Community  Health Foundation (CHF) was incorporated in the State of Ohio in 1986 as Community Hospital Health Services Foundation, a charitable, not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation, for the “promotion, direction, control, coordination and support” of The Community Hospital of Springfield, Ohio and its related health services. Over the years, several medical services, entities and joint ventures fell under the umbrella of CHF. As a result of the July 1, 2004 merger between The Community Hospital and Mercy Health System Western Ohio that resulted in a new corporation, Community Mercy Health Partners (CMHP), CHF took on a new structure and new role in healthcare in the greater Springfield OH community.

An important component of the Definitive Agreement among the parties that formed the new Community Mercy Health Partners (CMHP) was the promise to build in Springfield, Ohio, a state-of-the-art, new hospital to replace Community Hospital and Mercy Medical Center facilities. The new hospital opened November 13, 2011 as Springfield Regional Medical Center (SRMC).

CHF has a dual role to play in the regional healthcare system of Clark and Champaign Counties, Ohio. It is both a provider of health services and a co-owner of Community Mercy Health Partners. In addition, CHF provides health and wellness education within the community, and grants to local non-profit organizations.

Our Job as a Healthcare Provider

The Reproductive Services Plan of the Definitive Agreement outlined the authorities and responsibilities of CHF to provide reproductive health services that cannot be provided by CMHP which operates under the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Services.  

CHF staff, nurses, nurse manager and medical director provide quality, inpatient, reproductive services in the CHF Health Services Pavilion on the campus of Springfield Regional Medical Center at 200 Medical Center Drive, Springfield OH 45504. The three-story Pavilion adjacent to Springfield Regional Medical Center contains two operating suites, an exam room, administrative offices and tenant lease space.  Reproductive health services are delivered in a way that is convenient and seamless to the patient and health care professionals.

CHF provides:

  • Sterilizations secondary to another inpatient procedure such as a vaginal birth, cesarean section birth, or abdominal surgery;
  • Primary sterilizations for high risk patients; and
  • Contraception after a birth.

Outpatient primary sterilizations are available at the Ohio Valley Surgical Hospital, 100 W. Main Street, Springfield, Ohio.

It is the intent of CHF that local people enjoy, at minimum, the same scope and quality of reproductive health services now and into the future as they enjoyed before the consolidation of non-sectarian Community Hospital with Catholic Mercy Medical Center.

Our Job as an Owner of CMHP

CHF is a 50% Corporate Member with Mercy Health in the ownership and governance of Community Mercy Health System (CMHS) that owns CMHP and operates Springfield Regional Medical Center. This means CHF…

  • Elects, and may remove, members of the CMHS and CMHP Boards of Directors;
  • Approves changes to governing documents, mission, vision and values of CMHS and CMHP; and
  • Takes any action necessary to ensure that the activities and performance of CMHP are consistent with the philosophy, mission, vision, values and strategic direction established by the Corporate Members.


On July 1, 2004 The Community Hospital and Mercy Health System Western Ohio merged to form one regional healthcare system affiliated with Mercy Health. As a result of the consolidation, most of the corporations previously organized under Community Hospital Health Services Foundation (CHF) were realigned under Community Mercy Health Partners (CMHP) the newly formed corporation.

The former Community Hospital Independent Endowment Fund (CHIEF) merged into CHF on January 1, 2009. This chart depicts the current corporate structure.

CHF Corporate Structure 2015