ICHA Executive Director’s Report – June, 2017

RECENT ACTIVITIES

The second quarter of 2017, ICHA’s Executive Director continued to meet individually with leadership and is responding to various challenges facing Catholic healthcare in Illinois. ICHA and the Catholic Conference of Illinois (CCI) were unsuccessful in defeating HB 40, which would allow for public funding of abortion for any reason and at any point in a pregnancy. Governor Rauner has said that he intends to veto the bill but the Senate has yet to send it to him for action.

ICHA’s Executive Director continues his travels throughout the state, meeting personally with Sponsors, Bishops, Board members and CEOs.

In April, ICHA, in partnership with Little Company of Mary Hospital, hosted the first meeting of ICHA Chaplains in the Chicagoland area on April 6th at Little Company of Mary Hospital. It was well attended and greatly appreciated by the Chaplains.

In May, ICHA hosted a meeting of the Mission Leaders on May 10th at the Presence Health offices in Mokena, IL. The speakers included Fr. Michael Place, Ethicist, Franciscan Alliance, on Exploring Trans Gender Issues, and Rebecca Davis Mathias, Ethicist, St. Anthony’s Hospital, on the Principle of Double Effect: Palliative Sedation and Physician Assisted Suicide.

In June, ICHA hosted a meeting of the Ethicists/Healthcare Vicars on June 23rd at the Presence Health offices in Mokena, IL. Speakers included Mark Repenshek, Ethicist, Ascension Health, on Models of Joint Ventures. Bob Gilligan, Executive Director, Illinois Catholic Conference, on Legislative and Legal Issues in Illinois. Fr. Michael Place also reprised his presentation on Exploring Trans Gender Issues with the Healthcare Vicars and Ethicists.

2017 UPCOMING MEETINGS

ICHA, in conjunction with HSHS and OSF, will be holding their first Physician’s Retreat on October 27th at the Jump Education Center in downtown Peoria. The keynote speaker and retreat leader will be Myles Sheehan, SJ, MD. Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits will be provided by the Prairie Heart Institute.

ADVOCACY UPDATE

At the Federal level, ICHA continues to monitor congressional action concerning the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and replacing it with the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Currently, the Senate is crafting their version of AHCA behind closed doors and it is uncertain if it will ever see the light of day. One aspect of the ACA that most certainly will go away is the HHS Contraception Mandate which Secretary Price has already initiated with a regulatory comment period.

At the state level ICHA is following the State Supreme Court case, Carle Hospital v. Cunningham Township, which will determine if the State’s tax-exemption law for not-for-profit hospitals is constitutional. An initial ruling favored Carle Hospital but the issue still remains in the courts. The courts also provided an injunction to the Crisis Pregnancy Center in Rockford, IL concerning the requirements from HB 1564 that healthcare institutions provide information concerning other providers who may deliver services that we find objectionable. This is also still in the courts.

Finally, as mentioned above, ICHA is actively urging Governor Rauner to veto HB 40 when it comes to his desk.

MISSION EDUCATION

As an update on ICHA’s Chaplaincy Education Program with the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC), ICHA continues to register participants. To date, 176 persons registered for the course; 96 have completed it.

ICHA FINANCES

ICHA continues to operate under a balanced budget. ICHA recently developed their FY 17-18 budget which was recommend unanimously by the Finance Committee and approved by the Board on March 10th. There will be no dues increase for the upcoming fiscal year. Invoices for the FY 17-18 dues will go out on July 1st.

CONCLUSION

Thank you for all you do on behalf of the ministry. We continue to look for better ways to serve you and are always open to new ideas.  If ICHA may assist you in any way, please contact me anytime at pcacchione@il-cha.org.

ICHA Executive Director’s Report – March, 2017

RECENT ACTIVITIES

For the first quarter of 2017, ICHA’s Executive Director continued to meet individually with leadership and is responding to various challenges facing Catholic healthcare in Illinois and at the federal level.  These challenges include advocating against public funding of abortion in Illinois for any reason and at any time during the pregnancy (HB 40) and reviewing and responding to Congress’ repeal and replacement plan for the Accountable Care Act (ACA).

