- Associated Press - Thursday, August 21, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A new name will be going on some hospitals in Nebraska and southwest Iowa as part of an organization name change for a local health network, the network announced Thursday.

Alegent Creighton Health and the other Catholic Health Initiatives facilities are getting a new name, CHI Health, which will be added as a prefix. For examples, Creighton University Medical Center will be called CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center and Mercy Hospital in Corning, Iowa, will be called CHI Health Mercy Corning. Primary and specialty clinics will continue under the names of CHI Health Alegent Creighton Clinic and The Physician Network.

CHI Health has nearly 15,900 employees, 15 acute-care hospitals, a medical school, two inpatient psychiatric facilities, a rehabilitation center, a burn center and two networks of multispecialty clinics with nearly 200 locations.

Alegent Creighton Health and CHI Nebraska began integrating into a single health system last year. Dr. Cliff Robertson was named CEO of the network this past January.

Alegent Creighton Health has been wrangling with one of Nebraska’s largest insurers, Blue Cross Blue Shield, over pricing. Blue Cross Blue Shield says Alegent Creighton’s charges are too high, routinely 10 to 30 percent more than other Omaha hospitals. But Robertson has said he thinks the prices are fair and in line with the market.

The 700,000 people insured by Blue Cross will be able to continue seeing doctors affiliated with the Catholic Health Initiatives network at least through Aug. 31.

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