TUCSON, Ariz. & NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 5, 2013--
Healthways (NASDAQ: HWAY), a global leader in population health
management, and Carondelet Health Network today announced an exclusive
agreement to evaluate opportunities in population health management for
the Tucson market. Carondelet and Healthways both recognize that
healthcare is rapidly evolving and health systems must build new
capabilities specifically focused on managing and improving the health
and well-being of communities. Healthways provides experience and
expertise in identifying the appropriate path toward that goal by
creating systems that help people maintain healthy behaviors, reduce
health-related risks, and optimize the care provided to those with
chronic health conditions.
“In order for our healthcare system to fulfill its mission, it must be
visionary—seeking out the most innovative methods by which to serve the
needs of the residents for which we are responsible,” said James K.
Beckmann, Jr., president and CEO of Carondelet. Through this joint
endeavor, Carondelet and Healthways will develop plans to use their
combined capabilities to meet the needs of physician partners, regional
employers, and health insurers, with a focus on helping people take
control of their health in a more proactive way.
First established by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1880,
Carondelet is the largest Catholic healthcare system in Arizona and is
part of Ascension Health, the nation’s largest Catholic healthcare
system. For more than three decades, Healthways has been an
internationally recognized leader in the formulation and implementation
of well-being improvement systems, serving more than 40 million people
on four continents.
Carondelet and Healthways will be working toward a set of aligned
objectives that include: realizing measurable and reportable
improvements in health and well-being outcomes, delivering high-quality
and affordable healthcare services across Southern Arizona, expanding a
high-functioning network of employed and independent physicians caring
for Carondelet patients, and developing strategic partnerships that will
support Carondelet’s efforts to build healthier communities.
“We chose to work with Healthways because of their proven track record
of creating successful solutions that have enhanced the health and
well-being of millions of people worldwide and that bring economic value
to payers, physicians, employers, and communities,” said Beckmann.
Ben R. Leedle, Jr., Healthways CEO, noted, “We are very pleased to have
been chosen by Carondelet to work with them on this assessment. We
expect the results should lead to the implementation of a variety of
solutions that will meet the emerging needs of the Tucson market. Our
expectation is that the assessment will yield opportunity to deploy our
experience and proven capabilities in health and well-being improvement.
We look forward to an ongoing, comprehensive, and very strategic
relationship with Carondelet as they continue to transform into the
leading model for population health management in their region.”
About Carondelet Health Network
Located in Tucson, Arizona, Carondelet Health Network is a Catholic,
nonprofit healthcare system dedicated to responding to the health,
prevention, education, and wellness needs of Southern Arizonans.
Carondelet was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet more
than 132 years ago. Carondelet’s Tucson facilities include St. Mary’s
Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Carondelet Heart & Vascular Institute
at St. Mary’s Hospital, and Carondelet Neurological Institute at St.
Joseph’s Hospital; as well as Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital in Nogales,
Arizona. Carondelet’s family of services also include nearly two dozen
primary and specialty care offices, an ambulatory surgery center,
several imaging centers, Hospice and Palliative Care, and a variety of
other outpatient services. Carondelet Health Network is a ministry of
Ascension Health, the nation’s largest Catholic, not-for-profit
healthcare system. In FY12, Carondelet provided nearly $66 million in
Community Benefit to improve the health of our community and increase
access to healthcare. More information about Carondelet Health Network
is available at www.carondelet.org.
Healthways is the largest independent global provider of well-being
improvement solutions. Dedicated to creating a healthier world one
person at a time, the Company uses the science of behavior change to
produce and measure positive change in well-being for our customers,
which include employers, integrated health systems, hospitals,
physicians, health plans, communities, and government entities. We
provide highly specific and personalized support for each individual and
their team of experts to optimize each participant’s health and
productivity and to reduce health-related costs. Results are achieved by
addressing longitudinal health risks and care needs of everyone in a
given population. The Company has scaled its proprietary technology
infrastructure and delivery capabilities developed over 30 years and now
serves approximately 40 million people on four continents. Learn more at www.healthways.com.
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