Mary Klimp, CEO of Queen of Peace Hospital in New Prague and chair of the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) Board of Directors, earned the American Hospital Association (AHA) Grassroots Champion award for her exceptional leadership in generating grassroots and community action to support the missions of Minnesota hospitals. Klimp received the award at the AHA annual meeting in April in Washington, D.C., and she will be recognized at the MHA Awards program on Friday evening, May 6. (more…)
Obama administration rescinds key parts of federal regulation on ‘conscience protections’ for health workers
The Obama administration on Friday eliminated key provisions of a George W. Bush-era rule that allowed health workers to opt out of medical services they find objectionable on religious or personal grounds. The rule was widely interpreted as allowing workers to refuse to participate in a range of services, including providing the emergency contraceptive Plan B and treating gays and lesbians. The new rule leaves intact previously established “conscience protections” for workers who do not want to perform abortions or sterilizations. It also retains the Bush rule’s formal process for allowing workers whose rights are violated to file complaints.
Controversies over bioethical standards at U.S. Catholic hospitals show the need for greater Catholic education for health care workers, Vatican officials said Thursday (Feb. 3). Church leaders said a new set of biomedical guidelines will be published later this year, as well as a separate document on AIDS prevention after last year’s controversial remarks by Pope Benedict XVI on the morality of condom use.
In a recent exchange of letters with the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the head of the Catholic Health Association has affirmed that the local bishop is the “authoritative interpreter” of the ethical and religious directives that guide Catholic health care.
After 17 years of leading Madonna Towers of Rochester and a total of 34 years in long-term care, Mark Cairns will be retiring as CEO at the end of July 2011. Cairns is a long-standing member of the CHA-MN Board of Directors.
NCR has never named a person of the year, but felt compelled to recognize Sr. Carol Keehan in 2010 for her work with national health coverage.
St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix acted in accord with Catholic directives on medical ethics when it performed an abortion last year to save the mother’s life, the head of the Catholic Health Association of the United States said Dec. 21.
The Board of Directors at Regina Medical Center is pleased to announce that Ty W. Erickson has been named Chief Executive Officer of Regina Medical Center, effective February 21, 2011. Mr. Erickson brings more than 16 years of experience from a successful career in health care administration. His expertise includes strategic planning, operational improvement, financial performance, physician recruitment and development.
Villa St. Vincent, a Benedictine Health System co-sponsored organization, is in the news. The Dec. 15 edition of Catholic Health World includes a feature story about how the residents are contributing their efforts to brighten the Christmases of others in need. Cindy Hulst, mission integration chair and director of the social work department, is quoted in the article.
Archbishop John C. Nienstedt, in cooperation with the Guild of the Catholic Medical Association of St. Paul and Minneapolis, invites Catholic healthcare workers to attend the Annual White Mass on Saturday, October 23, 2010, 5:00 p.m. at the Saint Mary’s Chapel, Saint Paul Seminary. Spouses are welcome. Reception immediately following. RSVP to 651.291.4488