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Need has no physical, spiritual or ethnic boundaries. It arrives wearing faces that are young and old, from all regions of our world, and at all times of the year.

Indeed, we all find ourselves in need at some time.

At CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare, we exist to address human needs by providing funding and organizational support for remarkable programs in the Houston-Galveston area.

Programs for Healthy Minds, Bodies and Spirits

Our foundation, an outreach organization associated with CHRISTUS Health, was established in 1966 as St. Joseph’s Foundation for the purpose of supporting and advancing the work of one Houston hospital, the city’s historic CHRISTUS St. Joseph. 

After selling the hospital in 2005, St. Joseph’s Foundation became CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare with the focus shifting to provide primary healthcare and related services to the uninsured and underserved of the Greater Houston/Galveston areas.

Our programs include CHRISTUS Our Daily Bread, CHRISTUS St. Mary's Clinic, CHRISTUS Point of Light Clinic, CHRISTUS School Clinics, CHRISTUS Healthy Living Mobile Clinics, CHRISTUS Operation San Jose, and CHRISTUS Learning Center.

History, Mission & Vision

Our activities are rooted in a mission that began in 1866, when the first three Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word arrived in Galveston, Texas from Lyon, France. At the urging of Bishop Claude Dubuis, the Sisters began extending the healing ministry of Jesus Christ, serving a multitude of sick and inform of every kind.

Over the decades that followed, God blessed the Sisters as their works blessed others. Their ministry expanded, then split to better serve distinct geographical areas, before re-uniting in 1999 to form CHRISTUS Health.

Today, CHRISTUS Health, headquartered in Irving, Texas, ranks among the ten largest Catholic health systems in the United States.

Mission & Vision

CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare is dedicated to extending the healing ministry of Jesus Christ, continuing the legacy of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word through the promotion of health and welfare to people in need.

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Moran Health Center

Moran Health Center

An Unprecedented Collaboration

A collaboration of Houston’s historic San José Clinic, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, and CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare, the Moran Health Center/John S. Dunn Integrated Care Building opened in Houston’s Midtown on February 6, 2010.

Accessible, Centralized

Situated at the intersection of Fannin and McGowen streets, one block east of the Main Street Metro Rail and near several bus routes, the Moran Health Center/John S. Dunn Integrated Care Building offers visitors easy access by both public and private means.

The location offers yet another benefit, as the centrally positioned Midtown property proves to be the ideal headquarters for the CHRISTUS Healthy Living Mobile Clinics – rolling medical facilities that serve thousands annually throughout Houston’s impoverished and underserved neighborhoods.

Care for Houston’s Uninsured
Catholic Charities
San José Clinic

Perhaps You Were Wondering...

Many foundations are established principally to distribute endowment funds to charitable causes. CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare, by contrast, functions primarily as a fundraising resource for local, faith-based programs and, secondarily, as an allocator of monies to them. In effect, the Foundation serves as a full-time, professional development staff for our Houston-Galveston healthcare programs. 

CHRISTUS Foundation programs are funded by charitable donations through individuals, corporations and foundations. Since its inception in 1966, the Foundation has raised more than $100 million for facilities and programs. Learn how to donate to CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare.

CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare cherishes every donor, large or small, and always has pressing needs. Click here to learn how your support can make a difference in an underserved community.

This award was created by friends and colleagues of Dr. Hitoshi Nikaidoh to honor and recognize his life and continue his work through support of the healing work of others in the future.

Dr. Nikaidoh was a talented and dedicated physician committed to helping patients and improving the health of those in need. The fund was created to allow qualified candidates to participate in medical mission work, both domestically and in foreign countries. To this end, awards are given twice a year to one or more 3rd and 4th year medical students, medical residents, or other physicians in their first five (5) years of practice.

Download Application

Mail application to CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare, P.O. Box 1919  Houston, TX 77251.

For more information, please contact Jeannette Baughman at or 713-803-1813.


  • Douglas Hidalgo, Chair
  • Donald J. Anderson, Jr., Vice Chair
  • Richard R. Torres, President
  • Ramon A. Vitulli III, Treasurer
  • Carolyn Forney, Secretary
  • Paige Abernathy
  • N. Joseph Bailey
  • George Bates
  • Leah R. Bennett
  • Sylvia Brauer
  • Arturo Canales
  • Betty “Kit” Stovall Clark
  • Donald R. Collins Jr., M.D.
  • Jai Daggett
  • Pace Doherty
  • Sister Mary Patricia Driscoll
  • Father Jude Ezuma
  • Madelyn Farris
  • Carolyn Forney
  • Kristi Gollwitzer
  • Ashley Morgan Hanna
  • Lindsey D. Harris, MD
  • Gigi Huang
  • Jenn Char Lord
  • Sister Madeleva Manzanares
  • Ginnie McConn
  • Jeffrey Munoz
  • LeAnne Napolillo
  • Kevin O’Gorman
  • Phileemon “Eric” Payne, MD
  • Louis Pelz
  • Sister Rosanne Popp, MD
  • John Quigley
  • Kathy Rose
  • Colleen Sheedy
  • Jan Sparks
  • Sister Celeste Trahan
  • Trey Wilkinson
  • Nellis G. Willhite II
  • Don Woo
  • Eugene R. Allspach
  • David L. Baird, Jr.
  • Ernest D. Cronin, MD
  • David B. Doherty
  • Julia Anderson Frankel
  • Robert L. Hargrave
  • Harold G. Hidalgo, Sr.
  • R. Stan Marek, Jr.
  • Michael W. Mengis
  • John A. Rossitto
  • George W. Strake, Jr.
  • Stephen D. Strake, Sr.
  • Richard Torres
  • Mrs. Raye G. White
  • Robert Clay
  • Harriet Foster
  • Julie Gauthier
  • Anthony R. Grijalva
  • Albert P. Keller
  • Dr. James Langabeer, Ph.D.
  • Howard F. Lederer
  • George Martinez
  • Patrick J. Moran
  • Hunter Nelson
  • Margaret O'Donnell
  • Kari Parsons
  • Paul Penland
  • Daniel Shank
  • Eugene J. Silva, II
  • Gary Tuma
  • Jonathan Frels
  • Dennis M. Malloy
  • William H. Wallace

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