Members of the Bryan-College Station community and CHI St. Joseph Health staff gathered Tuesday at the recently acquired CHI St. Joseph Health–College Station Hospital, formerly known as the College Station Medical Center, for a dedication ceremony and blessing.
“CHI St. Joseph Health has been in the community for over 83 years and this is just the next step for us in that legacy,” President and CEO of CHI St. Joseph Health Theron Park said at the ceremony. “We are honored that we can move further into ... College Station and the Brazos Valley by adding this location and serving our community.”
The College Station Hospital is the fifth to open under CHI St. Joseph Health in the Brazos Valley, joining the facilities in Bryan, Navasota, Caldwell and Madisonville. According to the CHI St. Joseph website, providers that worked with College Station Medical Associates will be included in the CHI St. Joseph and Texas A&M Health Network.
“We’re very excited about being able to have a larger presence in College Station to serve the Brazos Valley,” Park said. “But also we’re excited the transition has really gone so smooth. Everybody’s been really positive about where we’re going to go in the future.”
CHI St. Joseph Health announced the acquisition in May.
“It was really a nice marriage of complementary services,” Park said.
Park said that all positions and staff in good standing were transferred during the changeover. The acquisition included the hospital facility, which is classified as a Level III trauma center in addition to certifications and accreditations related to join replacement, chest pain, bariatrics and stroke treatment and recovery.
Sisters of St. Francis Penny Dunn, Nancy Ferguson and Lois Anne Palkert gifted the College Station Hospital with crucifixes to be hung throughout the facility in addition to a San Damiano crucifix. All three serve CHI St. Joseph in mission integration. Following the presentation of crucifixes, current and retired chaplains the Revs. Brian Mohan and John Malinowski blessed the facilities with holy water.
“It tells the story of the passion of Jesus,” Dunn said during the ceremony. “So may it be a symbol of our Franciscan careism and a reminder to us that God continues to speak in our hearts each day as we minister to the sick and to the poor who enter this sacred space.”