CHI CEO Kevin Lofton, left, and Dignity CEO Lloyd Dean
Englewood, Colo.-based Catholic Health Initiatives and San Francisco-based Dignity Health have picked a name for the combined system their proposed mega-merger will create: CommonSpirit Health.
“CommonSpirit Health was chosen because of its strong association with the two systems’ missions of service and positive resonance with the diversity of people served,” the systems said in a joint press release. “It evokes the strategic vision and aspiration of the new ministry to advance health for all and make a positive change for the people and communities served; a belief that all people deserve access to high-quality health and healthcare; and a passion to serve those who are sick and injured, including those who are most vulnerable.”
The systems evaluated more than 1,200 names before landing on CommonSpirit Health.
CHI and Dignity signed a definitive agreement to merge in December 2017, and the organizations expect to complete the transaction by the end of this year. The new $28.4 billion health system will include more than 700 care sites and 139 hospitals.