By Cathi Douglas     2/1/2016

Employees and their families joined community leaders and local residents on a cloudy morning last Saturday to celebrate the blessing of St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare’s new Shared Services office in Anaheim.

Sister Marian Schubert, CSJ, executive vice president of mission integration for St. Joseph Health, presided over the blessing of the new 191,000-square-foot office building, located at 200 W. Center Street Promenade.

“This blessing ties our new space back to our mission and the values that St. Joseph Health stands for, which is to go out and identify needs in the community,” says Kevin Manemann, president and CEO of St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare. “Blessing our building grounds us in the work we do to extend the healing of Jesus.”

More than 800 Heritage and Home Health employees in 15 different departments have been brought to work together in the offices, which first opened in October 2015. The new space helps promote collaboration across the St. Joseph Health network, including medical groups, affiliated networks and St. Joseph Home Health. Now the people performing different functions can discuss important issues in hallway conversations and efficiently coordinate key services in one place.

The Shared Services downtown location is close to the Anaheim Packing District, the Downtown Anaheim Certified Farmers Market held every Thursday, and a number of locally owned restaurants and small businesses, which encourages those working in the building to get outside.

The Shared Services offices were designed with employees’ health and well-being in mind, and will feature a wellness center, community room, classrooms and a gym, as well as open break areas where workers can collaborate creatively or rest and regroup.

The eight-story building features 23 Reflection Walls in its conference rooms. The walls showcase photographs and historic facts about St. Joseph Heritage’s medical groups across the state and pay tribute to important people in the organization’s history, including Mother Bernard Gosselin, founder of the Sisters of St. Joseph.

“Within these walls there are groups of people meeting to discuss the future of health care, working to shape something extraordinary,” notes Darrin Montalvo, president of integrated services. “They have big visions and they are ready to act. If that sounds familiar, it is. For generations, this is how we collaborate to envision and create a better tomorrow.”

Speakers at the Jan. 23 event included Tom Tait, mayor of the city of Anaheim and three officials from St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare: John Bennett, chief administrative officer; Montalvo; and Dr. Robert Rosenberg, chair of the board of directors. Tours followed the blessing ceremony.

“We want to have a presence in Anaheim and we’re planning to put a clinic in the area,” Manemann says. “The city’s perspective is in line with how we like to engage in the community, helping people thrive and be healthier through preventive care and outreach.”

St. Joseph Health is a not-for-profit, integrated health care delivery system that includes 16 hospitals, physician organizations, home health agencies, hospice care, outpatient services and community outreach services. Part of St. Joseph Health, St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare includes eight medical groups in California, four of which are in Orange County. In addition to its medical groups, Heritage supports four affiliated physician networks throughout the Orange County region.