Do nuns run St Vincent’s?
St VINCENT’S University Hospital is owned and answerable to the Sisters of Charity.
Its affairs are managed by a board of directors, which answers to the shareholders, who are the order of nuns.
The hospital’s website explicitly states the board ‘develops the hospital and its services in accordance with the principles and ethics of the Congregation of the Religious Sisters of Charity’.
Two of the 12 board members, Sr Mary Benton and Sr Agnes Reynolds, are Sisters of Charity nuns. According to the hospital’s description of its Governance and Management Structure, the main objectives for the board are to provide medical services for patients through the ‘continuance and furtherance of the ethos, aims and purposes of the Congregation of the Religious Sister of Charity’, and to ‘conduct and maintain the facility in accordance with the Health Care Philosophy and Ethical Code of the Religious Sisters of Charity’.
An executive council regulates day-to-day functioning within the terms laid down by the board, to which it is directly responsible.