DENVER — Trinity Health, one of the largest Catholic health care systems in the nation, joins eight other health care organizations to become Mercy Housing’s newest Strategic Health Care Partner, becoming an active part of an important collaboration intended to increase access to both health care and affordable housing in the United States.
“Mercy Housing is pleased to welcome Trinity Health into the Strategic Health Care Partnership,” said Sister Lillian Murphy, RSM, and Chief Executive Officer, Mercy Housing. “We are fortunate to have had Trinity Health as an investor with our loan fund and look forward to expanding our partnership to create affordable and healthy communities.”
Mercy Housing’s Strategic Health Care Partnership began in 1998 as an effort between Mercy Housing and a group of health systems to increase access to affordable housing and health care in each of the health systems’ communities across the nation. Mercy Housing’s other Strategic Health Care Partners include Ascension Health, Bon Secours Health System, Catholic Health East, Catholic Health Initiatives, Catholic Healthcare Partners, Catholic Healthcare West, Provena Health and St. Joseph Health System.
Today, nearly one-third of people who are low-income or homeless have a chronic health condition. Mercy Housing works with health care systems to provide enhanced services to contribute to the well-being and health of thousands of residents in the communities we serve.
Trinity Health is devoted to a ministry of healing and hope. Serving through a network of 47 acute-care hospitals, 401 outpatient facilities, 31 long-term care facilities and numerous home health offices and hospice programs in ten states, Trinity Health draws on a rich and compassionate history of care extending beyond 140 years.
”We are delighted to have strengthened our partnership with Mercy Housing,” said Dan Hale, Executive Vice President, Trinity Health. “We are a good match because Mercy is an organization that focuses on possibility, independence and opportunity, three keys to the hope and strength of spirit needed for wellness — Trinity Health’s ultimate goal for those we serve in every one of our communities.”
Trinity Health has been an investor with Mercy Loan Fund, a subsidiary of Mercy Housing, for the past 18 years. In addition to its four investments, Trinity Health supported Mercy Loan Fund with donations totaling more than $708,000 over the past 14 years. These donations have been instrumental in meeting matching fund requirements when applying for grants.
About Trinity Health
Trinity Health is among the largest Catholic health care systems in the country. Based in Novi, Mich., Trinity Health operates 47 acute-care hospitals, 401 outpatient facilities, 31 long-term care facilities, and numerous home health offices and hospice programs in 10 states. Employing more than 53,000 full-time staff, Trinity Health reports about $9.0 billion in unrestricted revenue. As a not-for-profit health system, Trinity Health reinvests its profits back into the community through programs to serve the poor and uninsured, manage chronic conditions like diabetes, health education and promotion initiatives, and outreach for the elderly. In fiscal 2010, this included nearly $460 million in such community benefits. For more information about Trinity Health, visit www.trinity-health.org, follow @TrinityHealthMI on Twitter, or become a fan of the Trinity Health Facebook page at www.facebook.com/trinityhealth.
About Mercy Housing
Mercy Housing, a national not-for-profit affordable housing organization headquartered in Denver, has a presence in 43 states, serves more than 137,800 people on any given day and has participated in the development, financing or operation of more than 40,500 homes. Mercy Housing serves families, seniors and people with special needs (formerly homeless, people with HIV/AIDS and the developmentally disabled). For more information about Mercy Housing, please visit mercyhousing.org.