Catholic Healthcare in America: Franciscan Mission Moving Forward

by Sister Julie Ann on March 28, 2009

img_5437.jpgOn March 27-28, 2009, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Healthcare Ministry Inc., gathered trustees of its four system organizations for the forum: The Changing Landscape of Healthcare in America: Our Mission Moving Forward. Scott McConnaha, Director of Corporate Relations, organized the education sessions.

Friday’s program included: 

Later in the day, Bishop David Ricken, Diocese of Green Bay, presided at Friday evening’s Eucharistic liturgy. After dinner, Mark Moyer, Chair of the Genesis HealthCare System, received the Sister Ritarose Stahl Recognition Award bestowed on a trustee for commitment to the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity’s philosophy and values and long-standing service and loyal support for the stability and growth of the healthcare ministry.

img_5431.jpgOn Saturday morning, John Carr, executive director of the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, spoke in a witty, yet heartfully-honest way about the current environment in U.S. healthcare reform, discussed proposals under consideration and the important Catholic concerns that arise with each of them. He encouraged all present to integrate mission and service, being clear and visible in living Gospel values every day.

img_5432.jpgWith at least 55 million uninsured-job/coverage losses growing, Jeff Tieman, the Catholic Health Association‘s senior director of Health Reform Initiatives, gave reasons why there is need for concern for healthcare in the United States, how things currently stand in Washington, and gave suggestions to shape healthcare reform.

What are your thoughts on Jesus’ healing ministry today?

5 thoughts on “Catholic Healthcare in America: Franciscan Mission Moving Forward”

  1. Attending this forum was a blessing and a boost to the spirit. The speakers were engaging, the topics timely and the company delightful.
    Jesus’ healing ministry is needed today for each of us broken in mind, body or spirit. The healing touch of Jesus is given today via the caring hands of another.

  2. Some thoughtful planning went into these informational, as well as inspirational days. Jesus’ impressionable mission statement for healthcare was defined as:
    The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free…(Lk 4:18)

  3. Thank you for this posting! I mentioned it on my Twitter page a few days ago.

    Healthcare is on many minds right now, and the Catholic health ministry is positioned to really lead the way toward a system that is fair, equitable, and easily accessible to the poor and marginalized.

  4. Scott, your leadership is so needed as we build toward more advocacy consciousness. The Lord bless you.

  5. Sister Kay Klackner says:

    It was truly an inspiring and informative meeting. Both the national speakers and local hospital administrators had messages to help us understand the challenges of healthcare today. Thank you for the wonderful input.

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