Who We Are

Some journeys we embark upon in this life contain a purpose beyond circumstance. It is in those moments that our drive and commitment find direction. We are focused and ready to do whatever is necessary to accomplish the work at hand. The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in Houston and San Antonio and the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth understood this and made a decision to accept a journey into unknown territory to help those who couldn’t help themselves. Little did they know, that choice would ultimately write our story.

At the urging of Bishop Claude Dubuis, the first Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word left their home in Lyons, France, to arrive in Galveston, Texas, in 1866. Three years later, several sisters made their way to San Antonio to once again answer a call by the bishop to care for those who were in need and orphaned on the Texas frontier. Their selfless actions more than 150 years ago to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ laid the groundwork for CHRISTUS Health’s inception in 1999.

Our mission, vision, and core values to care for a“multitude of sick and infirm of every kind” is rooted in the sacrifices made by the Sisters. It is the compass that guides us to always deliver compassionate, high quality healthcare in every community we serve. Today, CHRISTUS Health ranks among the ten largest Catholic health systems in the United States.

Believing that everyone has the right to quality health insurance, CHRISTUS Health embarked on an effort to expand the CHRISTUS Health Plan began offering Medicare Advantage and Health Insurance Exchange (HIX) plans with the New Mexico and Texas marketplaces.  Today we offer Medicare Advantage plans in New Mexico, Northeast and Southeast Texas and Health Insurance Exchange plans in Louisiana and Texas.  It’s affordable care that is smart, simple, and there for you when you need it the most. 

The goal of our health plan is to always put you first by providing access to the best providers, hospitals and clinics. Above all, we are committed to offering a unique healing experience that embodies our values and respects the dignity and worth of each life.