Trinity to sell outmoded campus in southeast Michigan to fledgling Catholic health organization

June 2024

Trinity Health Michigan has signed an agreement to sell its hospital campus in Howell, Michigan, to a new Catholic health organization. The campus will become outmoded when Trinity Health Michigan opens a replacement hospital in 2026.

Both Trinity Health Michigan and the purchaser, Catholic Healthcare International, are keeping terms of the agreement confidential. Those organizations expect to complete the sale in summer 2026. Plans call for Trinity Health Michigan to transfer the Trinity Health Livingston campus to Catholic Healthcare International but to rent a small space within the hospital, where Trinity Health Michigan will continue to offer some medical services.

Trinity Health is replacing the 42-bed Trinity Health Livingston campus with a hospital about 10 miles away in Brighton, Michigan. Trinity Health already has a medical center at the Brighton campus with 18 short-stay unit beds, eight operating rooms and other facilities. Construction is underway to renovate that medical center and to erect the new hospital, which will have 56 acuity-adaptable beds. Trinity Health is investing $238.2 million in the Brighton campus construction.

According to Catholic Healthcare International's website, its plan for the Howell campus is to build a replica of Padre Pio's Home for the Relief of Suffering in San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy. St. Pio of Pietrelcina opened that hospital in the 1950s.

Catholic Healthcare International also will open a school for osteopathic medicine and the Terri Schiavo Home for the Brain Injured on the Howell campus. Schiavo suffered cardiac arrest in 1990 at age 26 and went into a persistent vegetative state. Court cases led to the removal of her feeding tube, and she died in 2005. Bobby Schindler, who is Schiavo’s brother, is part of the Catholic Healthcare International leadership team.

Catholic Healthcare International was incorporated in 2004 to replicate St. Pio's hospital model around the world. The Howell facility will be the first replication. Cardinal Raymond Burke, who is a past archbishop of St. Louis, and Bishop Earl Boyea of the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan, are episcopal advisers to Catholic Healthcare International.

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