CHI and Dignity merge to create one of the nation’s largest health systems.

What happens when 2 of the largest, most successful health systems come together to streamline processes and strengthen healthcare offerings for its patients?  CommonSpirit Health is born.  Guided by its Catholic mission, CommonSpirit is pursuing healthcare performance excellence and aims to change lives across the country.

Based in Chicago, CommonSpirit is the country’s newest and largest nonprofit health system by revenue. It includes 142 hospitals and more than 700 care sites across 21 states. The visions of this new health system is to create healthier communities with more diverse offerings.

How it began

CommonSpirit was formed in 2018 by the merger of two healthcare leaders, Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and Dignity Health. Bringing together two health systems of this size is a complex undertaking and one that takes strategic planning, dedicated resources and a commitment to success. CommonSpirit is currently made up of 150,000 employees and 25,000 physicians and advanced practice providers all working towards a stronger, more comprehensive future for healthcare.

“We believe everyone deserves access to affordable, quality healthcare. Our goal is to create healthier communities and improve how, where and when we deliver health services,” said Lloyd Dean, co-CEO of CommonSpirit, in an interview with Becker’s Hospital Review. “In the end, we want to ensure we are reflecting the opportunities we have in the communities we serve. We want to use these combined resources to be a positive force for change.”

Positive change is already underway

The new health system has already begun combining systems and streamlining processes to eliminate redundancies and maximize quality.  CommonSpirit is also partnering with other healthcare leaders, such as Accumen, Inc., to uncover significant cost savings. Partnerships such as this help CommonSpirit realize those transformative benefits as the organization continues to grow and scale.

Looking ahead

CommonSpirit envisions a future of innovation, expanding its capabilities in research into emerging realms such as precision medicine. In 2016, CHI and Dignity Health laid some of the groundwork for the merger by partnering on the Precision Medicine Alliance, dedicated to expanding access to the promise of precision medicine. The alliance is the largest community-based precision medicine initiative in the country.

“Given the challenges our country currently faces, we are excited to improve the health of the millions we are privileged to serve and expand healthcare beyond traditional healthcare settings,” said Kevin Lofton, co-CEO of Common Spirit, to Becker’s Hospital Review. “Innovation is a big part of what we are about — looking for different modalities to bring healthcare to more remote communities we serve and make sure the care is personal and convenient to those in need.”

Learn more about CommonSpirit and their drive to change healthcare.