CHRISTUS Health and HealthTrust Announce Partnership to Foster a Clinically Integrated Supply Chain The Agreement is expected to deliver on CHRISTUS’ continued commitment of better healthcare at an affordable cost. September 20, 2017

Group picture from Supply Chain Kickoff

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- HealthTrust, a leading healthcare  performance improvement company, and CHRISTUS Health, an international, faith-based not-for-profit health system, announced today the signing of an agreement naming HealthTrust as the total spend management partner and exclusive national group purchasing organization (GPO) for the Catholic health ministry. The agreement is effective November 1, 2017.

This is a major shift for CHRISTUS Health as it continues to look for innovation in healthcare supply chain management. The value of medical goods, services and technology for CHRISTUS associates working on the front lines of patient care will be enhanced. The conversion to HealthTrust is expected to bring CHRISTUS hospitals a significant, immediate savings. CHRISTUS Health’s Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, Randolph Safady, calls the new partnership a way for all of CHRISTUS to connect the dots between process, price and patient care. It also serves as an example of one of CHRISTUS’ Core Values: Stewardship.

“This means we’re committed to being wise in our use of talents and resources and are doing so in a collaborative manner,” explained Safady. “This agreement will help us fulfill the promise to consistently deliver on high-quality, cost-effective healthcare. We’re also ensuring our experts in the field have the optimal GPO resources so they can continue to provide first-class patient care.” In converting exclusively to HealthTrust, CHRISTUS will participate in clinical committees and collaborate to share best practices with an appropriate focus on quality and outcomes. CHRISTUS will also benefit from HealthTrust’s ability to impact physician preference items and purchased services through the engagement of inSight Advisory solutions.

“I am honored to welcome CHRISTUS Health to our membership and proud of our ability to contribute operational insights that drive sustainable value beyond the initial portfolio savings,” said Ed Jones, President and CEO of HealthTrust. “We look forward to working collaboratively to ensure quality patient care and delivering innovative health solutions that honor our respective missions and core values.”