Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Charity Assistance at OSF

The OSF Healthcare system has a site on www.osfhealthcare.org. It is signed by "The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis".

The site states the following--

"Dear Patient:

The Philosophy of OSF HealthCare is that all people have a right to receive needed health care. Our doors are open to persons of every faith and ethnic background regardless of their ability to pay."

Why would the Sisters sign this when OSF-SFMC attorney Doug Marshall has made it very clear that OSF will not take care of my dying Haitian Hearts patients?

Also, the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services, which OSF Corporate Ethicist Joe Piccione recently quoted in the Catholic Post, lists the following directive:

Directive #3-- "In accord with its mission, Catholic health care should distinguish itself by service to and advocacy for those people whose social condition puts them at the margins of our society and makes them particularly vulnerable to discrimination: the poor; the uninsured and the underinsured; children and the unborn; single parnts; the elderly; those with incurable diseases and chemical dependencies; racial minorities; immigrants and refugees. In particular, the person with mental or physical disabilities, regardless of the cause or severity, must be treated as unique person of incomparable worth, with the same right to life and to adequate health care as all other persons."

The Haitian children and their families are living in extreme distress. Why are the Sisters, Bishop Jenky, and the OSF Board of Directors and Ethics committees ignoring Directive #3 regarding Haitian children that need their advocacy?

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