May 2006

The First Ten Years: 1996 through 1999


July 1996 Catholic Health Initiatives began operations on July 1 under the leadership of Patricia A. Cahill, president and chief executive officer; and Maryanna Coyle, SC, chair of the Board of Stewardship Trustees. The organization began the process of blending the operations and cultures of three existing health systems. By March 1998, the organization welcomed the health care operations of two additional congregations: Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Nazareth, Ky.; and Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Hankinson, N.D. March 1998 The Board of Stewardship Trustees adopted four core values — Reverence, Integrity, Compassion and Excellence — as guiding principles for fulfilling Catholic Health Initiatives’ mission and vision. The adoption was the culmination of a process that began in August 1997, in which nearly 700 members of the Catholic Health Initiatives family — employees, physicians, participating congregation members and board members from across the system — worked together to define the core values. May 1998 Catholic Health Initiatives introduced its core values during its first National Leadership Conference, held in Keystone, Colorado. The conference, held every two years, provides leaders from throughout the system with continuing education, updates on system-wide initiatives, inspirational insights from keynote speakers and time to network. October 1998 Catholic Health Initiatives adopted a Social Responsibility Investment Policy to ensure that its investments reflect the mission and vision of the organization. October 1999 With seven other Catholic organizations, Catholic Health Initiatives formed the Catholic Consortium for International Health Services, a group that collaborates to maximize resources available for international mission work.