Ex­em­pla feud re­solved

Modern Healthcare - - The Week In Healthcare - Joe Carl­son

Ex­ec­u­tives at Ex­em­pla Health­care in Den­ver put in place an agree­ment last week that could fi­nally end the years of lit­i­ga­tion be­tween the man­age­ment of the sys­tem and its two re­li­giously mixed spon­sors.

The new agree­ment gives the Ro­man Catholic Sis­ters of Char­ity of Leav­en­worth Health Sys­tem, Lenexa, Kan., op­er­a­tional con­trol over Ex­em­pla’s hos­pi­tals, but would re­tain five of Ex­em­pla’s 10 board of di­rec­tor seats for the lo­cal sec­u­lar spon­sor, Com­mu­nity First Foun­da­tion, Ar­vada, Colo. The new level of con­trol will al­low the Sis­ters of Char­ity to in­vest in sys­tem in­fra­struc­ture—in­clud­ing po­ten­tially build­ing a new hospi­tal in Den­ver—while the foun­da­tion’s pres­ence will con­tinue a mea­sure of lo­cal over­sight.

Crit­i­cally, the new ar­range­ment al­lows the Sis­ters of Char­ity to run all three hos­pi­tals un­der Catholic eth­i­cal and re­li­gious di­rec­tives. The re­li­gious spon­sor in the past had been pro­hib­ited by the Den­ver Arch­dio­cese from tak­ing its five seats on the Ex­em­pla board, be­cause two of the hos­pi­tals per­formed a small num­ber of what are con­sid­ered by the church to be “in­trin­si­cally evil” ser­vices such as abor­tions, con­tra­cep­tion, and re­moval of feed­ing tubes for pa­tients.

The new ar­range­ment al­lows the Catholic sys­tem to par­tic­i­pate and in­vest in Ex­em­pla.

In a bind­ing June 5, rul­ing, ar­bi­tra­tor William Meyer said the deal would be il­le­gal un­less the sec­u­lar foun­da­tion agreed to the trans­fer for no mon­e­tary sum be­cause “a mem­ber has no eq­uity in­ter­est in a char­i­ta­ble non­profit cor­po­ra­tion.”

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