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Our Values and Ethics at Work

Core Values

Catholic Health Initiatives and Carrington Health Center’s core values define the organization and serve as its guiding principles.  They are the roots or anchors from which all activities, decisions and behaviors follow.

Profound respect and awe for all of creation, the foundation that shapes spirituality, our relationships with others and our journey to God.

Moral wholeness, soundness, fidelity, trust, truthfulness in all we do.

Solidarity with one another, capacity to enter into another’s joy and sorrow.

Preeminent performance, becoming the benchmark, putting forth our personal and professional best.

Ethics at Work
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The idea for a hospital in Carrington took shape on September 23, 1915, when the Carrington Hospital Association was chartered. The cost of the first building was estimated at $13,400 with the final cost reaching $28,400. The stockowners’ association built the original hospital in 1916. The opening day was November 22, 1916.


In 1941, the hospital was leased to the Presentation Sisters of the Diocese of Fargo. In 1943, a larger, more modern facility was needed. The cost of a 20-room addition was estimated at $40,000. The American Legion Post of Carrington agreed to act as sponsors of a drive to raise $20,000 and the Presentation Sisters offered to furnish the balance. Construction was delayed because of wartime conditions. The cost spiraled and in spite of several successful fund raising campaigns in 1945, 1947 and 1948, Federal aid was needed to build and equip an adequate facility and this was not secured until 1955. Bishop Leo Dworschak laid in the cornerstone for that building on October 20, 1955, and the building was dedicated on June 22, 1956. The final cost of this project was $396,000. This building now houses administration, physical therapy, hospice, business offices, the gift shop, conference rooms, Diabetic Coordinator, Clinical Psychology and sleeping rooms. Ownership of this building was transferred to the Presentation Sisters in the mid 1970’s.


Because of an aging population in the Carrington service area, the original hospital was vacated by the Sisters and used as a nursing home care unit. This space was found to be very inadequate and a modern facility was needed. The Presentation Sisters built a 38 bed skilled and intermediate nursing facility.  Opening day was May 25, 1964. This facility was originally known as Holy Family Guest Home and was renamed as Carrington Health Center Long Term Care. This facility was enlarged and remodeled in 1989.  In March 2000, this facility was restructured into an adult residential care facility known as Holy Family Villa with 24 single unit apartments.


Construction of the present hospital began officially on September 4, 1984. The new hospital opened in 1986 as one of the most modern and up-to-date facilities in the state of North Dakota. To make way for this new building, the original hospital was demolished and with it went many memories of “things that use to be”.


In June of 1993, the Foster County Medical Center was merged with the Health Center and the Long Term Care unit. This merger was a financial move to receive federal designation as a Rural Health Clinic.


The Sisters of the Presentation have seen many changes. Financial reasons, a decline in the number of Sisters, and the aging of those who are left have presented the Sisters with many difficult choices. In 1980, the Sisters joined with Catholic Health Corporation of Omaha. This merger started with 18 hospitals and 7 long term care facilities and grew to 101 health care facilities located in 13 states. In 1996, in order to preserve their health care facility, the Presentation Sisters, along with two other Catholic Health Systems, formed a corporation known as Catholic Health Initiatives. This organization represents ten religious congregations and has a presence in 72 communities and 20 states, which include 68 hospitals and 50 long term care facilities.  Catholic Health Initiatives provides shared services in an effort to maximize resources, reduce costs and improve the quality of its programs.