Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health have signed a definitive agreement to combine ministries and create a new Catholic nonprofit health care system, the organizations said in a joint press release on Thursday. The new health system, still unnamed, will include more than 700 health centers and 139 hospitals, approximately 159,000 employees and more than 25,000 doctors and other advanced practice clinicians. However, Reed Reyman, president of CHI St. Alexius-Dickinson, said the situation is still very fluid.
"We will not know anything definitive until May or June 2018," Reyman said. "At the moment we are not hearing that it affects us at all, the name will remain the same, and I guess as the two systems begin to merge, I'm sure there will be some changes, but" I'm not sure how they will look those changes. Nothing important is in the works, nothing that the general public can recognize. "
Nationwide, CHI CEO Kevin Lofton and Dignity CEO Lloyd Dean will be co-CEOs, each with specific responsibilities. independent and decision-making authority Lofton will have authority for mission, defense, sponsorship and government, systems associations and information technology, while Dean will have authority for all operations, including clinical, financial and human resources.  "We are coming together to create a new Catholic health system, one that is positioned to accelerate the shift from patient care to wellness throughout the United States," said Kevin Lofton, CHI's executive director. talent, depth, breadth and passion to improve the health of each person and community we serve. "
The new organization plans to establish its corporate headquarters orative in Chicago and operate under a new name to be elected in the second half of 2018. Local facilities will continue to operate under their current names. Currently, CHI is based out of the Denver area, while Dignity is headquartered in San Francisco, Reyman said he believes the merger will likely affect those people first.
"I think that during the first months the people most directly affected are national people who work in those two offices," Reyman said. "… I think that right now at the national level will be the biggest impact and then we will see in the next six to 12 months how it will affect us, if it does so at the local level".
Reyman said the hospital has been aware of the possible merger for "enough time" and said he was "happy to know we are moving forward."
It is anticipated that the agreement will be closed in the second half of 2018 and is subject to federal and state states. and approvals of the church.