CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System has served the families of Bexar County and the surrounding areas for over 152 years. Part of CHRISTUS Health, one of the largest Catholic health care systems in the US, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System is deeply committed to its mission of extending the healing ministry of Jesus Christ. As part of this effort, Advis has provided CHRISTUS Santa Rosa with regulatory consultation directed at licensure and Medicare certification, Medicare and Medicaid enrollment, as well as change of ownership and facility development.
Advis’ relationship with CHRISTUS Santa Rosa extends over 20 years. During this time, the health system has expanded from two inpatient locations in San Antonio, Texas to five adult inpatient hospital locations, a dedicated children’s hospital, several ambulatory surgical centers and freestanding adult and pediatric emergency centers. CHRISTUS has consistently sought to serve its communities as broadly as possible, extending services from Bexar, Comal and Hays counties, and beyond.
CHRISTUS Santa Rosa’s most recent expansion was through the acquisition of Central Texas Medical Center (AdventHealth) in San Marcos, TX. CTMC was subsequently re-branded to CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital-San Marcos. CHRISTUS Santa Rosa approached this hospital change of ownership characteristically, through teamwork among system leadership and in-house legal professionals as well as with System executives and clinical leadership working collaboratively. Advis was well- positioned to join this effort through our long-standing relationship with the System as well as our experience at maintaining system-owned provider and supplier Medicare and Medicaid enrollments. For all involved, the most challenging factor associated with concluding the transaction was likely the scheduled date of closing, April 1, 2020.
The initial days of the COVID-19 pandemic tested health systems and hospitals everywhere. CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System had to prioritize community health needs, staff safety and utilization, and numerous other considerations while meeting the demands of hospital acquisition and closing the deal. That’s a tall order, even by Texas standards. Through teamwork and exhaustive effort, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System responded to these challenges seamlessly. The timing of the acquisition did not change. The process proceeded apace and problem-free.
From Advis’ perspective, the initial period of the pandemic posed similar challenges with conversions to remote work among our own staff and the staff of many of the regulating bodies we work with on behalf of our clients. Our close association with CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System, however, along with our familiarity with executive and clinical leadership, payer enrollments and governance structures, allowed Advis to play its traditional supportive role with respect to the acquired hospital’s licensure, operational registrations, certifications and Medicare and Medicaid enrollments. As always, it was Advis’ pleasure to serve as part of a great team. The longer we serve our valued clients, the better we serve our valued clients. CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System is both the exception and the rule.