Keep­ing their re­li­gion

Modern Healthcare - - Opinions Letters -

In the “Of­fer­ing sal­va­tion” Cover Story (Feb. 21, p. 6), Holy Cross Hos­pi­tal of Chicago was listed un­der a head­ing of “Los­ing their re­li­gion?” On the con­trary, Holy Cross, like St. Vin­cent Hos­pi­tal in Worces­ter, Mass., will con­tinue to keep full Ro­man Catholic iden­tity when it is ac­quired by Van­guard Health Sys­tems.

The Sis­ters of St. Casimir, Holy Cross Hos­pi­tal spon­sors, worked closely with the Arch­dio­cese of Chicago’s Car­di­nal Fran­cis Ge­orge, re­cent pres­i­dent of the United States Con­fer­ence of Catholic Bish­ops, and Van­guard Health Sys­tems to forge an agree­ment that would pre­serve the char­i­ta­ble mis­sion of the hos­pi­tal and ad­here to the Catholic eth­i­cal and re­li­gious di­rec­tives.

This agree­ment builds a con­crete charter to sus­tain the many com­po­nents of Catholic iden­tity, in­clud­ing the rights of the lo­cal bishop. As Holy Cross Hos­pi­tal has long served an eco­nom­i­cally chal­lenged area of Chicago’s South­west Side and the num­ber of sis­ters has de­creased, this ground­break­ing amal­gam of com­mit­ment to qual­ity out­comes, cap­i­tal in­vest­ment, char­ity care and hon­or­ing faith tra­di­tion be­came a high pri­or­ity for the sis­ters, board of trustees, ad­min­is­tra­tion and com­mu­nity lead­ers in as­sess­ing new own­er­ship.

Fol­low­ing a thor­ough visit to Van­guard’s St. Vin­cent Hos­pi­tal, the sis­ters were very sat­is­fied that a sim­i­lar cre­ative en­ter­prise has be­come a sus­tained re­al­ity. It was clear that Catholic and for-profit need not be an­ti­thet­i­cal.

As the only hos­pi­tal in a large area of Chicago, the com­mu­ni­ties served greatly need Holy Cross Hos­pi­tal to thrive. With the sup­port of Car­di­nal Ge­orge and the part­ner­ship with Van­guard Health Sys­tems, we look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing a proud legacy of high-qual­ity care and to be a liv­ing ex­am­ple of our con­gre­ga­tion’s Catholic mis­sion. Sis­ter Im­mac­ula Wendt Gen­eral su­pe­rior Sis­ters of St. Casimir Chicago

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