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Ascension Health Provides Primer on Health Reform
Ascension Health is the nation's largest Catholic and largest nonprofit health system, serving patients through a network of hospitals and related health facilities, providing acute-care services, long-term care, community-health services, psychiatric, rehabilitation and residential care.
Ascension Health is sponsored by us, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, by four provinces of the Daughters of Charity, and by the Congregation of St. Joseph. Ascension Health is committed to caring for those who are most in need in the communities in which we serve.
Ascension Health’s mission and vision provide a strong foundation for the work of the system, a framework that is expressed as follows:
Rooted in the loving ministry of Jesus as healer, we commit ourselves to serving all persons with special attention to those who are poor and vulnerable. Our Catholic health ministry is dedicated to spiritually centered, holistic care, which sustains and improves the health of individuals and communities. We are advocates for a compassionate and just society through our actions and our words.
We envision a strong, vibrant Catholic health ministry in the United States which will lead to the transformation of healthcare. We will ensure service that is committed to health and well-being for our communities and that responds to the needs of individuals throughout the life cycle. We will expand the role of laity, in both leadership and sponsorship, to ensure a Catholic health ministry of the future.
In view of today’s need for major health reform, Ascension Health has published a Policy Primer on Health Reform as well as guiding features which compare the health-reform bills which are under consideration in Congress. We invite you to read (click on the links below) about the status of the health-reform bills and to reflect on Ascension Health’s comparisons.