The End of Catholic Healthcare?
In the March 16 edition of America Magazine, Daniel Sulmasy, O.F.M. tells the sad story of Catholic Healthcare in the city of New York. Seven hospitals were closed from 2007 - 2008.
The Friar/Doctor not only recounts the events that led to the closings, but offers a number of lessons learned. And, thankfully, makes a case for the continuation of Catholic Healthcare.
In health care, patients and practitioners alike are becoming alienated from the health care delivery system. Hospitals that treat patients with true respect, recognize their dignity, attend to their spiritual needs, value people over technology and value service over the bottom line are precisely the remedy that people need.
Given their mission, Catholic institutions should be leading the way.
Read the article and be sure to check out the podcast as well.