Proposed Catholic hospital mega-merger assessed by Church officials

Denver-based Catholic Health Initiatives and San Francisco-based Dignity Health proposed merger would include 139 hospitals, employ 159,000 people, and have combined revenues of $28.4 billion

Catholic ethics and church law must be at the center of a merger of two major Catholic health care systems that, if approved, will create the largest non-profit health system in the country, an archdiocesan official says. Denver-based Catholic Health Initiatives and San Francisco-based Dignity Health announced the proposed merger Dec. 7. They aim to create a new Catholic … [Read more...]

Supreme court exempts church-affiliated hospitals from pension law

California-based Dignity Health, which operates both Catholic and non-Catholic hospitals, among three hospital systems that had been sued by employees

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that church-affiliated hospital systems do not have to comply with a federal law governing employee pensions, overturning lower court decisions that could have cost the hospitals billions of dollars. The court ruled 8-0 that church-affiliated organizations are exempt from the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, a 1974 law that forces … [Read more...]

Evan Minton sues Mercy hospital in Carmichael for refusing hysterectomy

“It devastated me"

The following comes from an Apr. 20 story in the Sacramento Bee. More than seven months after a Dignity Health hospital refused a hysterectomy to a Sacramento-area transgender patient, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Wednesday on his behalf. The lawsuit, filed in San Francisco Superior Court, alleges that Dignity discriminated against Evan … [Read more...]

Teaming up against Catholic hospitals

California Medical Association wants to join ACLU lawsuit against Dignity Health

The following comes from an April 27 89.3 KPCC story by Rebecca Plevin: The California Medical Association is seeking to join the ACLU of Northern California in its lawsuit against a Catholic hospital system over one of its facilities' refusal on religious grounds to allow a doctor to perform a tubal ligation after a planned Cesarean section. The Medical Association says … [Read more...]

Mercy Medical wins sterilization lawsuit

Judge finds in favor of Catholic hospital in Redding; ACLU vows to appeal

The following comes from a January 5 Action News Now article: A San Francisco Superior Court Judge denied a motion Tuesday brought by the American Civil Liberties Union against the Catholic-affiliated medical group, Dignity Health. Dignity Health, which operates Mercy Medical Center in Redding, has denied women various procedures related to reproductive health in the past … [Read more...]

Urge to merge

Daughters of Charity want to join Ascension Health The Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, a women’s religious order that operates six California hospitals from the Bay Area to Los Angeles, has decided to merge its health system with Ascension Health Alliance, the largest Catholic healthcare conglomerate in the U.S. The Daughters of Charity Health System, … [Read more...]

Will they still be ‘Catholic’ hospitals?

Bishop writes his flock about CHW name change The following is a Feb. 14 letter by Monterey Bishop Richard Garcia about how the dissolution of Catholic Healthcare West will affect Catholic hospitals in his diocese. My dear Brothers and Sisters: As you probably heard, the Board of Directors of Catholic Healthcare West made the decision to change its name to Dignity … [Read more...]

“Not an official ministry”

Catholic Healthcare West cuts ties with Church Catholic Healthcare West, the multi-billion-dollar hospital conglomerate based in San Francisco that operates institutions in California, Arizona and Nevada, is shedding its Catholic name -- apparently in the interest of profit. The conglomerate announced yesterday it was changing its name to Dignity Health and would no … [Read more...]