Catholic Health East
A TRANSFORMING HEALING PRESENCE
Catholic Health East is a multi-institutional Catholic health system, co-sponsored by nine religious congregations and Hope Ministries, a Public Juridic Person within Catholic Health East. Based in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, the System provides the means to ensure the continuation of the Catholic identity and operational strength of the sponsors’ health ministries, which are located in 11 eastern states from Maine to Florida.
The System includes 33 acute care hospitals, five long-term acute care hospitals, 24 freestanding and hospital-based long-term care facilities, 11 assisted-living facilities, four continuing care retirement communities, seven behavioral health and rehabilitation facilities, 39 home health/hospice agencies and numerous ambulatory and community-based health services. Catholic Health East facilities employ approximately 54,000 full-time employees as partners in ministry. Catholic Health East is the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services (ranked by number of visits) in the nation as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of programs.
Catholic Health East - Its History and Mission
In the fall of 1997, 12 religious sponsors brought their health ministries together to create a new co-sponsored health system—Catholic Health East (CHE). Allegany Health System, Eastern Mercy Health System, and Sisters of Providence Health System combined legally and operationally to create CHE and was founded January 8, 1998.
The religious sponsors formed CHE to strengthen the role and identity of the Catholic health ministry in the eastern United States. Catholic Health East is grounded in the sponsors’ historic commitment to the dignity of every individual, the sacredness of life, and special dedication to caring for the poor, the elderly and the disadvantaged.
Today, Catholic Health East serves as a vehicle for Sponsors to maintain the Catholic identity of their sponsored health ministries and ensure the continued vitality of their mission of compassionate service. The System provides the structure for ongoing sponsorship, governance and strategic direction of the health care organizations, while providing more cost effective access to programs, services and expertise, in order to enhance the positioning of sponsored facilities in their local communities.
The system is governed by the Sponsors Council and Board of Directors.
Catholic Health East is a community of persons committed to being a transforming, healing presence within the communities we serve.
To effect this mission:
- We treat all persons whom we serve and with whom we work with respect and compassion, calling forth their best human potential.
- We provide a full range of services that support healthy communities, including quality medical care and holistic approaches to healing the body, spirit, and mind.
- We collaborate with others who share a common mission and vision.
- We continually seek ways to assure access to services to persons most in need
- We identify and develop leaders in the Catholic health ministry.
- We advocate public policies and initiatives—particularly in the area of health care—that ensure quality of life for all.
As a faith-based health care ministry, it is vitally important that we meet both our challenges and opportunities in the context of—and in accordance with—our Core Values:
- Reverence for each person
We believe that each person is a manifestation of the sacredness of human life.
We demonstrate our connectedness to each other through inclusive and compassionate relationships.
We advocate for a society in which all can realize their full potential and achieve the common good.
- Commitment to those who are poor
We give priority to those whom society ignores.
We care for and strengthen the ministry and all resources entrusted to us.
We dare to take the risks our faith demands of us.
We keep our word and are faithful to who we say we are.