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Catholic hospital system to remove saints’ names from hospitals

September 08, 2016

A leading Midwestern Catholic hospital system has announced that it will remove saints’ names from the names of its hospitals.

Franciscan Alliance will rename its hospitals “Franciscan Health,” followed by the city name, according to the Indianapolis Business Journal.

Thus, St. Margaret Health in Hammond, Indiana, will become Franciscan Health Hammond.


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  • Posted by: [email protected] - Sep. 09, 2016 8:15 PM ET USA

    This happened because our Bishops collectively have no backbone. This did not happen overnight.

  • Posted by: vboast4348 - Sep. 08, 2016 10:36 PM ET USA

    how shameful.

  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - Sep. 08, 2016 8:50 PM ET USA

    Apparently, advancing their corporate identity is more important than continuing to honor a saint.

  • Posted by: james-w-anderson8230 - Sep. 08, 2016 7:48 PM ET USA

    About 10 years ago the Bishop of Manchester, NH tried to sell the Catholic Medical Center to a secular hospital and a group of lay people challenged the sale in court and prevented the sale. Those lay people are still persona non grata in the diocese.

  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Sep. 08, 2016 5:10 PM ET USA

    The same is happening with what was once called "Catholic Health Initiatives" and is now called CHI. They did not remove St. Vincent's from their hospital in Little Rock, but did remove St. Joseph from their Hot Springs hospital. It is a shame, but any resemblance to a Catholic institution in health care is rapidly disappearing. Expect the Obama agenda to take over next.

  • Posted by: feedback - Sep. 08, 2016 9:56 AM ET USA

    When Catholic nations in Europe fell under Soviet communist rule following WW2, that is exactly what the communists did: remove all references to Saints in the names of streets, markets and hospitals.

  • Posted by: ElizabethD - Sep. 08, 2016 8:30 AM ET USA

    In my location, the hospital system still nominally run by some religious sisters has increasingly merged with a secular health system Dean, and formerly having been referred to as "Dean-St Mary's" is right now being prominently rebranded "SSM Health" with a new logo of a moibus loop or horizontal infinity symbol. They aren't actually stipping saint names from the hospitals (St Mary's in Madison WI, St Clare someplace else etc) but these names seem to now be deemphasized relative to "SSM Health"