Catholic Health Initiatives enhances communities through compassion, partners

October 11, 2016

HOUSTON — In less than three years, Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) — a nonprofit, faith-based health system formed in 1996 — has expanded its scope of care across Southeast Texas.

There are currently eight CHI hospitals based in the Archdiocese, including CHI St. Luke’s Health. Founded in 1954, the former St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital joined CHI in 2013.

According to Michael Sullivan, FACHE, Director of Healthy Communities with CHI St. Luke’s Health, the health care network is dedicated to a mission of enhancing community health through high-quality, cost-effective care and compassion in caring for the whole person while creating healthier communities.

“Health is not merely the absence of illness or the presence of physical health,” Sullivan said. “Achieving a truly healthy community encompasses — or works toward — all the elements that lead to health.”

CHI St. Luke’s works towards that goal through their commitment to community service via organized and sustained benefit programs providing free and discounted care to those unable to afford health care.

“We cannot build healthy communities by staying within the confines of our hospitals, long-term care centers and other facilities and organizations — even our clinically integrated practices,” Sullivan said. “It is essential that we get out into the community to work with others to create new, values-based and progressive models for community health and well-being.”

To accomplish this quest, CHI St. Luke’s Health have formed partnerships which allow them to respond to the community’s needs in a manner that is cohesive, comprehensive and consistent to their core values, which includes honoring the dignity of the human person, caring for the poor and responsible stewardship.

Among those collaborating with CHI St. Luke’s is Catholic Charities of Galveston-Houston. Both entities join forces annually to present the kNOw Poverty program, focusing on eliminating poverty one person at a time by defining solutions to real problems in the City of Houston. In addition, the health network’s partnership with the United Against Violence initiative has heightened CHI St. Luke’s Health commitment to advancing a culture of non-violence. CHI has also paired up with United Way of Greater Houston in bringing the 2-1-1 Listening Stations to those seeking help finding care for children or aging parents or a haven from domestic violence. 

Another partner of CHI St. Luke’s is the San José Clinic (SJC), which has collaborated with CHI St. Luke’s Health since they initially came into Houston three years ago. SJC, a United Way agency and a ministry of the Archdiocese, provides healthcare and education to those with limited access to such services. 

Through SJC’s Congestive Heart Failure Collaboration, uninsured patients from the CHI St. Luke’s health transition clinics come to SJC for care. At the Clinic, these patients have the safety of consistent care, the convenience of SJC’s on-site pharmacy and access to healthcare specialists. CHI St. Luke’s Health has also been working to help expand services available at the clinic. Some aspects of this expansion will include supporting an Electronic Medical Records system for patients’ health history and treatment, as well as funding more medical professionals to increase the Clinic’s patient capacity.

CHI St. Luke’s Health is also a sponsor of the Clinic’s Fall Speaker Series.

“This partnership is a wonderful way for the clinic to continue to fulfill our mission by providing quality healthcare to those in need,” said Paule Anne Lewis, SJC executive director. “San José Clinic and CHI St. Luke’s Health are grounded in providing quality care as a ministry of Jesus Christ. We are both dedicated to honoring the dignity of each person that passes through our doors as we work to improve the health of our community.”

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CHI St. Luke’s partnerships
Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center’s affiliation with Texas Heart Institute represents an expansion of CHI St. Luke’s research affiliation with Texas Heart, one of America’s best for more than 20 years, by U.S. News & World Report for cardiology and heart surgery. 
In addition, CHI St. Luke’s is a part of a joint venture agreement with Baylor College of Medicine, which includes Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in the Texas Medical Center. Last December, Baylor St. Luke’s, CHI St. Luke’s Health and Baylor College of Medicine unveiled the design for its new McNair Campus, which will feature a new premier medical school, a ardiovascular research institute, and a complex care hospital. 
CHI St. Luke’s Health, Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Heart Institute have significantly expanded and enhanced their long-standing educational, clinical and research affiliations in conjunction with Catholic Health Initiatives. †

San Jose Clinic Fall Speaker Series
On Oct. 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at River Oaks Country Club (1600 River Oaks Blvd., Houston), the Advisory Board of San José Clinic is hosting a panel discussion exploring the importance, impact, and value of community health. This conversation between healthcare leaders and experts will examine the data and determinants behind the need to expand healthcare access for Texans. 

White Mass to honor healthcare professions as a whole on Oct. 22
The public is invited to attend the White Mass, hosted by CHI St. Luke’s Health along with San José Clinic and the Catholic Healthcare Professionals of Houston.
It will be held at 5 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 1111 St. Joseph Pkwy. in downtown Houston. Daniel Cardinal DiNardo will be the celebrant. Visit or call 713-490-2620 for more. 

CHI St. Luke’s Health Locations
• Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, Houston 
• The Woodlands Hospital
• Sugar Land Hospital
• Lakeside Hospital, The Woodlands
• The Vintage Hospital, Sugar Land
• Patients Medical Center, Pasadena
• Springwoods Village Hospital, Spring
• Brazosport Hospital, Lake Jackson