Catholic Health Initiatives

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Catholic Health Initiatives
Non-profit organization
Area served
North America
Key people
Kevin E. Lofton, CEO[1]
DivisionsCHI Health CHI Franciscan Health
This is the Catholic Health Initiatives headquarters in Inverness, CO.

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.[citation needed]

In 2018 Dignity Health and Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) received approval from the Catholic Church through the Vatican to merge. When completed the new hospital network will be the largest non-profit hospital system in the United States based on revenue.[1]


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


  • 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.
  • March 1998, The Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Hankinson, North Dakota, transfer sponsorship of a hospital and eight clinics to CHI.
  • September 2010, Consolidated Health Services, a home care service provider with 30 locations in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana, joins CHI as the basis of a national home care business line. Home health is later re-branded as CHI Health at Home.
  • May 2013, St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System, a six-hospital system based in Houston, Texas, joins CHI as St. Luke’s Health System. The organization includes outpatient clinics throughout the Houston metro area and affiliations with Baylor College of Medicine, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, Texas Heart Institute, Texas Children’s Hospital and MD Anderson Cancer Center.
  • April 1, 2014, Mercy Health of Hot Springs Arkansas signed a definitive agreement to transfer ownership of Mercy Hot Springs hospital and medical group to CHI St. Vincent. [3]
  • June 2014, CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial (formerly Memorial Health System), Lufkin, Texas, joins CHI.
  • October 2014, CHI St. Alexius Health, Bismarck, North Dakota, becomes a direct affiliate of CHI, adding St. Alexius Medical Center and two critical access hospitals to the system.
  • November 2014, Sylvania Franciscan Health becomes part of CHI, adding St. Joseph Health System in the Brazos Valley region of Texas; Franciscan Living Communities in Kentucky and Ohio; and three hospitals in eastern Ohio to the system
  • January 2016, Brazosport Regional Health System, Lake Jackson, Texas, joins CHI St. Luke’s Health, Houston.
  • December 2017, Dignity Health and CHI announce a definitive agreement to merge.[4]

Catholic Health Initiatives has expanded since 2011, entering new states and expanding in existing ones.[5] CHI also acquired the health insurer QualChoice, but was unsuccessful in its ownership; QualChoice is currently for sale.[6]

Scope and size[edit]

Colorado-based CHI is one of the nation's largest health systems, operating in 18 states and comprising 104 hospitals[7], 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.


In January 2013, the hospital's defense lawyers provoked controversy by arguing against a wrongful death lawsuit that unborn fetuses should not be classed as persons, contradicting Catholic doctrine estabilished by pope John Paul II.[8] When the case was submitted to the three bishops of Colorado for review, they issued a joint statement which reiterated their commitment to defending human dignity against attacks.[9]


  • Arkansas Hospitals (CHI St. Vincent)
    • 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
    • CHI LakeWood Health, Baudette, Minnesota
    • CHI St. Francis Health, Breckenridge, Minnesota
    • CHI St. Joseph's Health, Park Rapids, Minnesota
    • CHI St. Gabriel's Health, Little Falls, Minnesota
  • Nebraska & Iowa Hospitals (CHI Health)
    • CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center Bergan Mercy, Omaha, Nebraska
    • CHI Health Good Samaritan, Kearney, Nebraska
    • CHI Health Immanuel Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska
    • CHI Health Lakeside, Omaha, Nebraska
    • CHI Health Mercy, Corning, Iowa
    • CHI Health Mercy, Council Bluffs, Iowa
    • CHI Health Midlands, Papillion, Nebraska
    • CHI Health, Missouri Valley, Iowa
    • CHI Health Nebraska Heart, Lincoln, Nebraska
    • CHI Health Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center, Lincoln, Nebraska
    • CHI Health Saint Francis Medical Center, Grand Island, Nebraska
    • CHI Health Saint Mary's, Nebraska City, Nebraska
  • Saint Clare's Health System, Denville, New Jersey
  • North Dakota
    • CHI Lisbon Health
    • CHI Mercy Health
    • CHI Oakes Hospital
    • CHI St. Alexius Health
  • Premier Health Partners, Dayton, Ohio (partnership)
  • TriHealth, Cincinnati, Ohio (partnership with Bethesda Inc.)
  • Oregon hospitals
    • CHI Mercy Health
    • CHI St. Anthony Hospital
  • CHI St. Joseph Children's Health (Pennsylvania)
  • CHI Memorial, Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Texas hospitals
  • CHI Franciscan Health, Tacoma, Washington

See also[edit]

  • CHI Health Center Omaha, an indoor arena in the Nebraska city named through a sponsorship deal with this company's CHI Health subsidiary


  1. ^ "National Leadership". Catholic Health Initiatives. Catholic Health Initiatives. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Our History". Retrieved 2018-03-07.
  3. ^ "Mercy Hot Springs hospital now St. Vincent Hot Springs".
  4. ^ Philip Betbeze (2017-12-07). "Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health to Merge". Health Leaders Media. Retrieved 2018-03-07.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ Bob Herman. "Catholic Health Initiatives to divest health plan operations". Modern Healthcare. Retrieved 2016-11-06.
  7. ^
  8. ^ Tomasic, John (23 January 2013). "In malpractice case, Catholic hospital argues fetuses aren't people". The Colorado Independent. Retrieved 24 January 2013.
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