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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 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.

Our programs reach out and attend to any and all. To all these, we offer access to Christ’s love and healing – manifest in the hearts, hands and minds of hundreds of remarkable people in special places across our Gulf Coast community.

Programs for Healthy Minds, Bodies and Spirits

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

In 2005, after the sale of St. Joseph, we refocused our energies and resources. With a new name, CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare, we rededicated our organization to attracting resources to serve a larger community—a diverse array of health- and human-services programs in the Houston-Galveston area.

Some of the operations are well established. Others are still on the drawing boards. Each is a faith-based, mission-driven outreach program of CHRISTUS Health. All address pressing needs in our community and advance the Founding Sisters’ mission to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.

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 infirm of every kind.”

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

Today, almost miraculously, 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.

See Who We Are

It happens every day, rain or shine. In neighborhoods throughout Greater Houston – and beyond. It begins before sunrise. With dedication. Faith. And a promise to keep pursuing a mission. A mission fueled by generosity. Driven by visionary leaders. And championed by dedicated servants.

Because of CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare there is hope and healing, for any and for all. The sick. Hungry. Under-served. Overlooked...Those who need healing today.

And those who can help us heal tomorrow. Men, women, children and families. Of all faiths and cultures. Every day. More than 70,000 each year.

Because these people may have nowhere left to turn, they rely on CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare – for essential, high-quality, life-preserving medical and social services.

It is a mission manifest in many faces and many places all over the Houston area. Open access to medical care for the sick. Open arms for the homeless. Open hearts for those in addiction’s grip. Comfort for the elderly. Care at school. Compassion throughout the community. Delivery of care to places far away. And to a nearby province of Houston-area parking lots, schools, neighborhoods and senior centers.

The dedicated servants of CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare know that because of generous donors, their mission is made possible. So they end each day the same way they begin. With dedication. Faith. Thanks for their opportunity to serve. And a promise to keep pursuing a mission.

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...

CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare, formerly St. Joseph Hospital Foundation, was founded in 1966 by the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, Houston.

Our organization seeks to improve access to health care for those in Greater Houston who are often left out and left behind.

Foundation programs focus on health, education and wellness for the most vulnerable in our community through both traditional health care and special programs offered through a variety of programs in the Houston-Galveston area.

Many foundations are established principally to distribute endowment funds to charitable causes. CHRISTUS Foundation, 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 fulltime,  professional development staff for Houston-Galveston health-care programs. All aspects of the Foundation’s work pursue the singular goal of extending the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.

The Foundation’s ministries serve people of all ages, all faiths and all ethnic groups. However, the principal focus of our work is service to the uninsured and under-served community, who come from a wide variety of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.

CHRISTUS Foundation programs are funded by charitable donations. Since its inception in 1966, the Foundation has raised more than $100 million for facilities, programs, ministries, and social services. Learn how to donate to CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare, or call the Foundation at 713.652.3100.

The Foundation has a variety of programs that offer an array of both traditional health-care and special programs, such as family practice, prenatal care, health and literacy education, chemical dependency counseling, and other basic social services. Our programs are located throughout the Houston-Galveston area and provide care to those who may not otherwise receive them.

CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare cherishes every donor, large or small, and always has pressing needs. Learn how to donate to CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare, or call the Foundation at 713.652.3100.


Hitoshi Nikaidoh, M.D. Memorial Award

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
[email protected] or 713-803-1813.


  • Jonathan K. Frels, Chair
  • William H. Wallace, Vice Chair
  • Richard R. Torres, President
  • Hunter Nelson, Treasurer
  • Jeannette Baughman, Secretary
  • Donald J. Anderson, Jr.
  • N. Joseph Bailey
  • Leah R. Bennett
  • Sylvia Brauer
  • Betty “Kit” Stovall Clark
  • Donald R. Collins Jr., M.D.
  • Jai Daggett
  • Pace Doherty
  • Sister Mary Patricia Driscoll
  • Madelyn Farris
  • Carolyn Forney
  • Leslie B. Fox
  • Robert W. Gibbs, Jr.
  • Robert “Chip” Gross
  • Ashley Morgan Hanna
  • Lindsey D. Harris, MD
  • Sandy Herrin
  • Douglas Hidalgo
  • Gigi Huang
  • Sister Kevina Keating
  • Jenn Char Lord
  • Dennis M. Malloy
  • Ginnie McConn
  • Jeffrey S. Munoz
  • Margaret O’Donnell
  • Kevin O’Gorman
  • Phileemon “Eric” Payne, MD
  • Louis Pelz
  • John Quigley
  • Kathy Rose
  • Larry Seidl
  • Daniel F. Shank
  • Eugene J. Silva II
  • Jan Sparks
  • Gary D. Tuma
  • Ramon A. Vitulli III
  • Karen White
  • Nellis Willhite II
  • Don Woo
  • Eugene R. Allspach
  • David L. Baird, Jr.
  • Ernest D. Cronin, MD
  • David B. Doherty
  • Archbishop Emeritus Joseph A. Fiorenza
  • 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.
  • Mrs. Raye G. White
  • Paige Abernathy
  • George Bates
  • Nicole P. Cao
  • Harriet Foster
  • Julie Gauthier
  • Kristi Gollwitzer
  • Anthony R. Grijalva
  • Albert P. Keller
  • Howard F. Lederer
  • Jennifer K. Litton, MD
  • Lisa B. Martin
  • Patrick J. Moran
  • LeAnne Napolillo
  • Sister Rosanne Popp, MD
  • Colleen Sheedy
  • Trey Wilkinson

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