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Vision & History

The Community Health Endowment invests in health-related projects and programs and convenes the community around important health issues. 

Our Vision: Make Lincoln the Healthiest City In The Nation

On October 1, 1997, a master agreement was signed to formally transfer ownership of Lincoln General Hospital from the City of Lincoln to Bryan Memorial Hospital (now Bryan Health). The sale of the hospital resulted in net revenues of about $37 million for the city.

Then-Mayor Mike Johanns appointed the Mayor’s Task Force on Lincoln General Sale Proceeds to address the use of these funds. After a public process to gather community input, the Task Force developed a vision for a healthier Lincoln and recommended the development of the Community Health Endowment of Lincoln (CHE). CHE was officially established in 1998.

Since its creation, CHE has returned more than $40 million within the city of Lincoln while growing the endowment at the rate of inflation for future generations.

Our Values

Stewardship: Using resources prudently while growing and preserving assets

Collaboration: Partnering to develop healthy children, families, and neighborhoods

Community Expertise: Valuing good ideas from the heart of the community

Innovation: Finding new and better ways to improve the health of our increasingly diverse community

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