The starting gun has been fired for a new, giant Roman Catholic healthcare system, Catholic Health Initiatives.
The three Catholic chains that make up the new company merged assets April 30. The company will open a national office in Denver by July 1.
The founding systems were Catholic Health Corp., Omaha, Neb.; Sisters of Charity Health Care Systems, Cincinnati; and Franciscan Health System, Aston, Pa. (April 24, 1995, p. 2).
Catholic Health Initiatives, known as CHI, draws annual revenues in excess of $4 billion, making it one of the largest U.S. systems. Among Catholic providers, only Daughters of Charity National Health System, with almost equal revenues, is of comparable size.
The 61 hospitals and 50 long-term-care facilities operated by CHI are organized into five divisions: Eastern region, based in Aston, Pa.; Upper Midwest region, Bloomington, Minn.; Central Midwest region, Omaha, Neb.; Rocky Mountain region, Denver; and Western region, Tacoma, Wash.
"Our goal as an influential national Catholic organization is to ensure the future of Catholic healthcare in the many communities we serve," said Patricia Cahill, CHI president and chief executive officer.
In Colorado, an affiliate of its Rocky Mountain region already is working on expanding its geographic presence and consolidating its management.
That affiliate is Centura Health, a joint venture of Sisters of Charity Health Services Colorado and PorterCare Adventist Health System, Denver.
Centura is "in discussions with other organizations, and we are close to a couple of opportunities," said Gary Susnara, president of both Centura and the CHI Rocky Mountain region.
As part of its consolidation, Centura recently laid off about 45 senior managers, bringing senior management to about 70 people, he said.