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As Catholic systems grow by acquiring other hospitals, abortions plummet

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  September 14, 2017

Catholic hospitals operate under religious directives prohibiting them from performing certain reproductive health services, including abortions. As Catholic providers grow by acquiring non-Catholic hospitals, a study reports it's affecting access to that care.

Dignity Health considers joint venture with San Francisco teaching hospital

Dignity Health considers joint venture with San Francisco teaching hospital

By Dave Barkholz  |  December 21, 2016

Dignity has entered talks with an academic medical center while still negotiating a possible mega-merger with Catholic Health Initiatives. Dignity's operating performance swung to a $30.8 million gain in the most recent quarter from a $47.5 million loss a year ago.

Ascension partners with Lyft to ease patient transportation

Ascension partners with Lyft to ease patient transportation

By Dave Barkholz  |  December 20, 2016

The Catholic health system will work with Lyft to ensure that a ride is always available for patients. Ascension is the first major hospital company to engage Lyft, which is rolling out a non-emergency medical transportation business across the country.

Ascension CEO Tersigni prepares to meet Trump transition team

Ascension CEO Tersigni prepares to meet Trump transition team

By Dave Barkholz  |  December 05, 2016

Ascension CEO Anthony Tersigni is planning to meet this week with President-elect Donald Trump's transition team to give input on healthcare reform. As head of the nation's largest not-for-profit hospital company, Tersigni has used his visibility to advocate for access to affordable care.

Data Points for Oct. 24, 2016

Data Points for Oct. 24, 2016

By Modern Healthcare  |  October 22, 2016

Data Points for the week of Oct. 24, 2016, covered the following topics: Faith-based hospitals, Roman Catholic hospitals and quality at Catholic hospitals.

Patient says Dignity Health denied gender-transition care despite HHS rule

By Erica Teichert  |  August 30, 2016

A transgender man says a Dignity Health hospital allegedly canceled his hysterectomy a day before the scheduled operation because of the system's faith-based policies, according to local media reports. It's the latest challenge against the Catholic system's ethical and religious directives.

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