Sept. 1 Statement on Landmark Hospital acquisition

Earlier today (Sept. 1 2010), Cardinal Seán O’Malley consulted with Ralph de la Torre, MD, Chief Executive Officer of Caritas Christi Health Care, regarding the announcement that Caritas had entered into an agreement to acquire Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket, RI. The Cardinal was concerned about public statements that Landmark would not be operated as a Catholic hospital if acquired by Caritas.

Dr. de la Torre said, “We wish to clarify statements that have been previously made regarding Landmark Medical Center and its affiliation with Caritas Christi. Currently, Caritas Christi advises Landmark Medical Center, but does not manage the hospital. If Landmark Medical Center is acquired by Caritas Christi or by any company owning the Caritas Christi hospitals, Landmark Medical Center will function within and abide by the Ethical and Religious Directives.”

“I am grateful to Dr. de la Torre for his strong leadership in turning around the Caritas Christi Health Care System,” said Cardinal Seán. “He shares our commitment to advancing the mission of Caritas Christi. We look forward to the conclusion of the Caritas Christi transaction with Steward Health Care System LLC so that the system will receive much needed capital for its infrastructure, programs, and pension funds while continuing to provide high quality healthcare in accord with the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services adopted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.”