ICHA’s Executive Director continues his travels throughout the state, meeting personally with Sponsors, Bishops, Board members and CEOs.  He met with the Board of Directors on January 19th and March 16th and the Finance Committee on January 12th and on March 8th. ICHA’s Executive Director also convened a task force to plan the first Catholic physicians meeting. The meeting will take place at OSF’s Jump Center in Peoria on Friday, October 27, 2017, with Fr. Myles Sheehan, S.J., as the featured presenter.

ICHA’s Annual Meeting was held on Thursday, March 30, 2017. Sister Carol Keehan, CEO of the Catholic Health Association (CHA), provided the Keynote Address which focused on changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In addition to Sr. Carol, MC Sullivan from the Archdiocese of Boston presented on the issue of Physician-Assisted Suicide and Hillary Byrnes with the United States Catholic Conference (USCCB), gave an update on religious liberty. We had nearly 100 attendees and the evaluations of the meeting were overwhelmingly positive.

2017 UPCOMING MEETINGS

ICHA, in partnership with Little Company of Mary Hospital, will host the inaugural meeting of Catholic Chaplains in the Chicagoland area on April 6th at Little Company of Mary Hospital. Next year ICHA will plan a similar event in downstate Illinois.

ICHA’s Executive Director will meet with the ICHA Mission Leaders on May 10th, and with the ICHA Ethicists/Healthcare Vicars will meet on June 23rd, both meetings will be held at Presence Health Offices in Mokena.  Dates still to be determined, in May or June, are conference call meetings for the Finance Committee and the Board of Directors; if needed.

ADVOCACY UPDATE

ICHA continues to participate in advocacy calls by the Catholic Health Association (CHA) and working at the state level with the Illinois Catholic Conference (CCI).

As mentioned above, at the federal level, ICHA is coordinated activities with CHA and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in an effort to review and respond to Congress’ attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and replace it with the American Health Care Act (AHCA). As part of this effort, on March 23rd and 24th, ICHA’s Executive Director (along with many ICHA members) attended CHA’s Legislative Days in Washington, DC, to advocate against the increasingly conservative AHCA which was ultimately pulled from the floor by Speaker Ryan. ICHA, along with CHA and USCCB continue to monitor action on healthcare reform.

Finally, ICHA has been working closely with CCI to advocate against the passage of HB 40, which would provide public funding through the State’s Medicaid program for an abortion for any reason and at any time during pregnancy.

ICHA and CCI have also been working to amend HB 5576 which passed last year and would require, as of January 1, 2017, that all group health insurance policies include coverage for certain contraceptive drugs, devices and products, including voluntary sterilization.

MISSION EDUCATION

As an update on ICHA’s Chaplaincy Education Program with the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC), ICHA continues to register participants. To date, 170 persons registered for the course; 96 have completed it.

ICHA FINANCES

ICHA continues to operate under a balanced budget. ICHA recently developed their FY ‘17-‘18 budget which was recommend unanimously by the Finance Committee and approved by the Board on March 16th. There will be no increase in ICHA dues for the coming fiscal year.

CONCLUSION

Thank you for all you do on behalf of the ministry. We continue to look for better ways to serve you and are always open to new ideas.  If ICHA may assist you in any way, please contact me anytime at pcacchione@il-cha.org.

ICHA 2017 Annual Meeting

ICHA’s Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 30, 2017, at the Union League Club of Chicago, 65 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL.  We will begin with Mass at 7:30AM.  A community health update, by Holy Cross Hospital, will be given at 8:30AM; opening prayer is at 8:55AM followed by the keynote address at 9:00AM.  Our meeting will conclude at 1:00PM.  2017 ICHA Annual Mtg Letter ICHA 2017 Annual Meeting Agenda Register Form 2017

ICHA Executive Director’s Report – December, 2016

RECENT ACTIVITIES

For the final quarter of 2016, ICHA’s Executive Director continued to meet individually with leadership and is responding to various challenges facing Catholic healthcare in Illinois. These challenges include implementing same sex marriage benefits and preparing for the January 2017 implementation of SB 1564 which amends The Health Care Right of Conscience Act.

ICHA’s Annual Meeting scheduled for Thursday, November 10th, at the Union League Club, was cancelled due to a change in Cardinal Cupich’s schedule. Cardinal Cupich was the designated to provide the Keynote Address. Subsequently, the Annual Meeting has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 30, 2017. Sister Carol Keehan, CEO of the Catholic Health Association (CHA) has agreed to provide the Keynote Address which will focus on the incoming Trump Administration and expected changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In addition to Sr. Carol, MC Sullivan from the Archdiocese of Boston will be presenting on the issue of Physician-Assisted Suicide. Other speakers are to be determined.

