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CHI and Dignity Health decide on new name; employees told local names won’t change for ‘foreseeable future’

November 19, 2018

Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health have announced that they have selected a new name for the combined organization: CommonSpirit Health.

The health systems announced in December 2017 that they were combining. The two systems expect to complete the process by the end of 2018.

Will the names of CHI facilities in Omaha change?

Officials at CHI Health, which operates medical facilities in Nebraska and Iowa, said Friday in a message to employees that the change won’t affect services or names in the area “for the foreseeable future.”

That includes colors and logos.

“All existing facilities will continue to use their current names, logos, and identity standards for the foreseeable future,” the message says. “Over time, we will update the signage at our national and system offices to incorporate the CommonSpirit Health name, logo and brand identity.”

Patients will continue to see CHI Health on their bills and paperwork from the health system.

How will this affect the downtown arena?

The change also will not affect the name of the downtown CHI Health Center arena and convention center, a CHI Health spokeswoman said Friday.

Kristyna Engdahl, a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority, said CHI Health had made officials aware that a change might be in the works.

But MECA officials also understood, as CHI Health officials announced Friday, that the names of local facilities would not change in the foreseeable future.

CHI Health bought the naming rights for the arena and convention center in a $23.6 million, 20-year deal.

Temporary signs bearing the name CHI Health Center are on the buildings, and permanent replacements have been ordered. The first, on the west side, should be installed at the end of November, Engdahl said. Officials hope to have a new sign on the arena’s south side in early December.

On Wednesday, MECA agreed to reimburse the City of Omaha for replacing way-finding signs around downtown to reflect the name change. It was formerly called the CenturyLink Center.

Why CommonSpirit Health?

CommonSpirit Health was chosen because of its strong association with the two systems’ “missions of service and positive resonance with the diversity of people served,” according to a press release.

The name was selected after a review of more than 1,200 names, which were evaluated based on their association with faith-based health care, legal considerations and consumer research.

With the selection of a new name, the organization will develop a visual identity for the new $28.4 billion health care system, according to the press release.

Didn’t CHI recently undergo a name change?

Name changes and mergers are not new to the patients, employees and medical facilities in the system.

CHI Health was formed by melding Alegent Creighton Health in the Omaha area and CHI Nebraska across the state. The CHI Health name for the combined organization was announced in 2014.

CHI and Dignity Health signed an agreement to join their operations on Dec. 7. Since then, the organizations have been planning integration efforts for the new system.

CHI Health employees were told that the organization is “embracing a ‘house of brands’ approach to our new ministry. This means that the names we use today (e.g., Catholic Health Initiatives, Dignity Health, Centura Health, KentuckyOne Health) will remain the same.”

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