Who We Are
CHRISTUS Health was formed as a result of the consolidation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in Houston (founded in 1866) and San Antonio (founded in 1869) in 1999. In 2016, Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth (founded in 1875) also became part of our family. CHRISTUS Health provides services in more than 100 cities in the United States, Mexico, Chile and Colombia. We are composed of almost 500 services and facilities including more than 50 hospitals and long-term care facilities, 275 clinics and outpatient centers and dozens of other health ministries and ventures. We employ approximately 45,000 Associates and has more than 15,000 physicians on medical staff throughout the system. Our dimension, strength and depth of service place CHRISTUS Health among the top Catholic health systems.
CHRISTUS Health has a long tradition of being involved in training the future workforce in healthcare. We have multiple sponsored and affiliated training programs for undergraduates and in medicine, nursing, pharmacy and allied health sciences. Additionally, we have been offering advanced clinical care to patients who have failed standard of care and are in need of an alternative to treat refractory diseases.
The Office of Research and Academics was established in July 2016 with the explicit mandate to facilitate the delivery of innovative advanced clinical care to our patients and to train outstanding physicians who are committed to serving the underserved. The areas of oversight of the Office of Research and Academics are depicted in the figure below:
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Our Vision, Mission and Values
To extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.
To improve the quality of care provided to our patients and communities through innovative and advanced clinical conducted in an ethical manner. Additionally, to provide outstanding quality of education and training to clinical fellows, residents and students in medicine, nursing, pharmacy and other allied health sciences.
Our Commitment to Compass 2020
COMPASS 2020 is the strategic plan of CHRISTUS Health which has three major goals:
- Quality of patient Care – Zero Avoidable Harm
- Care for the Poor and Underserved
- Financial Stability
The team in the Office of Research & Academics is committed to accomplishing the goals of COMPASS 2020 and have outlined two following outcomes:
- To create dependable pathways to service our workforce needs by fostering mutually productive partnerships and collaborations with select academic institutions and to continue to enhance the quality and diversity of education and training to healthcare providers
- To increase research capacity across the system and to develop mutually productive partnerships with academia, industry and other federal, state and regional funding agencies allowing to implementation of advanced clinical care to our patients
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