SLO County CHW hospitals split from the Catholic Church
January 24, 2012
Catholic Healthcare West, which operates two hospitals in San Luis Obispo County, changed its name on Monday to Dignity Health and cut its affiliation with the Catholic Church. [SacramentoBee]
The change is not expected to impact patient care or employees of French Hospital Medical Center and Arroyo Grande Community Hospital, which are both now non-Catholic facilities. Marian Medical Center in Santa Maria, also a Dignity Health facility, is sponsored by the Order of the Sisters of Saint Francis and will remain Catholic.
The Dignity Health system currently owns or operates 25 Catholic hospitals and 15 non-Catholic hospitals, Lloyd H. Dean, the organization’s president/chief executive said Monday in a press release.
“The changes would enhance the organization’s ability to work across the spectrum of health care and expand partnerships to deliver high-quality care more efficiently,” Dean said.
In the past, Dean acknowledged that CHW’s religious affiliation had been a concern for non-Catholic hospitals considering becoming a part of the network, the Sacramento Bee said.
Both the non-Catholic and Catholic Dignity Health hospitals will continue to operate under Catholic religious directives and will not provide in vitro fertilization services or perform abortions, according to Dignity Health’s statement of common values.