What makes CHI different from other employers – even from other health care employers? Here’s what some of our employees say:
I have been in many hospitals, but there is just something different about this one.
I am grateful for the Morning Prayer because it helps ground me before starting my day.
Through the years, I have heard dozens of unsolicited comments about our office culture. Some call it a ‘mood,’ some an ‘atmosphere,’ and others a ‘feeling.’ But their meaning is always the same: they look forward to coming to our office because they feel a wonderful calm as soon as they walk in.
I found myself coming alive again when I heard the mission statement of Catholic Health Initiatives. A true sense of mission was coming back into my work.
Catholic Health Initiatives wants its employees to reach their fullest potential. We offer multiple opportunities for employees to enhance their skills and develop new competencies.
- Our National Leadership Conference, held every two years, is an essential part of:
- Continuing education in the business of health care.
- The continuing formation of our leaders, which deepens their understanding of the healing ministry.
- The Patricia A. Cahill Leadership Initiative offers our leaders the opportunity to take time away from their positions to pursue education, research, writing or community service.
- Our National Clinical Competency program identifies development opportunities for our clinicians.
- We offer programs to strengthen the leadership competencies of leaders at all levels. Programs may include professional assessments, coaching, team building and development plans.
- Our many online communities provide networking and learning opportunities for all of our employees.
- Tuition assistance encourages employees to pursue additional formal education that will help them on their career paths.
- GPS@CHI helps CHI leaders navigate their careers by collecting and storing information about their work experience, performance histories, career aspirations and future potential.
Nearly 700 employees, physicians, participating congregation members and board members from throughout Catholic Health Initiatives participated in the process of naming our core values. The core values define CHI and serve as our guiding principles. They are the roots, or anchors, from which all of our activities, decisions and behaviors follow.
Reverence: Profound respect and awe for all of creation, the foundation that shapes spirituality, our relationships with others and our journey to God.
Integrity: Moral wholeness, soundness, fidelity, trust, truthfulness in all we do.
Compassion: Solidarity with one another, capacity to enter into another’s joy and sorrow.
Excellence: Preeminent performance, becoming the benchmark, putting forth our personal and professional best.
Our Mission, Values, and Other Tangibles
While the “atmosphere” or “feeling” of CHI can be hard to define, we know there are some specific things that make CHI different:
- Our mission to create healthy communities.
- The reflections that begin all of our management and leadership meetings.
- Our core values, which are the basis of all of our decisions and actions.
- Our celebrations including annual feast days:
- World Day of Healing, Feb. 11
- Birthday of CHI, May 1
- Labor Day
- Our national office and our facilities regularly give back to their communities through activities such as collecting winter coats, school supplies or Christmas gifts for children in need; sprucing up the homes of people who cannot perform their own home maintenance; or helping to construct a Habit for Humanity house. These activities vary, but are ongoing.
- Annual “Staff Renewal” days in CHI’s national offices give employees time to refresh their perspectives or work together on a community project.
- Our annual collections of Sacred Stories, written by employees and other members of the CHI family about their experiences with lived spirituality in our workplace.
- Opportunities for career growth that include continuing education and sabbaticals.
Our commitment to corporate responsibility is tied to the distinctive culture of Catholic Health Initiatives. Each of us helps shape that culture by acting in accordance with our core values
and standards of conduct
. We all have a personal responsibility to behave ethically and appropriately.
Our Values and Ethics at Work
Health care is a complex industry. Many of the laws and regulations that govern health care are difficult to understand and to apply consistently.
Employees who have a concern about the right way to act in any situation are able to report