Phoenix Hospital Controversy Continues

Rowen K. Zetterman, M.D., dean of Creighton University School of Medicine, in Omaha, responded to criticism of the university’s expanding affiliation with a Phoenix hospital whose Catholic identity was revoked by the local bishop. Zetterman said that Creighton’s School of Medicine remains “confident it can maintain the Catholic and Jesuit values” among students training in Phoenix. In late 2010 Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of Phoenix revoked the Catholic affiliation of St. Joseph’s Hospital after hospital officials acknowledged that in 2009, in response to an imminent medical threat, a woman’s placenta was removed and her child died as a result. After the Creighton students arrived, Bishop Olmsted reiterated on July 23 that St. Joseph’s “is not a Catholic institution,” advising that at St. Joseph’s “Catholics, and all people of good will...cannot be guaranteed authentic Catholic health care.” Zetterman said St. Joseph’s officials have assured him that they “continue to operate the hospital in the Catholic tradition.” He also pointed out that medical students frequently train at institutions without any Catholic connections.

Comments are automatically closed two weeks after an article's initial publication. See our comments policy for more.

Advertisement
Advertisement

The latest from america

Teachers and supporters hold signs in the rain during a rally on Jan. 14 in Los Angeles. Thousands of Los Angeles teachers went on strike for the first time in three decades after contract negotiations failed in the nation's second-largest school district. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Strikes have likewise been prominent in Canada’s southern neighbor over the last year. Teachers in West Virginia made national headlines when strikes across the state won higher wages from a Republican governor and legislature
Dean DettloffJanuary 22, 2019
This year’s W.Y.D takes place less than three months after the conclusion of the Synod for Young People that was held in the Vatican last October.
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 21, 2019
On Jan. 18, a teenager wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat, center left, stands in front of an elderly Native American singing and playing a drum in Washington. (Survival Media Agency via AP)

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- An exchange between Catholic high school students and a Native American tribal leader in Washington Jan.

Like most public writers, I was used to getting notes that were crude, crazy or even mildly threatening. Normally, I would say a quick prayer for these obviously troubled people and get on with my day. This time it felt different, precisely because the author wasn’t insulting or obviously deranged.
Rachel LuJanuary 21, 2019