Bon Secours Baltimore Hospital has entered into an agreement to be acquired by LifeBridge Health, setting the stage for a new partnership that will lead to an innovative future for health care services in the west Baltimore community.
This pending acquisition will ensure that 24/7 emergency services, primary care, behavioral health, community health and outpatient services remain in the west Baltimore neighborhood, while providing patients with access to the vast network of local specialists in the LifeBridge Health network.
The Bon Secours Mercy Health ministry will remain active in Baltimore, focusing on community health and wholeness through work on social determinants of health such as affordable housing, community rebuilding, GED training, women’s resources, job training, family support services, recidivism assistance, and nutrition counseling.
The proceeds of the acquisition will be paid over six years to Bon Secours Baltimore Foundation, and will be used exclusively for the establishment, continuation, or expansion of community-based programming at Community Works and Unity Properties.
LifeBridge Health will work to transition Bon Secours employees into the LifeBridge Health system, for while the ownership may be changing, the need for health services in west Baltimore remains. The two partners will be working to ensure that there is no disruption of services.
LifeBridge Health and Bon Secours have signed a Letter of Intent and will finalize the acquisition during a period of due diligence. Bon Secours will keep the community up to date throughout the process and will provide opportunities to share more information directly with residents.
“Bon Secours has determined that partnership and a renewed focus on our innovative model of health care delivery is necessary to accelerate and improve health outcomes for the west Baltimore community,” said Samuel L. Ross, M.D., chief community health officer, Bon Secours Mercy Health, and CEO of Bon Secours Hospital. “Bon Secours and LifeBridge Health are committed to focusing on better access to quality health care services, wellness and prevention, addressing the root causes of health disparities, and transformational work to improve the health and wholeness of west Baltimore. I look forward to this collaboration with LifeBridge, and the expansion of our Bon Secours’ Community Works and Unity Property Housing programs and services.”
“Bon Secours Hospital is a vital part of the west Baltimore community,” said Neil Meltzer, president and chief executive officer of LifeBridge Health. “As a Baltimore-based health system, LifeBridge Health envisions building on Bon Secours’ strong foundation to provide a comprehensive and enhanced plan for all levels of health care services. At the same time, we want to bring additional resources to the community to address needs related to employment, addiction and other challenges.”
The pending acquisition has the full support of Governor Larry Hogan, the Archbishop of Baltimore, William E. Lori, the Mayor of Baltimore, Catherine E. Pugh, the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) and the Maryland Department of Health. The Sisters of Bon Secours are supportive of the acquisition of acute and ambulatory health services to LifeBridge Health.
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