California Catholic Health Care
Not-for-profit ministries serving patients and communities—especially the poor and vulnerable—throughout California.
150 Years of Service

For more than 150 years, the Catholic health ministry in California has provided compassionate care to our patients, families and communities. We are committed to improving the health and well-being of every person and community we serve. Together, our health systems operate 51 Catholic and Catholic-affiliated acute care hospitals, which represent almost 15% of all hospitals and over 16% of the hospital beds in California.

A snapshot of Catholic Health Care in California

Statistic/Category Catholic Health Systems and Hospitals % of Total of All Acute Care Hospitals*
Acute Care Hospitals 51 14.8%
Licensed Acute Beds 11,426 16.4%
Charity Care and Community Benefit Costs** $1.79 billion n/a
Number of Employees (FTEs) 59,198 13.7%
Patient Days 2,607,906 15.4%
Outpatient Visits 7,392,303 15.0%
ER Visits 2,664,205 16.9%
Births 82,148 17.4%
Medi-Cal Days (traditional and managed care) 877,695 14.0%
Medicare Days (traditional and managed care) 1,191,463 17.4%
Outpatient Surgeries 197,980 13.1%
Home Health Visits 442,833 19.1%

* 2017 (most recent data available) Comparative OSHPD Data for General Acute Hospitals Only. Excludes specialty and psychiatric hospitals.

** Includes patient financial assistance (charity care), unreimbursed costs of Medicaid and other means-tested programs, unpaid costs of caring for patients covered by Medicare, community health improvement services and community building activities, and other community benefit services. 

16% of California Acute Care Hospitals
Our Mission

The Alliance of Catholic Health Care strengthens the Catholic health care ministry in California by providing a statewide forum in which ministry leaders collaborate on advocacy, ministry leadership formation, Church relationships and other issues that enhance the common good.

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Dignity

Respect for each person as an inherently valuable member of the human community and as a unique expression of life.

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Justice

Advocate for systems and structures that are attuned to the needs of the vulnerable and disadvantaged and that strengthen a sense of community among all persons.

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Collaboration

Achieve public policy goals by working together and with other organizations at the state and national levels that share a similar vision and values.

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Stewardship

Recognize that the human, financial, and ecological resources available for health care are limited and must be managed wisely and efficiently.

Public Policy Priorities

California's Catholic health care systems and hospitals together advocate on behalf of the following public policy priorities through the Alliance of Catholic Health Care:

Serving Those In Need
  • Advocate for expanded health insurance coverage and access for all residents of California. Health care is a basic human right.
  • Provide leadership on behalf of public policies that promote the health and well-being of communities, with a particular emphasis on the needs of the poor and underserved.
Promoting Not-For-Profit Heath Care
  • Promote and preserve the not-for-profit mission in health care delivery and support efforts to enhance this sector's capacity to serve patients and communities.
Strengthening Medicare and Medi-Cal
  • Advocate for adequate funding of the Medi-Cal (Medicaid) and Medicare programs.
Protecting Religious Freedom
  • Preserve the ability of Catholic and other religious organizations to deliver health care consistent with their religious beliefs and values.