Trinity Health (Livonia, Michigan)
|Key people||Joseph R. Swedish - President/CEO
Patrick G. Hays, Board Chair
senior living communities
home health agencies
|Revenue||$6.3 billion USD (FY 2008)|
Trinity Health was a national operating in 10 states through a wide network of hospitals, clinics, home health and long term care facilities and hospices, until it became CHE Trinity Health in May 2013 when it merged with Catholic Health East. Headquartered in Livonia, Michigan, Trinity Health was the fourth-largest Catholic health system in the United States based on total revenue and now, post-merger, is the second-largest Catholic health system in the country.
Trinity Health's Unified Clinical Organization (UCO) facilitates improvements in clinical excellence with members from throughout the ministry. Together, the work of the UCO has been lauded for saving lives and improving outcomes in areas from perinatal patient safety to heart failure to sepsis.
 Trinity Health has 44,500 full-time staff and more than 8,000 active physicians. It is sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, West Midwest Community, and the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross. Many Catholic healthcare providers do not provide contraception, sterilisation, or abortion services.
Trinity Health provides more than US$300 million a year in programs serving the poor and under-served, and in charity care. In 2008 Trinity Health had commitments of more than $376 million. Trinity Health supports reform of the US healthcare system.
Trinity Health merged with Catholic Health East in 2013.
Hospitals and facilities
Saint Agnes Medical Center, Fresno
Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, South Bend
- Iowa & Surrounding Communities
(The Iowa organizations are members of Mercy Health Network, which is a joint operating arrangement between Trinity Health and Catholic Health Initiatives.)
Holy Cross Hospital, Silver Spring
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, Ann Arbor
Chelsea Community Hospital, Chelsea
Saint Mary's Health Care, Grand Rapids
St. Joseph Mercy Livingston, Howell
St. Mary Mercy Hospital, Livonia
St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, Pontiac
St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron, Port Huron
St. Joseph Mercy Saline, Saline
Mount Carmel Health, Columbus
- Senior Living and Long-Term Care
Catholic restrictions on services
A typical member of Trinity Health, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) of Ann Arbor, says on a Web entry: "As a Catholic organization, SJMHS prohibits its staff from dispensing or prescribing contraceptives and from performing vasectomies, female sterilizations, and elective abortions."
Health information technology
Trinity Health's physicians and nurses use computerized clinical tools to automate processes, including:
- Health records are stored electronically, and available wherever there is computer access.
- Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE): tests and treatments are entered directly into a secure system from where they can be accessed instantly. Orders are marked and checked against a database to ensure accuracy.
- Care is charted at the bedside with mobile equipment, becoming immediately available.
- Drug alert systems provide automatic checks to ensure appropriate medication and dosing, limiting the likelihood of human error. The system checks prescribed medication against lab results and other key information within a patient's electronic health record, such as allergies.
As of January 2009[update], 22 community hospitals within Trinity Health's integrated health delivery network had computerized clinical and revenue-management applications.
US health reform
The organisation carries out advocacy based on the belief that the US health care system should provide everyone with access to health coverage and high-quality care.
Through its "Find a Way" campaign, Trinity Health and its partner organizations contend that health reform is a key ingredient of economic recovery, and that all lawmakers should work urgently toward a goal of "coverage and access for all Americans in a cost-effective system of care."
Trinity Health organises town hall events, visits to Capitol Hill and meetings with local legislators as part of the US health care discussion. Trinity Health president and CEO Joseph R. Swedish issued a call for comprehensive health reform in a column titled "Our Carpe Diem Moment: Execs, Clinicians Must Help Policymakers Find the Way to Universal Coverage", published in Modern Healthcare on April 28, 2008.
Trinity Health was formed by merging Holy Cross Health System and Mercy Health Services in 2000.
Holy Cross Health System has its roots in the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross, founded in 1841 by Father Basil Anthony Moreau. During the Civil War, Holy Cross Sisters helped staff military hospitals, caring for the wounded of both North and South. Over the next 100 years, the Sisters opened hospitals and other healthcare facilities throughout the country, responding to the needs of the times. In 1979 Holy Cross Health System was formed to unite the health care organizations sponsored by the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross.
In 1831, Catherine McAuley founded the Sisters of Mercy in Dublin, Ireland. Over the next 10 years, she and her Sisters established 14 foundations to serve the poor, the sick and the uneducated throughout Ireland and England. After McAuley's death in 1841, the Sisters of Mercy took their mission to America, where they founded hospitals, schools, and orphanages, and established homes for women and girls at risk.
The Sisters of Mercy Regional Community of Detroit traces its roots to convents, schools and hospitals founded as early as the 1860s and 1870s in Iowa and Michigan. In 1976, the Sisters created a health system, eventually called Mercy Health Services, to link and better support their hospitals.
- FY08 audited financial statements http://www.trinity-health.org/contentportal/groups/public/@wcmthho/documents/publicationsanddocuments/cportal_001118.pdf
- Trinity Health to move corporate headquarters, 1,400 employees to Quicken space in Livonia
- 2008 Annual Report
- Trinity Health, Catholic Health East Complete Merger
- Saint Joseph Mercy Health System - St. Joseph Mercy Hospital
- TH Web site, Advocacy
- "A Little Bit Country, A Lot of Technology: (Trinity Health) makes hay with IT projects, For the Record, November 2008.
- "A Pacesetter in Catholic Healthcare, Trinity Health is Attracting National Attention for its Delivery System Unification, IT Initiative and Access-to-Care Ministry," Deloitte Healthcare Review, December 2005
- Joseph R. Swedish, Paul Browne, "Transforming Healthcare One Hospital at a Time,", The Cerner Quarterly, December 2008.
- Jim Erickson, "Bedside Matters: Trinity Health Harnessing Technology to Improve Care and Efficiency Across 30 Hospitals,", BI Review, December 2006.
- Richards, Glenn (September 15, 2003). "Lou Fierens; 39, vice president of supply chain management, Trinity Health, Novi, Mich.(Special Feature: 2003 Up & Comers)". Modern Healthcare. Retrieved 2009-01-22.