Catholic Conference of Ohio
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Health Affairs Department - Catholic Conference of Ohio

Mission Statement

We are the people of Catholic health care, a ministry of the church continuing Jesus' mission of love and healing today. As provider, employer, advocate, citizen — bringing together people of diverse faiths and backgrounds — our ministry is an enduring sign of health care rooted in our belief that every person is a treasure, every life a sacred gift, every human being a unity of body, mind, and spirit.

We work to bring alive the Gospel vision of justice and peace. We answer God's call to foster healing, act with compassion, and promote wellness for all persons and communities, with special attention to our neighbors who are poor, underserved, and most vulnerable. By our service, we strive to transform hurt into hope.

As the church's ministry of health care, we commit to:

  • Promote and Defend Human Dignity
  • Attend to the Whole Person
  • Care for Poor and Vulnerable Persons
  • Promote the Common Good
  • Act on Behalf of Justice
  • Steward Resources
  • Act in Communion with the Church

 

U.S. Bishops Chairman Responds To Defeat Of GOP "Skinny Repeal” Bill

"The greatness of our country is not measured by the well-being of the powerful but how we have cared for the 'least of these.'"

In response to the Senate vote on the "skinny repeal" bill, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, issued the following statement:

"Despite the Senate's decision not to pass legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act last night, the task of reforming the healthcare system still remains. The current healthcare system is not financially sustainable, lacks full Hyde protections and conscience rights, and is inaccessible to many immigrants. Inaction will result in harm for too many people.

A moment has opened for Congress, and indeed all Americans, to set aside party and personal political interest and pursue the common good of our nation and its people, especially the most vulnerable. In order to be just, any bill for consideration must:

Protect the Medicaid program from changes that would harm millions of struggling Americans.

Protect the safety net from any other changes that harm the poor, immigrants, or any others at the margins.

Address the real probability of collapsing insurance markets and the corresponding loss of genuine affordability for those with limited means. 

Provide full Hyde Amendment provisions and much-needed conscience protections.

Any final agreement that respects human life and dignity, honors conscience rights, and ensures that everyone can access health care that is comprehensive, high quality, and truly affordable deserves the support of all of us.

The greatness of our country is not measured by the well-being of the powerful but how we have cared for the 'least of these.'  Congress can and should pass health care legislation that lives up to that greatness."

Statement

House Budget Resolution Places Poor in Jeopardy Says U.S. Bishops Chairman

Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development expressed concern

“The USCCB is closely monitoring the budget and appropriations process in Congress and is analyzing the proposed House budget resolution in more detail.  It is clearly noted at the outset that the proposal assumes the harmful and unacceptable cuts to Medicaid from the American Health Care Act.  Additionally, steady increases to military spending in the resolution are made possible by cutting critical resources for those in need over time, including potentially from important programs like SNAP that provide essential nutrition to millions of people. The bipartisan approach to discretionary spending in recent years, while imperfect, reflected a more balanced compromise given competing priorities. 

A nation’s budget is a moral document.  Reducing deficits through cuts for human needs—while simultaneously attempting a tax cut, as this proposal does—will place millions of poor and vulnerable people in real jeopardy.  Congress should choose a better path, one that honors those struggling in our country.”

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Revised Senate Health Care Reform Bill Still “Unacceptable,” Says U.S. Bishops Chairman

Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development Responds

The USCCB is reviewing carefully the health care bill introduced by Senate leadership on July 13, 2017. On an initial read, we do not see enough improvement to change our assessment that the proposal is unacceptable. We recognize the incremental improvement in funding the fight against opioid addiction, for instance, but more is needed to honor our moral obligation to our brothers and sisters living in poverty and to ensure that essential protections for the unborn remain in the bill."

July 13, 2017 USCCB Statement by Bishop Dewane

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Department Cabinet Members

Department on Health Affairs Chairperson

Michael Connelly, President and CEO of Mercy Health Partners

Department on Health Affairs "Kitchen Cabinet"

On January 14, 2010, presidents of member hospitals and chief executive officers of healthcare systems determined that the Catholic Conference of Ohio's Department on Health Affairs would sharpen its mission to focus on the hospitals as Catholic institutions.  They appointed a “kitchen cabinet” of system/hospital staff to meet regularly with staff of the Catholic Conference on matters of mutual concern.

Cabinet members include:

Jon Fishpaw (Convenor)
Vice President of Advocacy and Government Relations
Mercy Health Partners

Kyle Miller
Director, Government Affairs and Public Policy
Sisters of Charity Health System

 

Cabinet Members (Continued)

Jason Koma
Director of External Affairs
Mount Carmel Health System
 

Sister Carol Bauer SC
Vice President, Mission Effectiveness
Good Samaritan Hospital, Dayton

Scott McConnaha
Vice President, Mission Effectiveness
Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity
(Genesis HealthCare, Zanesville)

Carolyn Jurkowitz
Executive Director, Catholic Conference of Ohio

Jim Tobin
Associate Director, Catholic Conference of Ohio