Witness, Identity and Common Ground in Collaborative Arrangements: A Partner’s Perspective

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Publication Date

Winter 2019

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Health Care Ethics USA


From The Article:

The publication of a revised Part Six of the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services (ERDs) and the proliferation of collaborative ventures, both within Catholic health care and between Catholic health care and other partners, provide a good opportunity to examine three collaborative arrangements (CAs) between Roman Catholic health care corporations and Seventh-day Adventist health care corporations. As an ordained Seventh-day Adventist minister and ethicist who presently works for a Catholic health care system (Providence St. Joseph Health), as well as serving for a time as an ethics consultant for one of the three CAs (Centura Health), I hope to offer a unique perspective. These cooperative arrangements between our two faiths are both feasible and necessary in the current American health care industry. The success of Centura Health is an indicator of the high likelihood of success for present and future arrangements even in light of the recent ERD revision. However, I think it is also important to revisit our idea of “success” as these healing ministries of Christ continually morph and respond to the present-day American health care industry and its regulation by the federal government. Could this industry ever change so much that we should seriously consider backing away from some or all of its expressions in our ministries?


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