Your recent article "Advocate invites rebel Catholic hospitals" (April 28, p. 21) inaccurately portrayed Advocate Health Care as being critical of many Roman Catholic hospitals in the Chicago area for their efforts to create Catholic-only networks. Yes, Advocate (co-sponsored by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Church of Christ) is interested in partnering with other faith-based care providers, including Catholic hospitals. Our communication has always been cordial and open, and we hope to continue the dialogue so we can determine how best to achieve our common mission to serve.
It is not our role to criticize the judgment of Chicago's Catholic archdiocese, Catholic hospitals or any other faith-based healthcare provider. When Advocate President and Chief Executive Officer Richard Risk recently spoke before a conference of Catholic hospital executives, his message was one of inclusion delivered with a desire to identify and jointly pursue our shared goals. Advocate remains unequivocally committed to an ecumenical approach that recognizes and accepts the wisdom of all faiths. Our purpose is not to be divisive.
The Rev. L. James Wylie
Senior vice president, religion and health
Advocate Health Care, Oak Brook, Ill.