December 1986: Catholic Healthcare West is created through a merger of Mercy Health Care Organization, Sacramento, Calif., and Mercy Health System, Burlingame, Calif. The new system has 10 hospitals and revenue of more than $730 million. Its first president is Robert Densmore, the former head of Mercy Health System. The two co-sponsors of the system are Sisters of Mercy Auburn (Calif.) and Sisters of Mercy Burlingame.
May 1988: The Adrian (Mich.) Dominican Sisters brings its two hospitals-one in California and another in Nevada-into the CHW fold and becomes CHW's third religious sponsor.
July 1989: Richard Kramer is named CHW's second president and chief executive officer, replacing the retired Densmore.
May 1995: The Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, West Province, in Los Altos Hills, Calif., becomes CHW's fourth religious sponsor when it merges healthcare operations with CHW to create a 24-hospital system with more than $2 billion in annual revenue.
May 1996: CHW gains three more religious sponsors. The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, Houston, the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael (Calif.) and the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena, Kenosha, Wis., merge their healthcare operations with CHW, giving the system a total of 30 hospitals and annual revenue of more than $3 billion. The system posts a profit on operations of $32.6 million on total revenue of $2.8 billion, the last year it posts an operating profit.
April 1997: CHW gains two more religious sponsors: Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity, Redwood City, Calif., and the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart, Frankfort, Ill., giving the system 32 hospitals.
June 1997: CHW posts a $79.6 million operating loss on total revenue of $3.2 billion.
June 1999: CHW posts a $140.9 million operating loss on total revenue of $3.5 billion.
December 1998: CHW completes its acquisition of eight hospitals owned by UniHealth, Burbank, Calif., bringing its total to 47 hospitals.
June 1999: CHW posts a $339.7 million operating loss on total revenue of $4.2 billion.
July 1999: CHW announces Kramer will step down "by mutual agreement" as president and CEO effective Sept. 7. During his tenure, Kramer quadrupled the system's hospital holdings.
June 2000: CHW posts operating losses of $317.9 million on total revenue of $4.8 billion in the fiscal year ended June 30. Lloyd Dean takes over as CHW's new president and CEO, replacing Kramer.
February 2001: CHW announces major corporate reorganization.