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About Catholic Health

Catholic Health is an integrated system encompassing some of the region’s finest health and human services agencies. With nearly 17,400 employees, six acute care hospitals, three nursing homes, a home nursing service, hospice and a network of physician practices, Catholic Health’s high standards have resulted in a 24% market share.

Under the sponsorship of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, Catholic Health serves hundreds of thousands of Long Islanders each year, providing care that extends from the beginning of life to helping people live their final years in comfort, grace and dignity. Learn more about Catholic Health's commitment to quality and about the services offered.


Catholic Health was founded in 1997 by the Diocese of Rockville Centre and encompasses facilities and services that originated as charitable institutions under the sponsorship of religious sponsors. Reaching back more than a century, various congregations of women religious shared a profound commitment to helping those in need on Long Island:

  • Toward the end of the 19th century, four Sisters of St. Dominic traveled from Germany to serve the needs of immigrants, soon establishing a school, an orphanage and two hospitals. In 1894, they opened a convalescent home, known today as Our Lady of Consolation Nursing & Rehabilitative Care Center.
  • The Daughters of Wisdom, originally from France, founded St. Charles Hospital in 1907, Maryhaven Center of Hope (which began as the Wharton Memorial Institute) in 1930 and Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in 1959.
  • Three nuns from the Congregation of the Infant Jesus began nursing the sick poor in 1905, and that work eventually grew into Nursing Sisters Home Care, which—now known as Catholic Home Care—became part of Catholic Health in 1998. Often referred to as the Nursing Sisters of the Sick Poor, this congregation also founded Mercy Medical Center, the very first Catholic hospital in Nassau County, in 1913.
  • St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center®, was founded by the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary in 1922. By 1949, St. Francis was the largest hospital in the U.S. dedicated to pediatric cardiac care and today is one of the nation’s leading cardiac centers.
  • St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center joined Catholic Health in 2000, and St. Joseph Hospital became part of the system in 2010.
  • In addition to Our Lady of Consolation, Catholic Home Care and Maryhaven, the Continuing Care Division now comprises Good Samaritan Nursing Home, St. Catherine of Siena Nursing and Rehabilitation Care Center and Good Shepherd Hospice.

“Catholic health care is one of the great stories of the contribution of the Catholic Church to the nation. This is an apostolic ministry of heroic proportions that deserves our respect, our support and our applause.” —Most Rev. William Murphy

Some Quick Facts

  • 1,918 Certified Hospital Beds
  • 685 Nursing Home Beds
  • Approximately 17,000 Employees
  • More than 4,600 Medical Staff
  • More than 4,000 Nursing Staff
  • More than 3,000 Volunteers
  • More than $2.8 Billion in Revenues


Annually* at Catholic Health there are: 

  • 79,325 Hospital Admissions
  • 5,492 Newborn Deliveries
  • 408,884 Home Care Visits
  • 50,787 Ambulatory Surgeries
  • 23,085 Inpatient Surgeries
  • 424,906 Ambulatory Outpatient Visits
  • 15,218 Cardiac Catheterizations
  • 4,452 Coronary Angioplasties
  • 1,588 Open Heart Surgeries
  • 182,952 Emergency Dept. Visits
  • 149,628 Hospice Days of Care
  • 107,366 Rehabilitation Visits
  • Day & Residential Services for Approximately 2,600 Unique Individuals With Special Needs, Behavioral/Mental Health Concerns & Substance Abuse Issues


*2020 statistics