The new healthcare group formed by last fall’s merger of Resurrection Health Care, owner of St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, with Mokena-based Provena Health finally announced its new name today.

The new name is Presence Health. A new logo and related branding material is expected to be rolled out over the next several monhts.

The name was chosen by the five sponsoring organizations of the merged groups — the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart, the Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary, the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas and the Sisters of the Resurrection.

“The Sisters chose a name that respects the legacies of the founding health systems, while also advancing the new organization in a way that balances innovation with the mission and values of Catholic healthcare,” said Sandra Bruce, president and CEO of the newly-named group.

“Presence Health embodies the act of being present in every moment we share with those we serve and is the cornerstone of an effective patient, resident and family-centered care environment. It also signifies a spiritual connection, as we believe we are called to serve with a spirit of hope and healing,” Bruce said in a news release.

The name “Presence” also has meaning to the communities served by the new healthcare system, she said, with the communities relying on the system’s presence to ensure access to high quality, compassionate care and to make a difference to the lives of those who live in the communities.

It’s the largest Catholic health provider in Illinois, with 12 hospitals, 29 long term care and senior residential facilities, numerous outpatient services, clinics, home health services, hospice, private duty, and comprehensive behavioral health services.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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