Lloyd H. Dean
CEO, Dignity Health
Kevin E. Lofton
CEO, Catholic Health Initiatives
We are pleased to share that Dignity Health and Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) are combining to create a new, nonprofit Catholic health system focused on creating healthier communities.
Both CHI and Dignity Health believe that everyone deserves access to quality, affordable health care. By combining our complementary resources and capabilities, we will create a stronger system to increase investment in critical access areas to advance quality of care and access across 28 states, while ensuring our caregivers are positioned to succeed within the evolving health care field.
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What did Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health announce in a definitive agreement?
Dignity Health and Catholic Health Initiatives have signed a definitive agreement to create a new, nonprofit health system focused on creating healthier communities. The new system will bring together two organizations with complementary missions, capabilities, and talent bases, enabling each to scale their clinical advancements across a combined system. Dignity Health has an operating model that has scaled programs to ensure consistent best practices across the system, and brings capabilities in innovation and diversified care-delivery partnerships. Catholic Health Initiatives has a diverse geography with clinical service lines and home health capabilities, as well as affiliations in research and education. With no geographic overlap of hospital service areas, Dignity Health and Catholic Health Initiatives will combine complementary resources and capabilities to create a stronger system to increase investment in critical areas to advance quality care and access.
Why are the two organizations combining?
By combining our complementary resources and capabilities, we will create a stronger system to increase investment in critical areas to advance quality of care and access. The new organization will have the size and ability to scale best-in-class clinical service lines; recruit and retain top talent; standardize operations to improve quality and reduce the cost of care; advocate more effectively for all people, especially those who are poor and vulnerable. We will focus on expanding access to outpatient and virtual care settings offering care closer to home, and continuing to invest in clinical programs to keep aging populations and people suffering from chronic illnesses healthier. We will increase our investments in digital technologies and innovations like tele-medicine programs, stroke robots, and Google Glass, which create a more personalized and efficient care experience regardless of location.
How will the combination affect the people and communities we serve?
People will continue to receive high-quality care at the hospitals and facilities in their communities. The combination will build on the complementary strengths of both systems, creating a new organization that will share a commitment to whole-person care and leading clinical practices. The new system will focus on standardizing clinical practices and reducing clinical variation to help better manage health care costs for people, communities, and employers. The new system will also provide greater access to research and innovative technology. For example, precision medicine cancer care typically available only at academic medical centers will be available in more communities – enabling patients to receive leading-edge cancer treatment closer to home.