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Mon Jan 23, 2012, 04:23 AM

In quest to grow, Catholic hospital system pares religious ties

In quest to grow, Catholic hospital system pares religious ties
Posted on Monday, January 23, 2012
By Jordan Rau | Kaiser Health News

WASHINGTON — Catholic Healthcare West, one of the nation’s largest hospital systems, is ending its governing board’s affiliation with the Catholic Church and changing its name, two steps intended to help the system expand throughout the states in which it operates _ California, Arizona and Nevada — and beyond.

The changes, which executives plan to announce Monday, underscore the unique challenges facing Catholic hospitals in the marketplace, where there are tremendous financial pressures for hospitals to merge or form formal alliances with other health care providers in order to survive and thrive.

The change will have no effect on any patients or the medical care provided at the 25 Catholic and 15 secular hospitals in the system. But executives hope it will make it easier to merge or affiliate with other hospitals, doctors’ practices and other health care providers.

In the past few years, proposed mergers between Catholic and secular hospitals in Louisville, Ky., and Sierra Vista, Ariz., have collapsed in part because of concerns about the church’s bans on abortions, in-vitro fertilizations and sterilizations. Other mergers have succeeded only with the help of unusual contortions, such as in Troy, N.Y., where a separately licensed maternity ward free from Catholic doctrine was created on the second floor of a secular hospital taken over by a Catholic system. In Seattle, Swedish Medical Center last fall agreed to fund a Planned Parenthood office next door to quell objections about its planned affiliation with a Catholic system.

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http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/01/23/136497/in-quest-to-grow-catholic-hospital.html

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Judi Lynn Jan 2012 OP
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Missy Vixen Jan 2012 #3
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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Jan 23, 2012, 06:50 AM

1. No doubt Nazinger will still rake in the cash.

This is "the free market" in action. The drawing power of corrupt religionism has lost its luster, but I'd bet anything the church still gets what they really worship out of the deal.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Jan 23, 2012, 08:33 AM

2. Well, at least it is laid bare: We will drop our so-called morals if the bag of money is big enough!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Jan 23, 2012, 11:12 AM

3. We live in the Seattle area

The closest emergency room/imaging center is owned by Swedish Medical Center. I made my objections to their policies re: women's reproductive health clear when asked to schedule a mammogram there. I won't be back.

Swedish can insist all they like that it's possible to obtain reproductive services elsewhere in the Seattle area. Why would any pro-choice woman patronize a hospital that doesn't provide the full range of health services?

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Response to Missy Vixen (Reply #3)

Mon Jan 23, 2012, 05:43 PM

5. What the sam hill could they possibly have against mammograms?

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Response to 2ndAmForComputers (Reply #5)

Mon Jan 23, 2012, 05:51 PM

6. I won't have one there

Swedish Medical Center has now aligned with the Catholics. They will not perform abortions in their hospitals as a result, or offer other reproductive services besides births.

I'm sure Evergreen Hospital will be more than happy to offer me an appointment for health care services.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Jan 23, 2012, 03:59 PM

4. Still observing doctrinal rules...

...still a Catholic hospital. Yeah, no abortions, no vasectomies, no birth control.

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