Catholic Health Partners (CHP) performs acts of healing in Kentucky and Ohio. One of the nation's largest not-for-profit health systems, CHP offers health care services through 100 organizations. Facilities include 24 hospitals, more than a dozen long-term care facilities, affordable housing for the elderly, and wellness centers. CHP also operates physician practices and hospice and home health care agencies. The system is co-sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy South Central and Mid-Atlantic communities; the Sisters of the Humility of Mary; the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor; and Covenant Health Systems.
The health care system's revenues come from the usual mix of governmental and private health care plans. Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements accounted for just over half of revenues in 2010.
CHP organizes its operations into regions to better serve the communities where its facilities are located. Its acute and non-acute inpatient facilities have a total of more than 6,300 beds. Specialized health care services include cancer, cardiology, radiology, laboratory, surgical, and women's health care. CHP also operates HealthSpan, a health insurance plan (a PPO) that covers nearly 120,000 lives.
The health network has grown through acquiring medical facilities that complement its regional operations. In 2010 CHP acquired Jewish Hospital in Cincinnati from UC Health (formerly The Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati) for some $180 million. Jewish Hospital became part of the Mercy Health Partners Southwest Ohio division.
Previously, CHP was also active in Pennsylvania and Tennessee. However, in 2011 it pulled out of those markets by selling off its health systems in those states. It sold the three hospital system Mercy Health Partners (Scranton) in 2011 as a way to offset some of its financial losses related to unreimbursed health care services. Community Health Systems (CHS) bought the system for an undisclosed amount and agreed to invest about $70 million during its first five years of ownership. CHP then sold the seven-hospital Mercy Health Partners Tennessee system to for-profit hospital operator Health Management Associates for $525 million; the system was renamed as Tennova Healthcare following the transaction. CHP maintained that while the Tennessee operations were strong, the division needed a capital infusion to reduce its debt obligations and to ensure for future growth.
In 2009, CHP launched a five-year, $250 million project to install a system wide electronic health record (EHR). As part of this initiative, in early 2012 CHP introduced Care Everywhere, a software from Epic Systems, in nine of its hospitals. The organization hopes to have all of its hospitals connected via the EHR by mid-2014. – less