The Catholic Health Association and the Supportive Care Coalition offer this document with gratitude to our colleagues at the University of Washington recognizing that the clinical indicia for decision-making about any medical intervention are the same as they have always been. Although this decision-making model is put forth as a response to COVID-19, it is merely an application and implementation of best-practices applied to the current setting. (more…)
“As health care providers across the globe respond the COVID-19 pandemic, there are many ethical considerations around resource allocation and the delivery of care for critically ill patients. Catholic health care is committed to the healing ministry of Jesus and upholding the inherent dignity of all who seek our care. We are also committed to accompanying and supporting patients through the end of their lives. (more…)
Since its inception, “African American Emancipation Day,” also known as “Juneteenth,” commemorates the emancipation of enslaved people in the U.S. The holiday was first celebrated in Texas, where on June 19 in 1865, General Granger read General Order Number 3, declaring, “The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.”
The advocacy and lobbying efforts of the Minnesota Alliance for Ethical Healthcare at the Capitol have been so successful that assisted suicide proponents are now turning to the courts for relief. On May 17, the Final Exit Network (FEN) filed a lawsuit in federal court related to a recent dispute with the Anoka County Sheriff.
Since Covid-19 vaccines began to be discussed, Catholics have raised concerns about the moral and ethical aspects of taking them. While the Vatican and the USCCB have weighed in on the subject, a lot of Catholics still have questions. To answer those questions, The Pillar brings you The Ultimate Catholic Coronavirus Morality Explainer.™
The city’s largest employer and health care provider, Essentia Health, intends to grow its regional footprint with a massive acquisition of hospitals and clinics owned by CommonSpirit Health in North Dakota and rural Minnesota. The two health systems have signed a letter of intent to bring two dozen CHI-branded facilities under Essentia ownership as early as this summer.