Former Sisters of Charity of Nazareth hospitals are part of the Catholic Health Initiatives network

Kevin E. Lofton, Chief Executive Officer
Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI)

Dear Representatives:

I want you to know that CHI’s Texas Division and its hospitals in the Houston area were able to function effectively and provide uninterrupted patient care in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and the devastating flooding that caused at least five deaths and untold damage across the region.

Today, the Division began evacuating patients from two facilities – CHI St. Luke’s Health Hospital at the Vintage; and CHI St. Luke’s Health Sugar Land Hospital. Those patients were transferred to other CHI hospitals.

Power was lost temporarily over the weekend at CHI St. Luke’s Patients Medical Center, where emergency generators were deployed. The massive flooding from the storm impacted access to emergency departments in all of CHI’s Houston-area hospitals for both patients and medical staff.

As of this morning, all facilities in the Division are functioning with adequate staffing. Teams are in place to manage clinical and support needs at all CHI hospitals, including CHI St. Luke’s Health Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, located in the Texas Medical Center.

The CHI Texas Division’s two other systems – CHI St. Joseph Health in Bryan, and CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial in Lufkin – were fully functional throughout the storm despite continued heavy rains and some intermittent flooding.

A number of leaders across the CHI enterprise have asked how they may be of assistance. Michael Covert, CEO and SVP of divisional operations, said he will not hesitate to call on other leaders for help if his team needs it.

Across our ministry, employees are asking what they can do to help. Our CHI Mission teams are reaching out to connect with each other and gather specifics about how we can all pitch in. It has been reported that the homes of some employees in the hardest-hit area have been badly damaged or destroyed.

In this time, we unite our hearts and thoughts by praying for patients, caregivers, first responders and all people affected by Hurricane Harvey.


Kevin E. Lofton, FACHE
Chief Executive Officer
Catholic Health Initiatives

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