If your article and cover art ("What hospitals won't do for a merger," Sept. 28, p. 28) were intended merely to be provocative, you achieved your objective. If you intended to cover the issue of hospital mergers with the clarity and objectivity your readership expects and deserves, your failure was complete.
Before the days of "market share," Catholic hospitals were providing healthcare as a ministry of service, especially to those marginalized and most in need. Those healthcare services have been based solidly on the Judeo-Christian ethos of respect for inherent human dignity. It is no irony that Catholic healthcare is a clear counterpoint to the often impersonal environment that characterizes the current world of healthcare.
The ongoing debate about hospital mergers must not ignore the obligation of all who work in healthcare to steward scarce resources to provide high-quality healthcare to all communities.
Associate Director for Health Care
New York State Catholic Conference