CHS was founded in 1997 by the Diocese of Rockville Centre and encompasses facilities and services that originated as charitable institutions under the sponsorship of religious sponsors. Reaching back more than a century, various congregations of women religious shared a profound commitment to helping those in need on Long Island:
- Toward the end of the 19th century, four Sisters of St. Dominic traveled from Germany to serve the needs of immigrants, soon establishing a school, an orphanage and two hospitals. In 1894, they opened a convalescent home, known today as Our Lady of Consolation Nursing & Rehabilitative Care Center.
- The Daughters of Wisdom, originally from France, founded St. Charles Hospital in 1907, Maryhaven Center of Hope (which began as the Wharton Memorial Institute) in 1930 and Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in 1959.
- Three nuns from the Congregation of the Infant Jesus began nursing the sick poor in 1905, and that work eventually grew into Nursing Sisters Home Care, which—now known as Catholic Home Care—became part of CHS in 1998. Often referred to as the Nursing Sisters of the Sick Poor, this congregation also founded Mercy Medical Center, the very first Catholic hospital in Nassau County, in 1913.
- St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center®, was founded by the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary in 1922. By 1949, St. Francis was the largest hospital in the U.S. dedicated to pediatric cardiac care and today is one of the nation’s leading cardiac centers.
- St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center joined CHS in 2000, and St. Joseph Hospital became part of the system in 2010.
- In addition to Our Lady of Consolation, Catholic Home Care and Maryhaven, the Continuing Care Division now comprises Good Samaritan Nursing Home, St. Catherine of Siena Nursing and Rehabilitation Care Center and Good Shepherd Hospice.
“Catholic health care is one of the great stories of the contribution of the Catholic Church to the nation. This is an apostolic ministry of heroic proportions that deserves our respect, our support and our applause.” —Most Rev. William Murphy
Some Quick Facts
- 1,928 certified hospital beds
- 790 nursing home beds
- Approximately 18,400 employees
- More than 4,300 medical staff
- More than 4,000 nursing staff
- Almost 3,000 volunteers
- More than $2 billion in revenues
Annually* at CHS there are:
- 86,657 hospital admissions
- 5,486 newborn deliveries
- 400,000 home care visits
- 56,312 ambulatory surgeries
- 25,958 inpatient surgeries
- 511,577 ambulatory outpatient visits
- 17,135 cardiac catheterizations
- 4,958 coronary angioplasties
- 1,802 open heart surgeries
- 237,178 emergency department visits
- 126,199 hospice days of care
- 147,397 rehabilitation visits
- Day and residential services for approximately 1,500 individuals with special needs, behavioral/mental health concerns and substance abuse issues