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Statement by Cardinal Francis George, OMI
 Archbishop of Chicago

Regarding Holy Cross Hospital
December 15, 2010

The Sisters of Saint Casimir came to me some months ago with a new approach to extend their charitable and spiritual mission in health care among the people of the southwest side of Chicago.  I am convinced that their solution, while unusual, is the best option to continue the Catholic mission at the Sisters’ Holy Cross Hospital.

In recent years, as economic challenges increased, the Sisters sought a partner who would allow Holy Cross to stabilize its finances, upgrade its infrastructure, and look to the future with real optimism while maintaining its Catholic mission.

Despite long and diligent efforts, the Sisters were unable to find a suitable, not-for-profit partner, Catholic or non-Catholic.  But they did find a suitable, for-profit partner -- Vanguard Health Systems of Nashville, Tennessee.

A for-profit Catholic hospital would seem to be counter-intuitive, but Holy Cross will be sponsored by the Sisters of Saint Casimir while owned and operated by Vanguard.  The hospital will be internally governed according to the Ethical and Religious Directives of the Catholic Church.  The Sisters of Saint Casimir will retain the reserved powers necessary to assure the Catholic nature and mission of the hospital.

Archdiocesan ethicists have reviewed the proposal of the Sisters of Saint Casimir and found it to be ethically and spiritually sound, and the Holy See has approved the transaction.

May God bless this new partnership and the many people whose physical and spiritual needs it will serve.

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