Also, by mail-in ballots, the Sponsors approved ICHA’s new Board of Directors and Officers for 2017. They are as follows: Msgr. Mark Merdian (Chair), Bishop Thomas Paprocki (Vice Chair), Br. Thomas Keusenkothen (Finance Chair), Bishop Daniel Jenky, Msgr. Michael Boland, Sr. Terry Maltby, Dawn Mayer, Daniel Perryman, Steve Roach, Janine Rossi and Theresa Rutherford, Sr. Sharon Ann Walsh. Sr. Anthony Veilleux. New Board members include Michael Englehart, Sr. Jomary Trstensky and Beth Florczak.

ICHA’s Executive Director continues his travels throughout the state, meeting personally with Sponsors, Bishops, Board members and CEOs.  In October the Executive Director attended Springfield Diocese’s White Mass with Bishop Paprocki and health care leaders from the Springfield Diocese and attended Mass and a presentation by Cardinal Muller at Mundelein Seminary titled “The Theology of Freedom: Encountering Christ at the Margins of Society”. In November, the Executive Director meet with the Bishop’s at their Provincial Council and presented on the issue of Legally Domiciled Adults (ADL).

2017 UPCOMING MEETINGS

ICHA’s Finance Committee will meet on January 12th. The Board of Directors will meet on Thursday, January 19th. The spring Board of Directors Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 16th, at the Cenacle Retreat and Conference Center in Chicago, IL. As mentioned above, the ICHA Annual Meeting will be on Thursday, March 30, 2017.

ADVOCACY UPDATE

On the state level, ICHA will be watching closely to see if there is any activity on end of life issues (EOL). On November 10th, ICHA hosted a conference call with Mission, Ethics and Advocacy members on the requirements from SB 1564 and on December 16th, ICHA disseminated draft protocols dealing with patients who request morally objectionable services to all of our local facilities. These draft protocols were developed by the OSF Healthcare System on behalf of ICHA and its members.  ICHA also disseminated a Memorandum Opinion and Order from the Circuit Court of the 17th Judicial Circuit, County of Winnebago.  This memorandum provides a preliminary injunction for the Pregnancy Care Center of Rockford. Although this preliminary injunction only applies to this pregnancy center, it may have ramifications for all of us in the future. At the federal level, we are preparing for major changes due to the incoming Trump Administration. Specifically on religious liberty issues and the overhaul of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

MISSION EDUCATION

In conjunction with CCI, ICHA updated and distributed “A Catholic Perspective on Advance Directives” to all of our members. It is available electronically on CCI’s website and hard copies can be ordered at a minimal cost.

ICHA also distributed the Bishop’s agreement on health care benefits to employees in a same-gender marriage. Each facility should work with their local ordinary as they work toward implementing the Legal Domiciled Adult (LDA) policy.

As an update on ICHA’s Chaplaincy Education Program with the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC), ICHA continues to register participants. To date, 167 persons registered for the course; 94 have completed it.

ICHA FINANCES

ICHA continues to operate under a balanced budget and ICHA has collected all of its FY 16-17 dues (One hospital has not paid their dues and it will be written off as bad debt).  ICHA has received the final audit, from the firm Hochfelder & Weber, and has shared it with the Finance Committee and the Board of Directors.

CONCLUSION

Thank you for all you do on behalf of the ministry. We continue to look for better ways to serve you and are always open to new ideas.  If ICHA may assist you in any way, please contact me anytime at pcacchione@il-cha.org.

ICHA WISHES ALL OF YOU A HAPPY, SAFE, AND BLESSED CHRISTMAS SEASON

 

ICHA Executive Director’s Report – September, 2016

RECENT ACTIVITIES

During the third quarter of 2016 ICHA’s Executive Director continued to meet individually with leadership and is responding to various challenges facing Catholic healthcare in Illinois. Most recently, ICHA is working with Presence Health after they were denied tax incentive financing (TIF) for a new cancer facility. The ACLU and others complained that because Presence Health operates under the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services they deny certain procedures to women and, therefore, should not have access to public funds.

