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Saint Clare's Health System Joins Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI)


Saint Clare’s Signs Final Documents to Become Part of Nation’s Second Largest Catholic Health System

Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and Saint Clare’s Health System, northwest New Jersey’s largest community health system, announced today that they have officially closed on the transfer of Saint Clare’s sponsorship affiliation from Marian Health System to Denver-based Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), the nation’s second largest Catholic health system. This change in affiliation comes with the support of the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother, the founding order of Saint Clare’s, and has received all church and governmental approvals.  

Kevin E. Lofton, president and CEO of Catholic Health Initiatives, said the national system is excited about bringing on Saint Clare’s as a member organization. “Saint Clare’s is well-known and respected for delivering quality, compassionate care. We believe that our affiliation presents many opportunities to enhance care delivery and improve the overall health of the people and communities Saint Clare’s serves.”

Robert Lanik, interim president of Saint Clare’s Health System, praised the vision and efforts that made the affiliation possible.  “After intensive preparation at many levels of the organization, we are pleased that this ‘marriage’ with Catholic Health Initiatives is now complete,” said Lanik. “With the support and guidance of CHI and the ability to tap into a wealth of expertise at other CHI facilities, Saint Clare’s can successfully position its facilities, programs and services to meet the demands of our community both now and in the future. The common mission of both organizations to serve the sick and vulnerable, makes this new relationship an ideal fit for Saint Clare’s and a beneficial situation for our organizations and our community.”

The affiliation with Catholic Health Initiatives will allow Saint Clare’s to further strengthen its Catholic healthcare mission and benefit from the insight, counsel, and best practices of one of the nation’s leading faith-based health systems. The main objective of the new affiliation is to enable Saint Clare’s to grow programs and services, expand facilities, improve technology, and strengthen its leadership in the local and regional marketplace. Saint Clare’s will also benefit from the collaboration with other facilities within the CHI family of hospitals and healthcare organizations.

Catholic Health Initiatives’ mission is to nurture the healing ministry of the Church by bringing it new life, energy and viability in the 21st century. CHI’s vision is to live out its mission by transforming healthcare delivery and by creating new ministries for the promotion of healthy communities. In collaboration with members of the community and other healthcare providers, CHI strives to create values-based, forward-looking models of community health. 

It is expected that most of the over 3,000 Saint Clare’s employees will remain at their jobs. As previously announced, Leslie D. Hirsch, currently the president and CEO of Touro Infirmary, has been named as the new president and CEO of Saint Clare’s. Lanik will continue to serve as interim president until Hirsch assumes his post in May.

Catholic Health Initiatives will make capital investments to assist in the expansion, renovation, and construction of facilities as well as the enhancements in technology, programs and services at Saint Clare’s. Supported in part by Saint Clare’s Miracles capital campaign, which launched publicly in May 2006 and is expected to raise $50 million, Saint Clare’s has identified over $200 million in technology and facilities upgrades throughout the health system’s four hospital campuses. These upgrades will ensure the future success of Saint Clare’s and the ability of the system to meet the needs of the community it serves.

Catholic Health Initiatives is a national non-profit health corporation based in Denver, Colorado.  With the addition of Saint Clare’s Health System, Catholic Health Initiatives now includes 76 hospitals; 42 long-term care, assisted and independent living and residential facilities; and two community-based health organizations located in 20 states.  In the fiscal year ended June 30, 2007, Catholic Health Initiatives represented approximately 65,000 employees and total revenues of $7.7 billion. CHI facilities provided nearly $480 million in community benefit in the 2007 fiscal year, including services for the poor, free clinics, education and research.

Saint Clare’s Health System has served the healthcare needs of northwestern New Jersey residents since 1895 and is the region’s premier provider of community-based healthcare and behavioral health services. It operates four hospital campuses in Boonton Township, Denville, Dover and Sussex and a host of other facilities throughout the region. With 3,500 employees, over 700 volunteers and a medical staff of over 700, Saint Clare’s is one of its region’s largest employers and offers a full range of comprehensive medical services, including maternal/child health, cancer care, cardiovascular care, emergency services, pediatrics, behavioral health, general and robotic surgery, joint replacement, and physical rehabilitation. For more information, call-1-866-STCLARE (866-782-5273) or visit

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