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.


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11 Comments

  1. slojustice says:

    I think this is a response to the upcoming regulations in obama care regarding forcing hospitals to provide abortion services and birthcontrol to it’s employees in their health insurance.

    (1) 7 Total Votes - 4 up - 3 down
  2. RU4Real says:

    why? Why are they changing their name? They’ve been very successful using the Catholic West affiliation.

    (3) 3 Total Votes - 3 up - 0 down
  3. Crusader says:

    It will be interesting to see if any Catholics (particularly any clergy) remain on the local governing board of the hospitals once “Dignity Health” gets knee-deep into providing financially lucrative abortion and artificial birth control services. This will be one to watch, that’s for sure.

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    • Ted Slanders says:

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      Crusader,

      What part of the article’s statement below don’t you understand?

      “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.”

      (8) 10 Total Votes - 9 up - 1 down
  4. jackbnimble says:

    I don’t care one way or the other about the affiliation, but “Dignity Healthcare” was the best they could come up with? “Dignity” has too much of an association with death (e.g., dying with dignity) to be a good name for a hospital. Or maybe its just me.

    (4) 10 Total Votes - 7 up - 3 down
    • MaryMalone says:

      LOL, that was my first thought–“Dignity”? The word itself is unappealing…just the sound of it when said.

      It reminds me of many years ago in the course of business I had to communicate with a new assisted-living facility in the Central Valley. The name of the facility was “Twilight Arms.”

      It was definitely an “OMG-I-can’t-believe-it” moment for me.

      (2) 6 Total Votes - 4 up - 2 down
  5. Ted Slanders says:

    French and Arroyo Grande Community Hospital is no longer known as Catholic Healthcare West, therefore removing the religious reference in their names?! Blaspheme!

    Then, if this fact isn’t enough, the article alludes to the fact that without the religious reference in these hospitals names, “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,” Without the inference of the Catholic God in their name recognition, only then will they deliver a higher quality of care more efficiently?! Such insolence to the Christian God!

    We can gain solace in knowing that they will continue in NOT providing in vitro fertilization or perform abortions, praise Jesus! With our current Republican candidates, we will eliminate abortion and the other Satanic healthcare these women get altogether and once again women will have NO SAY regarding their own bodies, praise!

    Sidebar; what I’ve always found interesting, is that if a Jew was in French CHW hospital hooked up to a myriad of different machines, and their outcome was dubious, they were offered a Catholic representative to talk to them in behalf of the Catholic version of God, compared to the Jewish God! What’s wrong with this picture? One can almost hear the lightning strikes overhead! LOL

    (-8) 34 Total Votes - 13 up - 21 down
    • MaryMalone says:

      Replying to Ted:

      One thing about AGCH, even when it was under the auspices of CHW: if you are of another faith than Christianity, and don’t have your own spiritual-guidance person to visit you in the hospital, they will provide one to you.

      So, other than AGCH’s policy of being self-appointed uterus monitors, determining what services can, and cannot, be delivered to its female patients, it made no difference whether they were Catholic or not.

      (8) 12 Total Votes - 10 up - 2 down
      • Ted Slanders says:

        Mary,

        Granted, they will provide an individual of your particular faith, BUT, at the onset of this action, an individual of the CATHOLIC faith comes into your room to give you guidance dressed in the parlance of Catholic religious belief!

        At this point, if you’re of the Jewish faith, this is like oil and water, opposing magnates, Dodgers verse the Giants, etc., because you have two spiritually opposing God representatives in the same room! That is why my reference of lightening! LOL

        In and of itself, it’s ironic that the CHW Catholic faith Hospital would allow another persons God concept within their confines in the first place if one actually followed biblical principles!

        Jesus’ states: “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them” (Romans 16:17). GET IT? Sure you do.

        Relative to your “uterus monitor” comment, and if you didn’t figure it out already, our Christian God was hardly “pro-life” in the first place when you actually read the bible. Especially since He ordered abortions in one of the bible books. But, I dare say, that this topic is too dicey to either promote, or actually show here at CCN. So, I will remain silent upon this biblical axiom.

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        • zaphod says:

          I will remain silent upon this biblical axiom.
          witness! can I get a witness ?

          (12) 12 Total Votes - 12 up - 0 down
          • Ted Slanders says:

            Zaphod,

            Are you saying that we need a Jehovah Witness?!

            (7) 15 Total Votes - 11 up - 4 down

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