Ancilla Systems Incorporated (ASI) is an internal service organization for Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ ministries located in Indiana and Illinois. The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ are an international congregation of women religious. ASI provides financial, human resources and benefit administration, risk & insurance, project, property and facilities management, information technology and web design as well as development services for various Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ ministries.
ASI is located in Hobart, Indiana, and serves Poor Handmaid ministries so that they can live out their missions of serving those in need, especially the poor and underserved who live in areas where the Poor Handmaids have long been committed.
ASI includes Nazareth Home, a licensed foster home located in East Chicago, Indiana. Nazareth Home provides care for infants and children up to age six who may be medically compromised and are referred to Nazareth Home by the Indiana Department of Child Services – Lake County. The licensed foster mother, staff and volunteers tend to the needs of the children on a 24 x 7 basis. The State of Indiana provides a small daily stipend for the children who reside at Nazareth Home.
Ancilla Systems is the Corporate Member for the individually incorporated Linden Houses located in Chicago, Illinois; Gary, Hobart and Mishawaka, Indiana. The Linden Houses are government-assisted, independent living centers for seniors in those communities. Seniors enjoy a comfortable, safe, affordable place to live.
Ancilla Systems is also the Corporate Member for Sojourner Truth House, Inc., a day center in Gary, Indiana for homeless and at-risk women and children.
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Ancilla Systems Incorporated History
In 1851, Mother Mary Catherine Kasper and a group of four companions founded the religious congregation, the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, also known as the Ancilla Domini Sisters, Inc. Their mission was to serve God by serving people, especially the sick, the poor, and the children. Today, the congregation perpetuates this mission in nine countries on four continents.
The Poor Handmaids came to the United States in 1868 and established a number of hospitals, schools, and orphanages in the Midwest. As health care became increasingly complex, Sister Symphoria, provincial superior of the congregation, established and became the first president of Central Management Services. Her desire was that Central Management Services assist the congregation and the hospitals to “cope with the complexities of modern management and to further the work of the community’s apostolate by more efficient and economical operations.” Two years later, Central Management Services was renamed Association of Ancilla Domini Hospitals. This underwent another name change to Ancilla Domini Health Services in 1974. In each case, the new name accompanied evolutionary changes leading to a more organized system.
Ancilla Domini Health Services functioned as an organization of shared services for the individual hospitals and the sponsoring congregation. In 1984, Ancilla Domini Health Services was restructured and named Ancilla Systems Incorporated.
The role of Ancilla Systems Incorporated was to serve as a formal link between institutions and the religious congregation allowing for a more effective health care response to the changing needs of those we serve.
In the early 1990’s, Ancilla Systems Incorporated’s Board and its Sponsor, the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, made the strategic decision to refocus its healing ministry with ownership of acute care hospitals not being a component of its new vision.
Over several years, attempts at system to system mergers were pursued without a successful conclusion. In 1999, the direction was changed to look for the best hospital partners in each market where Ancilla Systems Incorporated owned facilities.
That started the strategic focus that led to the transformation of Ancilla Systems Incorporated from a multi-hospital healthcare system to a services ministry. Ancilla Systems Incorporated is now responsible for providing service in the areas of Administration, Governance, Human Resources, Finance, Support Services, Information Technology and PHJC Development. ASI is also responsible for carrying out the obligations remaining from previous hospital ownership and preservation of the funds established to meet those obligations, the cost of operations and certain ministry activities over the long term.
Ancilla Systems Incorporated will broaden its ongoing support to the Ancilla Domini Sisters, Inc. and the PHJC ministries as service needs are identified.
Ancilla Systems Incorporated is organized and operates exclusively for the benefit of, to perform the functions of, or to carry out the purposes of the Ancilla Domini Sisters, Inc., an Indiana non-profit corporation. The objectives and purposes of Ancilla Systems Incorporated are to provide administrative, management and consultative services to, or for the benefit of, the Ancilla Domini Sisters, Inc. and the PHJC ministries.