New Name and Governance Structure Positions Not-for-Profit Organization for Growth
San Francisco - January 23, 2012 - Catholic Healthcare West (CHW), the fifth largest health system in the nation, announced today that it has changed its name to Dignity Health as part of a governance restructure that will position the organization to succeed in a changing health care environment.
"This name and structure reflect who we are and what we stand for," said Sr. Judy Carle, vice chair of the Dignity Health Board of Directors and a Sister of Mercy. "The value of dignity is embedded in our culture. Our mission, vision and values were all formed out of the recognition of the inherent dignity of each person. We are confident that our vision for the organization will be achieved."
Under the new governance structure, Dignity Health is a not-for-profit organization, rooted in the Catholic tradition, but is not an official ministry of the Catholic Church. The new structure and name enable the organization to grow nationally, while preserving the identity and integrity of both its Catholic and non-Catholic hospitals. The organization's Catholic hospitals will continue to be Catholic, directly sponsored by their founding congregations, and adhering to the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services. Dignity Health's non-Catholic hospitals will continue to be non-Catholic, adhering to the Statement of Common Values.
The changes follow several years of discussions between the organization's sponsoring congregations, board of directors, and management team about the future of health care and how to best extend its healing mission. Dignity Health's long term strategic plan is focused on integrated care and enhanced quality that reduces costs. Growth plans anticipate expanded partnerships, which will include both Catholic and non-Catholic care centers. The system currently owns or operates 25 Catholic hospitals and 15 non-Catholic hospitals.
Lloyd H. Dean, the organization's president/chief executive officer said that the changes would enhance the organization's ability to work across the spectrum of health care and expand partnerships to deliver high-quality care more efficiently. "Changing our name to Dignity Health reflects our commitment to excellent care for all in need and to being a national leader in quality care," Dean said. "The new structure supports our long-term plan to grow and coordinate care, while reinforcing our mission of service to the communities we are so privileged to serve."