CHI Institute for Research and Innovation (CIRI)
As one of the largest faith-based providers of community-based care in the era of health care reform, CHI recognizes the necessity of innovation to sustain and grow. The formation of CIRI signaled a clear commitment to the health care community and industry stakeholders that CHI is a vested participant in the process of innovation. It also highlighted the strategic prioritization of innovation at CHI, which has a long history of pioneering models and systems to enhance care delivery and patient access.
In 2007, CHI recognized that health care innovation could be served and sustained through an independent research company, which could foster partnerships with private, government and corporate partners to support its mission. Staffed by fully dedicated research and innovation professionals, CIRI has a programmatic focus on three main areas the present challenges and opportunities to modern health care:
Center for Health Care Innovation
Center for Clinical Research
Center for Translational Research
Through the specialization of its centers, CIRI is a partnering organization that connects CHI’s hospitals with systemwide initiatives; research programs; and private, government and industry partners dedicated to research and innovation. CIRI staff members serve as core resources to the centers, representing expertise in strategy, medical affairs, finance, business development and marketing/communications. Staff members come from diverse backgrounds that span community healthcare, industry, and academia, which enables a team dynamic of formulating solutions across stakeholders.