ICHA is continuing to work with the Illinois Catholic Conference (CCI) on the issue of providing marriage benefits to employees who enter into a same gender marriage. Currently, we are exploring various options, including the option of providing healthcare benefits to “Legally Domiciled Adults” (LDA) rather than spouses. Much more work needs to be done on this issue.

ICHA is currently putting the final plans to the November 10th Annual Meeting. Unfortunately, our scheduled keynote speaker, Archbishop Blase Cupich, will need to be in Rome during our Annual Meeting and has designated Fr. William Grogan, his Vicar for Healthcare, to provide the keynote address. Additional speakers are Lisa Gilden, from CHA, will be discussing religious liberty and conscience protection and MC Sullivan, from the Archdiocese of Boston, will be addressing the issue of physician assisted suicide.

There were three changes on ICHA’s Board of Directors.  Michael Englehart will be taking the place of Kevin Schoeplein.  The second change is that Beth Florczak will be taking the place Nancy Razo.  Finally, the third change is that Sr. Jomary Trstensky will be rejoining the Board.

2016 UPCOMING MEETINGS

ICHA will be attending the White Mass in Springfield on October 15, 2016.

ADVOCACY UPDATE

On July 29, 2016 Governor Bruce Rauner signed Senate Bill 1564 into law. The law will take effect on January 1, 2017.  The new law amends the Illinois Health Care Right of Conscience Act by requiring healthcare facilities, including physicians’ offices, to develop “access to care and information protocols” that ensure that conscience-based objections are handled in a timely manner.  After meeting with CCI and some ICHA members, ICHA distributed a memo to all members outlining the changes in the law, and ICHA’s recommended action.

Also, ICHA continues to follow the State Supreme Court case, Carle Hospital v. Cunningham Township, which will determine if the State’s tax-exemption law for not-for-profit hospitals is constitutional.  An unfavorable ruling against Carle Hospital will have dire consequence for our Catholic hospitals. At the direction of Archbishop Cupich, ICHA convened a working group with CCI to determine if ICHA should submit an amicus brief in this case or possibly sign on to the Illinois Hospital Association’s (IHA) brief.  After much discussion and review, it was decided that ICHA should not involve itself in this case.

On May 16, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in Zubik v. Burwell and related cases challenging the Health and Human Services (“HHS”) mandate. The HHS mandate requires health plans to cover contraceptives (including abortifacient contraceptives) and sterilization procedures.  Religious nonprofit organizations are not exempt from the mandate.  In a set of cases involving the Little Sisters of the Poor and a number of other religious organizations, the Supreme Court overturned the lower court decisions that it had taken up for review and sent those cases back to the lower courts.

Because of this ruling, the Department of Health and Human Services, (HHS), asked for comments from the public on how best to accommodate stakeholders who have religious objections to contraceptive and sterilization coverage, while assuring that people with no religious objection to such coverage can still obtain it. Working with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), ICHA submitted recommended comments to HHS.

MISSION EDUCATION

As an update on ICHA’s Chaplaincy Education Program with the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC), ICHA continues to register participants. To date, 158 persons registered for the course; 94 have completed it.

ICHA FINANCES

ICHA continues to operate under a balanced budget. ICHA recently developed their FY 16-17 budget which was recommended unanimously by the Finance Committee and approved by the Board on March 10th. Invoices for the FY 16-17 dues were sent out on July 1st. Follow up notices went out in early September for those few who have not yet paid their dues.

ICHA finalized its financial compilation (in place of an annual fiscal audit) and distributed it to the Finance Committee and the Board of Directors. The review was done by the firm Hochfelder & Weber.

CONCLUSION

Thank you for all you do on behalf of the ministry. We continue to look for better ways to serve you and are always open to new ideas.  If ICHA may assist you in any way, please contact me anytime at pcacchione@il-cha.org.

 

We look forward to welcoming you to ICHA’s Annual Meeting on November 10, 2016!

ICHA 2016 Annual Meeting Postponed

ICHA ANNUAL MEETING POSTPONED

As you know, ICHA has their Annual Meeting set for November 10, 2016 at the Union League Club. Our Keynote speaker for our event is Cardinal Cupich. Because of his obligations in Rome, the Cardinal cannot make the November 10 meeting.  Therefore, ICHA is cancelling this meeting to be rescheduled in the Spring of 2017.  When we receive an acceptable date from Cardinal Cupich, we will begin rescheduling the event.

