2-27-12; Presence Health is the new name of Provena-Resurrection.

Almost four months after creating one of the biggest health care mergers in Chicago history, the combined health system of Resurrection Health Care Corp. and Provena Health has been named Presence Health, the system announced Friday.

The name was chosen by the health system's five sponsoring organizations: 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, Presence said in a press release.

“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 health care,” CEO Sandra Bruce said in the statement.

The Nov. 1, 2011 merger of Chicago-based Resurrection Health Care and Mokena-based Provena Health created the second-largest health care system in the Chicago area, a network of 12 hospitals and 3,100 beds that stretches from Elgin to downstate Urbana and expects to generate nearly $3 billion in annual revenue.

We join with the greater Chicagoland community in wishing this great organization all the best in their new mission. More information is online at: http://www.provenaresurrection.org/