PENDLETON, Oregon – Catholic Health Initiatives, which owns St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton, has merged with Dignity Health of San Francisco. St. Anthony President Harry Geller says the new nonprofit system is called Common Spirit Health.
“Dignity owned 39 hospitals,” Geller said. “Catholic Health Initiatives owned 103. Combined, now the nation’s largest hospital system owns 142 hospitals.”
Geller says St. Anthony didn’t miss a beat with the merger. He added that some changes are inevitable with downward pressure on hospitals, but he says that the merger will be good for all the member hospitals.
“We’re pretty optimistic that with the merger between these two entities that there will be a lot of good, positive, transformative health care that will benefit the patients we serve in all of these states across the country,” he said.
The newly-formed Community Spirit Health is headquartered in Chicago.