We apologize for the short notice.  If you have already registered for the November 10th meeting, we will hold your reservation for the Spring event.  If you are unable to attend at that time, we will reimburse your donation.  If you have any questions, please contact our office.

Thank you and I apologize, again, for the short notice, but when Rome calls, things change.

 

ICHA Executive Director’s Report – June, 2016

RECENT ACTIVITIES

The second quarter of 2016, ICHA’s Executive Director continued to meet individually with leadership and is responding to various challenges facing Catholic healthcare in Illinois. ICHA and the Catholic Conference of Illinois (CCI) continue to work with the Bishops and healthcare institution on the issue of same-gender benefits and are following a State Supreme Court case that could have tax implications for ICHA members (see Advocacy Update below).

An issue left over from last year’s legislative session is the bill sponsored by the ACLU to amend Illinois’ Healthcare Right of Conscience Act (SB 1564). ICHA, in conjunction with the CCI and the Bishops, worked hard to modify SB 1564 to have it comply with current Catholic healthcare practices. Because of this, ICHA took a position of neutrality and continued to monitor the legislation. At the end of May, SB 1564 passed both the House and Senate and the Legislature has 30 days to send it to Governor Rauner. Although no one is certain whether the Governor will veto or sign the bill into law, it is ICHA’s inclination that he will sign it.

ICHA’s Executive Director continues his travels throughout the state, meeting personally with Sponsors, Bishops, Board members and CEOs.

In May, ICHA hosted a meeting of the Mission Leaders on May 10th at the Presence Health offices in Mokena, IL. The speakers included John Hardt, VP, Mission Integration, Loyola University Health System, on Preparing Future Leaders in Catholic Healthcare, and Debbie Converse, Senior Manager, Programming and Education Center for Ministry Leadership, Bon Secours Health System, on Ministry Development in the Age of Social Media.

In June, ICHA hosted a meeting of the Ethicists/Healthcare Vicars on June 9th at the Presence Health offices in Mokena, IL. Speakers included Dr. Daniel Sulmasy, Professor of Medicine and Ethics, University of Chicago, on Catholic Healthcare in a Rapidly Changing Secular Society and Bob Gilligan, Executive Director, Illinois Catholic Conference, on Legislative and Legal Issues in Illinois. Other issues covered included:

1) The Zika Virus

2) Cooperation with non-Catholic Partners

3) Coordinating Care across the Healthcare Continuum

4) Enhancing Connections between Healthcare Ministries and Local Parishes

2016 UPCOMING MEETINGS

ICHA will be holding their Annual Meeting on November 10th at the Union League Club in downtown Chicago. The keynote speaker will be Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich. Additional speakers are Lisa Gilden, General Counsel, Catholic Health Association, and MC Sullivan, Director, Initiative on Palliative Care and Advanced Care Planning, Archdiocese of Boston.

ADVOCACY UPDATE

With regard to the proposed federal HHS regulations mandating coverage for contraception and sterilization, ICHA’s Executive Director continues to follow this issue closely after the Supreme Court failed to rule and returned the issue back to the lower courts.

Also, at the state level ICHA is following the State Supreme Court case, Carle Hospital v. Cunningham Township, which will determine if the State’s tax-exemption law for not-for-profit hospitals is constitutional. An unfavorable ruling against Carle Hospital will have dire consequence for our Catholic hospitals. At the direction of Archbishop Cupich, ICHA is convening a working group with CCI to determine if ICHA should submit an amicus brief in this case.

Finally, as mentioned above, ICHA is actively monitoring SB 1564 to see what action Governor Rauner will take.

MISSION EDUCATION

As an update on ICHA’s Chaplaincy Education Program with the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC), ICHA continues to register participants. To date, 155 persons registered for the course; 94 have completed it.

ICHA FINANCES

ICHA continues to operate under a balanced budget. ICHA recently developed their FY 16-17 budget which was recommend unanimously by the Finance Committee and approved by the Board on March 10th. There will be no dues increase for the upcoming fiscal year. Invoices for the FY 16-17 dues will go out on July 1st.

