Our story began formally in 1996, but the idea of Catholic Health Initiatives is deeply rooted. Faithful servants have been practicing the love of Christ by caring for those in need for centuries. We stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before; they left a strong legacy for us to continue and nurture.

November 2014 - Sylvania Franciscan Health became part of CHI, adding St. Joseph Health System in the Brazos Valley regional of Texas; Franciscan Living Communities in Kentucky and Ohio; and three hospitals in eastern Ohio to the system.

October 2014 - CHI St. Alexius Health, Bismarck, ND, became a direct affiliate of CHI, adding St. Alexius Medical Center and two critical access hospitals to the system.

August 2014 - Two CHI organizations – Alegent Creighton Health and CHI Nebraska – united under the name CHI Health, becoming the largest health care network covering the Nebraska and Southwest Iowa region.August 2014 - Two CHI organizations – Alegent Creighton

July 2014 - CHI’s Mission and Ministry Fund topped the $55 million mark in total grant awards for building healthy communities. Since 1996, the fund has awarded 409 grants totaling $55.5 million.

June 2014 Prominence Health became the new name of CollabHealth Managed Services, as a wholly-owned subsidiary of CHI that provides innovative health insurance products and services.

June 2014CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial (formerly Memorial Health System of East Texas), Lufkin, TX, joined CHI and became affiliated with CHI St. Luke’s Health, Houston.

May 2014 - A new, enterprise-wide branding strategy aligned CHI’s facilities and providers around the nation under a common identity, including a new logo and theme line, “Imagine Better Health.

June 2013CHI successfully established several new lines of business, including managed care, physician practice management services, clinical engineering consulting and a virtual health.

May 2013 – St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System, a six-hospital system based in Houston, TX, joined CHI as St. Luke’s Health System. The organization includes outpatient clinics throughout the Houston metro area, a medical staff of 2,800 and affiliations with Baylor College of Medicine, the 370-physician Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, Texas Heart Institute, Texas Children’s Hospital and MD Anderson Cancer Center.

January 2013 – CHI reached the halfway mark in the implementation of OneCare, its universal electronic health record.

November 2012 – The University Medical Center (UMC) and the University of Louisville (UofL) announced that they entered into a partnership to bring together University Hospital and the James Graham Brown Cancer Center with CHI’s KentuckyOne Health.

November 2012 – CHI and Immanuel, which had a partnership in Omaha, NE, under the name Alegent Health since 1996, finalized an agreement that made CHI the sole sponsor of Alegent Creighton Health. 

January 2012 – Jewish Hospital and St. Mary's HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System announced a merger of the two organizations forming KentuckyOne Health, the state's largest health system.

May 2011 – CHI celebrated its 15th anniversary.

February 2011 – CHI became a founding sponsor of the Institute of Medicine’s Forum on Global Violence Prevention.

September 2010Consolidated Health Services, a home care service provider with 30 locations in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana, joined CHI as the basis of a national home care service line.

July 2010 - CHI celebrates its 15th Anniversary with a new video, "CHI: Courage, Compassion and Community," which tells the contemporary story of CHI's beauty, depth and diversity as a health care ministry.

November 2009 – CHI acquired an equity position in Pathology Associates Medical Laboratories (PAML), a full-service medical reference laboratory in Spokane, WA, operated by Providence Health Services.

March 2008 CHI’s mission of building healthy communities was reaffirmed by its launch of a national violence prevention campaign, which will include millions of dollars in grants to help eliminate violence.

September 2007– CHI embarked on a systemwide research and development effort, designed to identify and evaluate new ways to drive innovation and advance health care delivery throughout the healing ministry.

April 2007– Saint Clare’s Health System, a four-hospital system that is the largest community health system in northwest New Jersey, entered an agreement to join CHI.

January 2007Kevin Lofton, president and CEO of CHI, became chair of the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association.

October 2006 – Catholic Health Initiatives received the inaugural Outstanding Organization of the Year Award from the National Association of Health Services Executives.

June 2006– Through the implementation of rapid response teams, strategic staffing and evidence-based practices, Catholic Health Initiatives’ facilities reduced mortality 6.25% during fiscal year 2006, the equivalent of 450 lives saved.

October 2005 – CHI received the 2005 International Spirit at Work Award for promotion of workplace spirituality.

March 2005 – CHI adopted the objectives of the 100,000 Lives Campaign created by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, including the avoidance of 100,000 preventable patient deaths from December 2004 to June 2006 through hospital implementation of six proven interventions.

November 2004 The My Voice, My Vote campaign created by CHI encouraged employees, board members, physicians, volunteers and others to learn about candidates and issues and vote in political elections.

August 2003Kevin E. Lofton, FACHE, executive vice president and COO, was named the second president and CEO of CHI upon the retirement of Patricia A. Cahill.

April 2001 CHI received the 2001 National Quality Health Care Award from the National Committee for Quality Health Care and Modern Healthcare magazine. CHI was the first national health care system to win the award.

September 1999 CHI announced the first three investments of its Direct Community Investment Program. $1.8 million in investments, in the form of no- or low-interest loans, went to organizations that promote access to jobs, housing, education or health care for disadvantaged populations.

October 1998 The Board of Stewardship Trustees adopted a Social Responsibility Investment Policy to steward CHI’s financial resources in a manner consistent with its mission, vision and core values.

May 1998 CHI introduced its core values – Reverence, Integrity, Compassion and Excellence – at its first National Leadership Conference.

March 1998The Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Hankinson, ND, transferred sponsorship of a hospital and eight clinics in North Dakota to CHI.

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.

May 1997 CHI’s Mission and Ministry Fund awarded its first grants, totaling more than $1.8 million, to programs designed to build healthy communities.

July 1996 CHI began operation July 1.

May 1996 Leaders from each system signed the documents that officially united Catholic Health Corporation, Franciscan Health System and Sisters of Charity Health Care Systems as Catholic Health Initiatives.

January 1996The first Board of Stewardship Trustees formed, with six lay persons and six members of religious institutes, including three members of congregations that merged their health ministries to form CHI. Patricia A. Cahill, Esq., was named the first president and CEO.

August 1995 Organizers named the new organization Catholic Health Initiatives and approved a mission statement.

July 1995 A Steering Council determined five goals for the new organization:

  • Research and development of new ministries
  • Leadership development
  • Development of the concept of healthy communities
  • Advocacy
  • General oversight of business and activities

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



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