CommonSpirit Health, the parent company of CHI Saint Joseph Health, recently established new mission, vision and values for the organization. The mission defines who we are and why we exist; the vision sets the course for our future; and the values direct our behaviors as we carry out the work we have been called to do.
Our mission is, “As CommonSpirit Health, we make the healing presence of God known in our world by improving the health of the people we serve, especially those who are vulnerable, while we advance social justice for all.”
As a Catholic health care system, we see our work as a ministry of the Church and one in which we reveal God to others through healing – not through words, but through our actions. The tradition of Catholic health care has always been one of service to the vulnerable, and we believe we have a responsibility to advocate for justice so that all individuals have access to care.
If our mission calls for us to improve the health of people, our vision challenges us to do so for all people. Our vision is, “A healthier future for all – inspired by faith, driven by innovation, and powered by our humanity.”
We receive our inspiration from the work of the faithful that have gone before us. Christ was the great healer and we work to heal as Christ did – in a holistic manner. We strive to find new and creative ways to meet the health care needs of our communities, but never lose sight of human kindness in the delivery of care.
As we bring life to our mission and vision, our behaviors and actions are congruent with our established core values: compassion, inclusion, integrity, excellence and collaboration.
The behavioral characteristics associated with each value are:
- Care with listening, empathy and love.
- Accompany and comfort those in need of healing.
- Celebrate each person’s gifts and voice.
- Respect the dignity of all.
- Inspire trust through honesty.
- Demonstrate courage in the face of inequity.
- Serve with fullest passion, creativity and stewardship.
- Exceed expectations of others and ourselves.
- Commit to the power of working together.
- Build and nurture meaningful relationships.
Our employees live and work in our communities. These values are not just practiced while they are at work; our employees exhibit these values in all they do, whether that be caring for our patients or assisting their neighbors at home.
The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged us all to be creative in our work and our personal lives. Our employees have gone above and beyond to ensure the safety of each other, our patients and their families, but also our communities. We have become creative and innovative in how we provide care while ensuring our values are not lost in the process. The pandemic has given us an opportunity to think differently about how our values are demonstrated when people are separated from their loved ones.
Many external factors created barriers that were overcome in providing excellent care in a compassionate manner. Through it all, and continuing on today, our humanity shined and our kindness toward each other prevailed!
John Brothers is the Division Vice President of Mission Integration.