Catholic Health Initiatives

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Catholic Health Initiatives is a national nonprofit health system with headquarters in Inverness, Colorado.

CHI is a nonprofit, faith-based health system formed in 1996 through the consolidation of four Catholic health systems, expresses its mission each day by creating and nurturing healthy communities in the hundreds of sites across the nation where it provides care. One of the nation’s largest health systems, Englewood, Colo.-based CHI operates in 19 states and comprises 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 in fiscal year 2014, has total assets of $21.8 billion.


In early 1995, a group of Catholic health care leaders began to explore ways to strengthen the health ministry for the future. Sponsors of Catholic health ministries realized that the evolving health care environment would require a radical change in organizational structures.

They envisioned a national Catholic health ministry, sponsored and governed by an equal religious-lay partnership, which would live out its mission by transforming health care delivery and creating new ministries to promote healthy communities.

Organizers named the new organization Catholic Health Initiatives and approved a mission statement. 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.


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.[1] 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.[1]


  • St. Vincent Infirmary, Little Rock, 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
  • Franciscan Health System, Tacoma, Washington


  1. ^ 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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