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Q: What is happening to St. Dominic’s?

A: After generations of service in Mississippi and months of thoughtful discernment, the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, IL, the sponsoring organization of St. Dominic Health Services, have made the decision to discuss transitioning their sponsorship of St. Dominic’s. The Sisters and St. Dominic’s leadership have agreed to enter into exclusive discussions with the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Sisters, who sponsor the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, a nonprofit, mission-focused Catholic healthcare ministry based in Louisiana. The Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Sisters not only share our values and commitment to delivering quality and compassionate care, they also have the resources and ability to carry on the legacy and mission of St. Dominic’s for generations to come.

Q: Why did you decide to seek new sponsorship?

A: The Sisters’ commitment to the communities we serve is the same today as it was at our founding. However, like many other congregations, the number of women serving as Sisters has diminished significantly over the years. There are simply not enough Sisters available to carry out this commitment to mission. The hours and constant involvement required to continue their sponsorship of St. Dominic Health Services have, unfortunately, become unsustainable.

To ensure our mission continues for generations to come, we partnered with the Sisters to conduct a thoughtful discernment and vetting process to find a sponsor to carry on the vital healing ministries St. Dominic’s provides to the people of Jackson and Mississippi.

Q: When will transition of sponsorship be completed?

A: This announcement is just the beginning of the discussion process that will take place over several months, leading to a final agreement between the organizations that is expected to be completed during in the first quarter of 2019.

Q: Is St. Dominic’s in financial trouble?

A: No. St. Dominic’s remains financially strong, and this transfer in sponsorship is not a reflection on the financial status of St Dominic’s.

Q: How will this affect your facilities?

A: As we seek to change our sponsorship, we will work collaboratively during the transition. We expect that the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System will further St Dominic’s by continuing its successful operations in the years ahead.

Q: Will the Sisters still be involved?

A: The Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Sisters have expressed their strong desire for the Dominican Sisters to continue their involvement with St. Dominic’s.

Q: What does this mean for your service lines?

A: We are in partnership discussions with the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Sisters because, like the Dominican Sisters, they are committed to providing quality and compassionate health care and continuing the healing ministries of the Catholic Church. These characteristics were central to the decision to enter into exclusive discussions with them related to a potential sponsorship transition. The Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System will continue to support St. Dominic’s service lines in the years ahead, as well as look for ways to expand the care that is currently provided.

Q: What does this mean for your ministries?

A: Like the Dominican Sisters, the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Sisters are committed to providing quality and compassionate health care and the healing ministries of the Catholic Church, and they will continue the St. Dominic’s ministries in the years to come.

Q: What will this mean for my doctors?

A: Nothing is changing for St. Dominic’s physicians, nor in patients’ ability to access St. Dominic physicians. You will continue to see your St. Dominic’s physician as you always have.

Q: How will this change your mission and values?

A: As we seek a change in sponsorship, we will work collaboratively with the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Sisters during the transition to ensure that the mission and values upon which the Sisters founded St. Dominic’s will not be interrupted. A key tenet of entering into discussions with as our potential new partner is their shared commitment to the values that the Dominican Sisters established 70 years ago. While our sponsorship may change, we will not, and through a new sponsorship, our mission and legacy will carry on for generations to come.

Q: How will this change your policies?

A: The Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Sisters share our Catholic values and will honor the Dominican Sisters’ legacy and mission to provide excellent and compassionate service to our community and patients. We anticipate that they will support St. Dominic’s by operating with continuity.

Q: How will this affect the care that your patients receive?

A: Our patients rely on not only the quality of care they receive at St. Dominic’s but also the compassionate delivery of that care. A transition of sponsorship will allow us to continue to be what we’ve always been: a vital ministry within the community providing quality services, compassionate care, and hope. Our sponsorship may change but what our patients, residents, associates, and community have come to expect from St. Dominic’s won’t change.

Q: I’m a patient at St. Dominic’s. Will you still take my insurance once sponsorship has transitioned?

A: Yes, you can, and should, continue to utilize St. Dominic’s as you normally would. If there is ever any change in the types of insurance the hospital or providers accept, we will inform you well before any change takes place.

Q: Will your name change?

A. The organizational names within St. Dominic Health Services, such as St. Dominic Hospital and St. Catherine’s Village will remain the same, though there may be an addition to the names to represent the partnership with our new sponsoring organization.