midlands (Papillion)
      CHI Health Missouri Valley (Missouri Valley, Iowa)
      CHI Health Nebraska Heart (Lincoln)
      CHI Health Plainview (Plainview)
      CHI Health Schuyler (Schuyler)
      CHI Health St. Elizabeth (Lincoln)
      CHI Health St. Francis (Grand Island)
      CHI Health St. Mary's (Nebraska City)


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