January/February 2007

CHI Connect is Here


CHI Connect, Catholic Health Initiatives’ system-wide initiative to standardize and centralize selected business functions, was fully implemented January 2 in the national offices and at Memorial Health Care System, Chattanooga, Tenn.; St. Joseph Health Ministries, Lancaster, Pa.; and St. Joseph Community Health, Albuquerque, N.M. These locations are serving as pilot sites for CHI Connect, which will be rolled out to the rest of Catholic Health Initiatives’ market-based organizations in quarterly implementations from July 2007 through January 2009. Through CHI Connect, Catholic Health Initiatives standardizes and centralizes certain business functions in:
  • Human resources
  • Core accounting
  • Accounts payable
  • Payroll
  • Standard time and attendance
  • Supply chain management
As CHI Connect is implemented, responsibility for certain functions in these areas shifts to support centers that serve all market-based organizations. The national offices, St. Joseph Health Ministries and St. Joseph Community Health, which have been using the finance and supply chain functions of CHI Connect since July 2006, added the human resources functions on January 2, while Memorial implemented CHI Connect in its entirety. “The goal of CHI Connect is to help employees across Catholic Health Initiatives do their jobs more efficiently,” said Michael Rowan, chief operating officer for Catholic Health Initiatives. “CHI Connect enables market-based organizations and national offices to share information that will help our facilities to be competitive in their local markets. It lays a technology foundation for a strong future for every facility within Catholic Health Initiatives.” Access to Information Some aspects of CHI Connect affect the way certain employees, such as accounting and materials management staff members, do their jobs. Other aspects bring beneficial new capabilities to every employee. For example, HR/Payroll Connection, one component of the overall CHI Connect initiative, gives employees direct access to information they must currently obtain through their managers or human resources departments. Employees can view and print their own pay statements; check their available paid time off; request tuition reimbursements; manage the direct deposit of their pay; and more. “CHI Connect helps employees access information more efficiently,” said Rowan. “Whenever we can add efficiency to our operations, it helps to keep our ministry vibrant and ready to serve the needs of our communities.” CHI Connect also provides managers with new tools that will add efficiency to processes such as hiring new employees, promoting employees and ordering supplies. At Memorial Health Care System, leaders worked to ensure that Memorial’s associates were fully aware in advance of the changes associated with CHI Connect. “Change almost always brings challenges. Despite the challenges, our associates are committed to the long-term success of our mission and ministry, and understand that we will continue to be successful if we effectively incorporate new processes into the way we deliver care and services to our patients and guests,” said Ruth Brinkley, president and chief executive officer of Memorial. “CHI Connect offers an opportunity to strengthen our mission by leveraging our size and collective knowledge. We can do far more together than any one of us can do alone.” For more information, contact Paul Parish, vice president of financial and administrative systems for Catholic Health Initiatives, at paulparish@catholichealth.net.

Implementation Schedule July 1, 2007 St. Catherine Hospital, Garden City, Kan. St. Vincent Health System, Little Rock, Ark. October 1, 2007 Good Samaritan Health Systems, Kearney, Neb. Saint Elizabeth Health Systems, Lincoln, Neb. St. Mary’s Community Hospital, Nebraska City, Neb. St. Joseph Medical Center, Towson, Md. St. Joseph Regional Health Network, Reading, Pa. January 1, 2008 Franciscan Health System, Tacoma, Wash. Holy Rosary Medical Center, Ontario, Ore. Mercy Medical Center, Nampa, Idaho Mercy Medical Center, Roseburg, Ore. St. Anthony Hospital, Pendleton, Ore. St. Elizabeth Health Services, Baker City, Ore. April 1, 2008 Flaget Memorial Hospital, Bardstown, Ky. Marymount Medical Center, London, Ky. Our Lady of the Way Hospital, Martin, Ky. Saint Francis Medical Center, Grand Island, Neb. Saint Joseph HealthCare, Lexington, Ky. July 1, 2008 Central Kansas Medical Center, Great Bend, Kan. LakeWood Health Center, Baudette, Minn. Mercy Medical Center-Des Moines, Iowa Mercy Regional Medical Center, Durango, Colo. St. Francis Medical Center, Breckenridge, Minn. St. John’s Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo. St. Mary’s Healthcare Center, Pierre, S.D. Unity Family Healthcare, Little Falls, Minn. October 1, 2008 Carrington Health Center, Carrington, N.D. Lisbon Area Health Services, Lisbon, N.D. Mercy Hospital, Devils Lake, N.D. Mercy Hospital, Valley City, N.D. Mercy Medical Center, Williston, N.D. Oakes Community Hospital, Oakes, N.D. St. Joseph’s Area Health Services, Park Rapids, Minn. St. Joseph’s Hospital and Health Center, Dickinson, N.D. January 1, 2009 Franciscan Villa, South Milwaukee, Wis. Villa Nazareth, Fargo, N.D.