R.I. bishop re­quests re­moval of lo­cal hospi­tal’s mem­ber­ship

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Prov­i­dence, R.I., Bishop Thomas Tobin has re­quested that the Catholic Health As­so­ci­a­tion re­scind the mem­ber­ship of a hospi­tal sys­tem spon­sored by the Dio­cese of Prov­i­dence be­cause of the as­so­ci­a­tion’s pub­lic sup­port for health­care re­form leg­is­la­tion. “Your en­thu­si­as­tic sup­port of the leg­is­la­tion, in con­tra­dic­tion to the po­si­tion of the bish­ops of the United States, pro­vided an ex­cuse for mem­bers of Congress, mis­led the pub­lic, and caused se­ri­ous scan­dal for many mem­bers of the church,” the bishop wrote to the CHA in a March 29 let­ter. “Even the as­so­ci­a­tion with CHA is now em­bar­rass­ing, and for that rea­son I re­quest that our name be re­moved.” CHA spokesman Fred Cae­sar con­firmed that the as­so­ci­a­tion agreed to re­move mem­ber­ship for 271-bed St. Joseph Health Ser­vices of Rhode Is­land in North Prov­i­dence. Cae­sar said one other sys­tem has de­clined to re­new mem­ber­ship, but he de­clined to iden­tify it.

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