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Industry Voices—Catholic hospitals need to reconnect to their faith-based legacies

November 13, 2018 / Susan Morrisey

Not so long ago, Catholic hospitals were typically run by nuns. Their presence in the halls and executive suites were a constant reminder of the hospitals’ faith-based legacies, which were generally appreciated by community members, regardless of their religious affiliation. Today, Catholic hospitals are much more likely to be run by lay executives who don’t serve as a human embodiment of religious roots. The nuns’ presence may now be limited to black-and-white photographs on the hospital walls. This shift has not gone unnoticed by the communities served by these hospitals. In some cases, there’s a feeling that the hospitals have lost their souls. While Catholic hospitals may continue to offer spiritual counseling as well as care for those in need, they may be increasingly indistinguishable from other hospitals, even for-profit institutions.