CONCLUSION

Thank you for all you do on behalf of the ministry. We continue to look for better ways to serve you and are always open to new ideas.  If ICHA may assist you in any way, please contact me anytime at pcacchione@il-cha.org.

ICHA Executive Director’s Report – March, 2016

RECENT ACTIVITIES

For the first quarter of 2016, ICHA’s Executive Director continued to meet individually with leadership and is responding to various challenges facing Catholic healthcare in Illinois and at the federal level.  These challenges include advocating for better care at the end of life and for a state budget to alleviate the non-payment for Medicaid and a variety of social service programs.

ICHA’s Executive Director continues his travels throughout the state, meeting personally with Sponsors, Bishops, Board members and CEOs.  He met with the Board of Directors on January 13th and March 10th and the Finance Committee on January 6th and March 2nd. On March 11th the Executive Director also met with the Board of the Illinois Catholic Conference (CCI).

In February, ICHA’s Executive Director co-hosted a webinar with Loyola Law School on Religious Liberty and Conscience Protection.  Presenters for this webinar were Hillary Byrnes, USCCB; Jim Geoly, Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella; Erica Laethem, OSF Healthcare; Larry Singer, Loyola School of Law. Ms. Laethem presented on the Catholic Moral Traditions on Conscience and Implications for Catholic Healthcare and Ms. Byrnes and Mr. Geoly presented on the Federal Protections and Legislative and Regulatory Challenges and the Illinois State Protections and Legislative and Regulatory Challenges respectively. He also met with Dougal Hewitt, Vice President of Presence Health.

In March, the Executive Director convened a meeting of all the health system ethicists and the Diocesan Healthcare Vicars at the offices of Presence Health. The theme of the meeting and discussion was “Catholic Healthcare in a Rapidly Changing Secular Society”.  The issues that were discussed were what the Michigan Catholic Conference recently did concerning Legally Domiciled Adults (LDA); ministerial positions; (ICHA’s Board Resolution on Ministerial Positions from, 2014, re: CEO’s, chaplains, ethicists, and Vice President of Mission) because, by nature of their job, are certainly a minister of the Church and should be written into their job description. The meeting also addressed the Zika virus issue and if contraception is acceptable use during this pandemic.

2016 UPCOMING MEETINGS

ICHA’s Executive Director will meet with the ICHA Mission Leaders on May 10th, and with the ICHA Ethicists/Healthcare Vicars will meet on June 9th, both meetings will be held at Presence Health Offices in Mokena.  Dates still to be determined, in May or June, are conference call meetings for the Finance Committee and the Board of Directors; if needed.

ADVOCACY UPDATE

ICHA continues to participate in advocacy calls by the Catholic Health Association (CHA) and working at the state level with the Illinois Catholic Conference (CCI). At the federal level, ICHA conducted a letter writing campaign to members of the Illinois congressional delegation urging them to support the Care Planning Act of 2016 (S. 1549). ICHA has been working with CHA on this bill to insure that Medicare patients have the care that they need.

Finally, ICHA has been working with CCI to develop a viable option for the Bishops to consider concerning offering health benefits to employees who enter into same-gender marriages.

MISSION EDUCATION

As an update on ICHA’s Chaplaincy Education Program with the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC), ICHA continues to register participants. To date, 155 persons registered for the course; 94 have completed it.

ICHA FINANCES

ICHA continues to operate under a balanced budget. ICHA recently developed their FY ‘16-‘17 budget which was recommend unanimously by the Finance Committee and approved by the Board on March 10th. There will be no increase in ICHA dues for the coming fiscal year.

CONCLUSION

Thank you for all you do on behalf of the ministry. We continue to look for better ways to serve you and are always open to new ideas.  If ICHA may assist you in any way, please contact me anytime at pcacchione@il-cha.org.

