"Catholic" Hospitals Operating (No pun intended) in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia
In the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, six "Catholic" hospitals operate:
- Holy Redeemer
(Five hospitals in the Archdiocese fall under Catholic Health East, which merged with Trinity Health as of 5/1/13, for a joint national presence of 82 hospitals: "The new system will have annual operating revenues of about $13.3 billion and assets of about $19.3 billion." Catholic Health East itself is headquartered in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, as is the Catholic Medical Association, the Institute for Catholic Bioethics at Saint Joseph's University, and the National Catholic Bioethics Center.)
privileges are the 'prescriptions' that allow physicians
to perform certain procedures or operations, or even to admit a
patient.... Obtaining hospital privileges is a detailed and tedious
process.... Doctors go through similar processes at all hospitals where
they want to
practice" (The privilege process: How doctors get privileges at hospitals, Southeast Missourian, 6/21/06).
With the Catholic Medical Association, the Institute for Catholic Bioethics, and the National Catholic Bioethics Center all headquartered in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, it is curious that so little is said about certain shocking situations with hospital privileges in our Archdiocese:
- 1) among OBGYNs with privileges, there is a paucity of NFP-only physicians (i.e., Only one OBGYN can be identified who is on One More Soul's list of NFP only OBGYNs);
- 2) privileges for IVF specialists (e.g., ALL of Holy Redeemer's "Reproductive Endocrinologists and Obstetricians" are IVF specialists - Dr Jennifer Nichols of Abington Reproductive Medicine, Drs Arthur Castelbaum, Martin Freedman, Benjamin Gocial, and Jacqueline Gutmann of Reproductive Medicine Associates of Philadelphia, and NONE of Holy Redeemer's obstetricians are to be found on a list of NFP-only physicians!);
- 3) privileges for associates of a practice involved with "fetal reduction":
per posters at FertileThoughts.com, Dr. Frank Craparo is a
of "reduction" - a euphemism for abortion (According to at least one listing, Craparo has affiliations at Mercy Fitzgerald, Nazareth, and Saint Mary's. This cannot be confirmed at those hospital's web sites.). ALL of St Mary's specialists in "Maternal Fetal
Medicine" - are associates of Craparo at
"Abington Perinatal Associates."
"End of Life" Care and Information
- “A new form intended to guide end-of-life healthcare decisions is forcing
Catholic hospitals and nursing homes to take a position on a contentious
ethical issue, but New Jersey church leaders appear to be having an easier time
supporting …. the ….
“It is similar to an advance directive, but unlike those documents it has the force of a doctor’s order and must be followed