Catholic Conference of Ohio
Thursday, April 27, 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

 

Health Affairs Updates

Catholic Conference of Ohio Issues State Budget Recommendations

Health, Human Services and Education Areas Addressed In Letter To Ohio House Members

The Conference encourages House members to keep the needs of the poor and vulnerable foremost in mind. "The basic moral test for our society is how we treat the most vulnerable in our midst. This preferential option for the poor and vulnerable includes all who are marginalized in our nation and beyond—unborn children, persons hungry, homeless or unemployed, the elderly, persons in need of health care, persons with disabilities, persons in need of quality education, immigrants and refugees, and persons who are victims of injustice and oppression." 

Full Letter to House
Background Page on Health & Human Services
Background Page on Supporting Families Who Choose Catholic Schools

USCCB Chairmen Call On Congress To Consider Moral Criteria During Debates On Health Care Policy

The Bishops called on Congress to ensure coverage for those who now rely upon it after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, and expressed concern about any structural changes to the social safety net that could impact access to health care for millions.

In a letter from March 8, 2017, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, and Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, urged Congress: to respect life by preventing the use of federal funds to facilitate abortion or purchase health care plans that provide abortion; to honor conscience rights; and to ensure access for all people to comprehensive, quality health care that is truly affordable.

“A repeal of key provisions of the Affordable Care Act ought not be undertaken without the concurrent passage of a replacement plan that ensures access to adequate health care for the millions of people who now rely upon it for their wellbeing."

Any modification of the Medicaid system as part of health care reform should prioritize improvement and access to quality care over cost savings."

 

USCCB Chairman Calls On Congress To Preserve Gains In Healthcare Coverage While Also Emphasizing The Need To Protect Human Life, Conscience Rights And The Poor

Letter Sent to U.S. House and Senate

As Congress discusses a repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, the Chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, is urging members of the House and Senate to provide a replacement plan concurrently so that millions of Americans will continue to have access to vital health care. 

 "...a repeal of key provisions of the Affordable Care Act ought not be undertaken without the concurrent passage of a replacement plan that ensures access to adequate health care for the millions of people who now rely upon it for their wellbeing."

USCCB Letter

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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