ICHA Executive Director’s Report – December 2015

RECENT ACTIVITIES
For the final quarter of 2015, ICHA’s Executive Director continued to meet individually with leadership and is responding to various challenges facing Catholic healthcare in Illinois and at the federal level. These challenges include implementing same sex marriage benefits and lobbying for religious conscious protection.
ICHA’s Annual Meeting on October 22rd, at the Union League Club, was a great success. Approximately 50 persons attended morning Mass and nearly 100 persons were in attendance for the meeting. Bishop Doherty and Marian Jennings examined the ethical and administrative challenges in a rapidly changing healthcare environment and the specific challenges to Catholic healthcare facilities and their sponsors and Brian Corbin addressed collaboration between Catholic healthcare and Catholic Charities. The evaluations were extremely positive and offered suggestions for next year’s meeting.
Also, during the Annual Meeting, it was announced that the Sponsors had approved ICHA’s new Board of Directors and Officers for 2016. They are as follows: Daniel Perryman (Chair), Bishop Thomas Paprocki (Vice Chair), Br. Thomas Keusenkothen (Finance Chair), Bishop Daniel Jenky, Msgr. Michael Boland, Msgr. Mark Merdian, Nancy Razo, Steve Roach, Janine Rossi and Theresa Rutherford, Sr. Sharon Ann Walsh. Sr. Anthony Veilleux was elected to her first Board term and will represent the Sponsors. Also, Sr. Terry Maltby has agreed to complete Sr. Patricia Ann Koschalke’s term, and Kevin Schoeplein has agreed to complete the term of Sandy Bruce who retired on October 1st. A special presentation was made to Sr. Jomary Trstensky for her years of service to ICHA and the Catholic healthcare ministry.
Following the Annual Meeting, Dawn Mayer, Vice President, Mission Integration and Pastoral Care for the Franciscan Ministries, agreed to serve on the ICHA Board as the Long-Term Care representative and filling the position previously held by Barbara Prosser.
ICHA’s Executive Director continues his travels throughout the state, meeting personally with Sponsors, Bishops, Board members and CEOs. In October and November, the Executive Director attended Springfield Diocese’s White Mass with Bishop Paprocki. Cosponsored and attended the Neiswanger Ethics Conference at Loyola Medical Center, participated in conference calls with the Catholic Health Association and attended CHA’s annual legislative conference in Washington, D.C., participated in Catholic Conference of Illinois’ (CCI) organizational meeting on “Doctor Prescribed Suicide” and met with Karen Teitelbaum, CEO of Sinai Hospital and Holy Cross Hospital.
2016 UPCOMING MEETINGS
ICHA’s Finance Committee will meet on January 6th. The Board of Directors will meet on Wednesday, January 13th. ICHA will be co-sponsoring a webinar with Loyola Law School on February 23rd on the issue of Religious Conscience Protection. The spring Board of Directors Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 10th, at the Cenacle Retreat and Conference Center in Chicago, IL.
ADVOCACY UPDATE
On the state level, ICHA will be watching closely to see if there is any activity on end of life issues (EOL) and at the federal level, we lobbied for the passage of the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act (ANDA) which would protect healthcare providers from violating their religious and moral beliefs concerning respect for life when they provide health services. Unfortunately, the ANDA was not included in the year end budget which was passed and signed by the president. ICHA also sent letters to Congress and encouraging them to allow expenditures for safe and clean housing for the needy to be reported as community benefit on Form 990.
MISSION EDUCATION
ICHA continues to work with CCI and others to update and distribute “A Catholic Perspective on Advance Directives”.
As an update on ICHA’s Chaplaincy Education Program with the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC), ICHA continues to register participants. To date, 153 persons registered for the course; 90 have completed it.
ICHA FINANCES
ICHA continues to operate under a balanced budget and ICHA has collected all of its FY 15-16 dues (One hospital has not paid their dues and it will be written off as bad debt). ICHA has received the final audit, from the firm Hochfelder & Weber, and has shared it with the Finance Committee and the Board of Directors.
CONCLUSION
Thank you for all you do on behalf of the ministry. We continue to look for better ways to serve you and are always open to new ideas. If ICHA may assist you in any way, please contact me anytime at pcacchione@il-cha.org.

