Oct. 24, 2016

Oct. 24, 2016: CHI and Dignity Health Developments

Creighton University President, the Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, SJ

Two of Creighton University’s health care education partners, CHI and Dignity Health – our existing affiliate with St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix – announced today they have signed a nonbinding letter of intent to explore aligning their organizations and expanding their mission of service in communities across the nation.

The boards and sponsors of the two health systems are evaluating the potential alignment to strengthen their leadership role in transforming health care through increased access and enhanced clinical excellence.

I am very pleased with how the alignment could benefit current and future students by enhancing clinical opportunities for those enrolled in our health science programs. The joining of the two organizations should also result in improved economies of scale and create a stronger, unified health care system.

In addition, further expanding our presence in the west and southwest U.S. would provide additional outreach of our educational mission and recognition of our national reputation for the University in a rapidly growing region. The enhanced visibility could lead to an expansion of Creighton programs and aid in the recruitment of students.

Additional information will be provided as discussions between the two organizations progress.


Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