Catholic Health East marries the physical and the spiritual in its vast network of not-for-profit health care facilities. As one of the largest religious health systems in the country, Catholic Health East carries out its mission of healing the sick through more than 30 acute-care hospitals, 25 freestanding and hospital-based long-term care facilities, about two dozen assisted living homes, and numerous behavioral health and rehabilitation centers. Operating in 11 states along the East Coast from Maine to Florida, Catholic Health East is also one of the country's largest providers of home health care services. The health care organization is sponsored by seven religious congregations and Hope Ministries.
Catholic Health East (CHE) is exploring a merger with Michigan-based Trinity Health. The combination of CHE and Trinity would create a health system serving 21 states from coast to coast with 82 hospitals, 89 continuing care facilities and home health and hospice programs that provide nearly 2.8 million visits annually. The new system would have annual operating revenues of about $13.3 billion and assets of about $19.3 billion. Consolidation talks are non-binding and in the early stages. The two parties look to reach a definitive agreement by spring 2013.
Catholic Health East was founded in 1998 when three regional Catholic health systems joined forces. It has since grown its network by adding affiliated hospitals to its network, including the 2008 addition of Saint Michael's Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey, and the Minnie G. Boswell Memorial Hospital, an acute-care facility in Greene County, Georgia.
Catholic Health East also grows through partnerships like the one it formed with Deborah Heart and Lung Center to develop a satellite emergency department on Deborah's campus in New Jersey. The $4 million emergency department, scheduled to open in 2010, would be operated by Lourdes Medical Center, a Catholic Health East affiliate, and is part of a plan to expand care services in Burlington County.
In mid-2010 the health system got a new leader when Judith Persichilli, Catholic Health East's former COO, was named to succeed Robert Stanek, who retired after seven years as CEO and more than 18 years with the company.
Like most other health care providers, Catholic Health East saw an influx of uninsured patients as the US economy collapsed and people began to lose their jobs and health insurance. As a result, the health system provided more than $330 million in community benefit programs in 2009 (an 11% increase from the prior year).
For example, in 2009 Catholic Health East's Mobile Medical Clinic in Florida treated more than 700 children and immunized 465. The bus -- which also offers health education to parents -- is funded by St. Joseph's Children's Hospital, part of BayCare Health System; the Children's Board of Hillsborough County; the American Academy of Pediatrics; and the Blue Foundation for a Healthy Florida. – less