ICHA WISHES ALL OF YOU A
HAPPY, SAFE, AND BLESSED CHRISTMAS SEASON

ICHA Executive Director’s Report – October 2015

RECENT ACTIVITIES
During the third quarter of 2015 ICHA’s Executive Director continued to meet individually with leadership and is responding to various challenges facing Catholic healthcare in Illinois. The Executive Director also published an article in Health Progress titled, “Speaking in a Unified Voice: The Power of ‘We’” (https://www.chausa.org/docs/default-source/health-progress/speaking-in-a-unified-voice-the-power-of-we.pdf?sfvrsn=0). ICHA is also currently working with the Indiana Catholic Conference on developing their voice around healthcare issues.
ICHA is in the process of surveying the major Catholic healthcare systems in Illinois to determine their policies concerning providing marriage benefits to employees who enter into a same gender marriage. This request was made subsequent to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges that ruled state-level bans on same-sex marriages are unconstitutional. The court said that the denial of marriage licenses to same-sex couples and the refusal to recognize those marriages performed in other jurisdictions violates the Due Process and Equal Protection clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution. Prior to this ruling, same-sex marriage was already recognized and considered legal in Illinois.
ICHA is currently putting the final plans to the October 22rd Annual Meeting and registration notices went out on September 8th. The keynote speaker is Bishop Timothy Doherty, from the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana. Additional speakers are Marian Jennings, President of M. Jennings Consulting, and Brian Corbin, Senior Vice President for Social Policy of Catholic Charities USA.
There were two changes on ICHA’s Board of Directors. Sr. Anthony Veilleux will be taking the place of Sr. Jeanne Haley. Sr. Anthony will serve a dual role as a Sponsor and Long-Term Care representative on the Board. The second change is that Sr. Jomary Trstensky is retiring from the Board and her Sponsor position will remain vacant for one year until Sr. Maureen O’Connor, the new HSHS Mother Superior, is ready to assume the position. Also, Kevin Schoeplein, CEO of OSF Healthcare, will fill the remaining year of Sandy Bruce’s term. due to her retirement on October 1, 2015.
2015 UPCOMING MEETINGS
ICHA will be attending and cosponsoring an ethics conference with Loyola’s Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and the Catholic Health Association (CHA) on October 9-10 in Chicago. ICHA will be holding its Annual Meeting on October 22nd at the Union League Club in Chicago, IL.
In November, ICHA Executive Director will attend CHA’s advocacy meeting in Washington, D.C.
ADVOCACY UPDATE
With the budget battle at a stalemate, HB 1564, the bill to amend Illinois Right of Conscience Act, has stalled in the House for now. ICHA continues to monitor this bill.
Anticipating activity on physician-assisted suicide in Illinois, ICHA is beginning to prepare for the debate and is working jointly with the Catholic Conference of Illinois (CCI) to identify and reach out to potential partners. The ICHA Board of Directors also approved a position statement and talking point on “Opposition to the Legalization of Physician Assisted Suicide” which were adopted from The Supportive Care Coalition.
Finally, ICHA has also joined the Healthy Illinois Campaign. The Healthy Illinois Campaign is working to make quality, affordable health coverage accessible to all people in Illinois, including immigrants regardless of their legal status. On September 28th the Executive Director attended the community launch for Healthy Illinois at Providence of God Catholic Church with Congressman Gutierrez, Commissioner “Chuy” Garcia, Karen Teitelbaum, CEO of Sinai Health System, Dennis Ryan, Holy Cross Hospital and others.
MISSION EDUCATION
ICHA has developed a small working committee on “Sharing Our Mission Through a Social Media Platform”. The committee met for the first time via conference call on September 10th. The purpose of the committee is to explore new ways developing formation and mission education using the new social media tools. A survey was recently sent to all mission and communications representatives for their input.
As an update on ICHA’s Chaplaincy Education Program with the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC), ICHA continues to register participants. To date, 151 persons registered for the course; 90 have completed it.
ICHA FINANCES
ICHA continues to operate under a balanced budget. ICHA recently developed their FY 15-16 budget which was recommended unanimously by the Finance Committee and approved by the Board on March 27th. Invoices for the FY 15-16 dues were sent out on July 1st. Follow up notices went out in early September for those few who have not yet paid their dues. ICHA is proud to announce two new members, Mercy Hospital in Chicago and Loyola University’s Institute of Pastoral Studies.
ICHA finalized its financial compilation (in place of an annual fiscal audit) and distributed it to the Finance Committee and the Board of Directors. The review was done by the firm Hochfelder & Weber.
CONCLUSION
Thank you for all you do on behalf of the ministry. We continue to look for better ways to serve you and are always open to new ideas. If ICHA may assist you in any way, please contact me anytime at pcacchione@il-cha.org.

We look forward to welcoming you to ICHA’s Annual Meeting on October 22nd!