CHI St. Gabriel’s Health Honored for Innovation


CHI St. Gabriel’s Health, Little Falls, MN, received the Minnesota Hospital Association’s Innovation of the Year in Patient Care honor for small hospitals. In 2015, CHI St. Gabriel's Health received a State Innovation Model grant to focus on a population of patients using narcotics for chronic pain. Emergency room data showed that the top reason for ED visits at St. Gabriel's Hospital was patients seeking narcotics for pain.

A multidisciplinary care team was created to treat each of these patients face to face, focusing on the cause of their pain. The Morrison County Prescription Drug Task Force was formed to enhance community collaboration on this project. Together, CHI St. Gabriel's and the task force held a community forum in October 2016 to build awareness, educate and encourage the community to lock up medications and properly dispose of unused medications.

CHI St. Gabriel's Health has reduced the prescribing of opioids by 9,000 pills each month for the first 127 patients found to be overusing opioids. Savings on pharmaceutical costs for just those 127 patients total $738,000 annually. More importantly, fewer opioid prescriptions contribute to a better quality of life for patients and a safer community.

Advancing Health Care Together
Advancing Health Care Together JUL 18, 2018

We are pleased to share that Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and Dignity Health, based in California, plan to create a new, nonprofit Catholic health system focused on creating healthier communities.

Catholic Health Initiatives Helps Lead Campaign to Create New ICD-10 Codes on Human Trafficking JUL 17, 2018

Catholic Health initiatives helped spearhead an 18-month-long effort to create a diagnostic code that will allow medical professionals to identify victims of human trafficking when they arrive at facilities seeking health care.

Catholic Health Initiatives Provides $5.2 Million for New Grants to Innovative Projects that Build Healthy Communities JUL 16, 2018

Catholic Health Initiatives, one of the nation’s largest nonprofit health systems, has awarded new grants totaling $5.2 million this year to innovative programs designed to build healthy communities. In addition, CHI’s Mission and Ministry Fund will provide $4.1 million this year to earlier grantees supported through multi-year funding, including a


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