Multi-Institutional Systems

Publication Title: 
Health Progress (Saint Louis, Mo.)

The three original founding healthcare systems and 10 sponsoring religious institutes of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) have developed an unprecedented governance model to support their vision of a national Catholic health ministry in the twenty-first century. The new organization spans 22 states; annual revenues exceed $4.7 billion. Religious institutes choose either active or honorary status before consolidating with CHI, depending on their desired involvement in the organization. Currently, nine are active and two are honorary.

Author(s): 
Poe, J. E.
Publication Title: 
Journal for Healthcare Quality: Official Publication of the National Association for Healthcare Quality

This article describes a process developed by Eastern Mercy Health System (EMHS), headquartered in Radnor, PA, to identify opportunities for quality improvement using defined outcome-based indicators in skilled nursing and long-term care (SN/LTC). The model is built on collaboration among the system's freestanding and hospital-based facilities; it includes a cyclical approach to the exchange of information.

Author(s): 
Denny, D. S.
Christian, V.
Nordan, V. N.
Therriault, M. F.
Publication Title: 
Health Progress (Saint Louis, Mo.)

In an interview with Health Progress, Sr. Patricia A. Eck, DBS, and Christopher M Carney, respectively the chairperson of the board and president/chief executive officer of Bon Secours Health System, Inc. (BSHSI), Marriotsville, MD, talked about their system, the Catholic health ministry, and not-for-profit healthcare in general. BSHSI is sponsored by the Congregation of Bon Secours, which was founded in Paris in 1824 to provide home healthcare for the poor.

Author(s): 
Eck, P. A.
Carney, C. M.
Publication Title: 
Modern Healthcare

A young megasystem is charting new territory in Catholic healthcare because of its size, its ownership structure, which gives laity a more prominent role, and its enviable bottom line. But Denver-based Catholic Health Initiatives' many new ventures raise questions about the future: Will CHI become an acquisition-monger? Will it be able to maintain its strong Catholic ministry?

Author(s): 
Bellardi, D.
Publication Title: 
Profiles in Healthcare Marketing

Daniel Freeman Hospitals in in Los Angeles committed $11.2 million to its community benefits program, which includes charitable care, reimbursement shortfalls, outreach and community service programs. The Catholic hospitals are part of the Carondelet Health System. Their mission follows the example of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet who, in France in 1600, departed from the cloistered community life to go beyond the convent and care to people in their local communities.

Author(s): 
Rees, T.
Publication Title: 
Annals of Health Law

Professor Singer and Ms. Johnson Lantz provide a cogent overview of Catholic health care in the United States and address the key issues affecting Catholic health care in the coming years. In particular, (1) clarity in canonical and ethical interpretation; (2) industry consolidation; and (3) "next generation" sponsorship and the impact of these issues are discussed in detail. The authors conclude that successful Catholic health care organizations must maintain strong mission and business fundamentals in an increasingly competitive reimbursement and regulatory environment.

Author(s): 
Singer, L. E.
Lantz, E. J.
Publication Title: 
Modern Healthcare

Roman Catholic giant Ascension Health is showing that not only investor-owned chains can offer a financial sanctuary to a troubled hospital. Last week, the nation's largest not-for-profit system agreed to absorb Carondelet Health System and its eight remaining hospitals.

Author(s): 
Galloro, Vince
Publication Title: 
Journal for Healthcare Quality: Official Publication of the National Association for Healthcare Quality

Sr. Mary Jean Ryan, Franciscan Sister of Mary, is president/chief executive officer of SSM Health Care (SSMHC), one of the largest Catholic healthcare systems in the United States, with 23,000 employees and 5,000 affiliated physicians serving in 21 hospitals and 3 nursing homes. This year SSMHC became the first healthcare recipient of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. During her 16-year tenure, Sr. Mary Jean has emphasized three key themes: preservation of the earth's resources, valuing ethnic and gender diversity, and commitment to continuous quality improvement (CQI).

Author(s): 
Ryan, Mary Jean
Publication Title: 
Hospitals & Health Networks

SSM Health Care last year won the nation's most prestigious award for business quality. How it did so provides valuable lessons for all hospitals striving for excellence.

Author(s): 
Dunn, Philip
Santamour, Bill
Publication Title: 
Frontiers of Health Services Management

SSM Health Care (SSMHC), the first healthcare recipient of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, has been cited by both Baldrige and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations as having a culture of continuous quality improvement (CQI). SSM Health Care began to implement CQI systemwide in 1990. CQI provided the foundation for other strategies that served to further weave quality improvement into the fabric of the organization's culture.

Author(s): 
Sr Mary Jean Ryan, null

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