Catholic Health Initiatives

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Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) is a national nonprofit health system with headquarters in Englewood, Colorado. CHI is a nonprofit, faith-based health system formed in 1996 through the consolidation of four Catholic health systems. It is one of the nation's largest healthcare systems.

History[edit]

CHI began operation July 1, 1996.

The founding systems were the following:

  • Catholic Health Corporation of Omaha, NE
  • Franciscan Health System of Aston, PA
  • Sisters of Charity Health Care Systems of Cincinnati, OH

In September 1997, The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth Health System, Nazareth, KY, consolidated with Catholic Health Initiatives, adding nine acute care facilities in three states to the system.

Catholic Health Initiatives has expanded since 2011, entering new states and expanding in existing ones.[1] CHI also acquired the health insurer QualChoice, but was unsuccessful in its ownership; QualChoice is currently for sale.[2]

Scope and size[edit]

Colorado-based CHI is one of the nation's largest health systems, operating in 19 states and comprising 105 hospitals, including four academic health centers and major teaching hospitals and 30 critical-access facilities; community health-services organizations; accredited nursing colleges; home-health agencies; and other facilities that span the inpatient and outpatient continuum of care.

In fiscal year 2014, CHI provided $910 million in charity care and community benefit - a nearly 20% increase over the previous year - for programs and services for the poor, free clinics, education and research. Charity care and community benefit totaled more than $1.7 billion with the inclusion of the unpaid costs of Medicare. The health system, which generated revenues of almost $13.9 billion (FY 2014), has total assets of $21.8 billion.

Controversy[edit]

In January 2013, the hospital provoked controversy by arguing in a defense to a wrongful death lawsuit that unborn fetuses should not be classed as persons, contradicting official Catholic doctrine.[3] The hospital association does not have any active priests on its board and the president of the board, Fr. Thomas Kopfensteiner, has argued positions tolerant of abortion against Catholic teaching in the past.[4]

In December 2016, Catholic Health Initiatives, (Autonomous Systems) AS36026, and AS21712 announces Bogons:

Bogon Prefixes

  1. Prefix Type

1 168.112.0.0/21 unallocated 2 168.112.8.0/21 unallocated

Origin AS Announcement Description AS21712 205.167.128.0/23 American Registry for Internet Numbers

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Divisions[edit]

  • Arkansas Hospitals
    • CHI St. Vincent Infirmary, Little Rock, Arkansas
    • CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs, Hot Springs, Arkansas
    • CHI St. Vincent Morrilton, Morrilton, Arkansas
    • CHI St. Vincent North, Sherwood, Arkansas
  • Centura Health, Englewood, Colorado (partnership with Adventist Health System)
  • Mercy Health Network, Des Moines, Iowa (partnership with Trinity Health)
  • KentuckyOne Health, Louisville, Kentucky
  • Minnesota hospitals
    • Lakewood Health Center, Baudette, Minnesota
    • St. Francis Medical Center, Breckenridge, Minnesota
    • St. Joseph's Area Health Services, Park Rapids, Minnesota
    • St. Gabriel's Hospital, Little Falls, Minnesota
  • CHI Health, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Saint Claire's Health System, Denville, New Jersey
  • North Dakota hospitals
  • Premier Health Partners, Dayton, Ohio (partnership)
  • Sylvania Franciscan Health, Toledo, Ohio
  • TriHealth, Cincinnati, Ohio (partnership with Bethesda Inc.)
  • Oregon hospitals
  • Pennsylvania hospitals
  • Memorial Hospital, Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • St. Luke's Health, Houston, Texas
  • CHI Franciscan Health, Tacoma, Washington

References[edit]

  1. ^ Melanie Evans (2014-12-20). "CHI's financial results show its growth comes with costs beyond the price of buying". Modern Healthcare. Retrieved 2016-11-05. 
  2. ^ Bob Herman. "Catholic Health Initiatives to divest health plan operations". Modern Healthcare. Retrieved 2016-11-06. 
  3. ^ Tomasic, John (23 January 2013). "In malpractice case, Catholic hospital argues fetuses aren't people". The Colorado Independent. Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  4. ^ http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/0405868.htm
  5. ^ Hurricane, Electric Internet Services. "Bogon Routes". Hurricane ElectricBGP Toolkit Home. Retrieved 27 December 2016. 

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