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Research & Clinical Trials

The CHI Health St. Elizabeth Research Center promotes innovative research efforts and is committed to providing quality healthcare for our patients and community. By partnering with physician-led clinical trials and collaborating with other healthcare providers across the region, our Research Center is available to coordinate strategic research activities and provide comprehensive patient support.

Collaboration with CHI Institute for Research and Innovation (CIRI)

CIRI is a partnering organization that connects Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) hospitals, such as CHI Health St. Elizabeth, with system-wide initiatives dedicated to research and innovation. CIRI staff members come from diverse backgrounds that span community healthcare, industry and academia.

What is research?
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services defines research as a systematic investigation, including research development, testing and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge. Activities which meet this definition constitute research for purposes of this policy, whether or not they are conducted or supported under a program which is considered research for other purposes. For example, some demonstration and service programs may include research activities.

What is a clinical trial?
According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, a clinical trial is defined as a study in which participants are assigned to receive one or more interventions (or no intervention) so that researchers can evaluate the effects of the interventions on biomedical or health-related outcomes. The assignments are determined by the study protocol. Participants may receive diagnostic, therapeutic, or other types of interventions.

Online research and clinical trial-related resources
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP)
US Department of Health & Human Services
Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP)

More information
Please call 402-219-7677 or email Paul Edwards at for more information regarding research at St. Elizabeth.