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History of CHI Memorial

History of CHI Memorial

Men, women and children gave from their hearts in the late 1940s to raise $3 million for a nonprofit hospital to alleviate the shortage of beds in the area, and Memorial Hospital was opened in 1952. CHI Memorial continues to honor its covenant to provide the highest possible standards of compassionate health care and has gained national recognition as a leading health care system with three acute care hospitals. CHI Memorial Hospital Hixson was acquired in 1998 and CHI Memorial Hospital Georgia was acquired in December 2017.

Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Kentucky

CHI Memorial’s gentle legacy of caring was established by the exceptional group of women whose successful ministry to the sick and suffering began in 1812. The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth prayerfully accepted the challenge to operate Memorial Hospital, and their vision of compassionate healing has been at the heart of CHI Memorial since its beginning.

Catholic Health Initiatives

The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth acted with courage when they introduced faith-based health care to the Chattanooga area. They again acted courageously to strengthen that foundation of faith in 1997 when they joined Catholic Health Initiatives, an innovative organization of Catholic health care that spans multiple states and gives even greater access to the latest in medical technology and health resources.

CommonSpirit Health

CommonSpirit Health was created in February 2019 through the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health. CommonSpirit is one of the largest nonprofit health systems in the U.S., with more than 1,000 care sites in 21 states coast to coast, serving 20 million patients in big cities and small towns across America. Learn more at