The long and the short of it is that Catholic Health Services of Long Island (CHS) provides health care to the residents of Long Island. Founded in 1997 and sponsored by the Diocese of Rockville Centre, CHS's operations consist of six hospitals and three nursing homes, as well as regional home care and hospice services. Within the CHS system, member organizations offer virtually any medical specialty or clinical service. The system's hospitals, which include Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, Mercy Medical Center, and St. Francis Hospital, house some 1,725 beds, more than 15,000 employees, and a medical staff of 3,300. CHS's MaryHaven Center provides services to people of all ages with disabilities.
The company's CHS Home Support Services division provides respiratory therapy services and home medical equipment to patients in Nassau, Suffolk, and Queens counties. The home infusion therapy program services Nassau and Suffolk communities.
Following the consolidation trend of many regional hospital systems in the face of US health reform, CHS in 2011 added a new hospital. Formerly New Island Hospital, the 203-bed St. Joseph Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, emergency, and specialty care services.
The system has been working to expand and improve its existing hospital centers in recent years. For instance, it recently build a new patient tower at the Good Samaritan Hospital. St. Francis Hospital's The Heart Center also opened the 3,250-sq.-ft. Bishop McHugh Health Center in Hicksville to provide primary care to the uninsured and underinsured.
CHS is a member of the Long Island Health Network, which monitors quality of care and organizes purchasing functions for area health providers.
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The health network is looking to enact an electronic health records (EHRs) system among its hospitals, which will help it share patient information with other area facilities. – less