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For the final quarter of 2018, ICHA’s Executive Director continued to meet individually with leadership and preparing to respond to future challenges to Catholic healthcare in Illinois. These challenges include the possibility of efforts to legalize physician assisted suicide (PAS) and recreational marijuana, violence in our institutions and protections for legal and undocumented immigrants.

ICHA’s Executive Director’s travels and meetings over the last three months were as follows:

In October 17th, the Executive Director attended Springfield Diocese’s White Mass with Bishop Paprocki. On October 25th and 26th, the Executive Director attended CHA’s Legislative Conference in Washington, DC and on October 28th he attended Joliet Diocese’s White Mass with Bishop Conlon. On October 29th the Executive Director meet with Holy Cross’ Dennis Ryan and CCI’s Bob Gilligan to discuss a response to the Public Charge proposed rule.

ICHA’s Annual Meeting was held on Thursday, November 8th. The theme of this year’s Annual Meeting is the role of the laity in Catholic healthcare. The keynote address was be given by Dr. Laurence O’Connell. Dr. O’Connell is executive director of the Ministry Leadership Center in Roseville, CA. Additional speakers were Dr. Therese Lysaught, from Loyola University Chicago, and Msgr. Mark Merdian, Healthcare Vicar, Peoria Diocese.  Dr. Lysaught presented on “Living Instruments of the Church’s Mission: Vatican II and the Theology of the Laity”.  Msgr. Merdian addressed “What New Evangelization can offer the Future Apostolate of Catholic Healthcare: Enhanced Leadership Formation of the Laity as Response to their Baptismal Call”.

Approximately 100 persons attended the meeting and the evaluations were overwhelmingly positive.

On December 13th, ICHA’s Executive Director attended CCI’s Board of Director’s meeting in Chicago.

ICHA Board Members for 2019

In the last quarter, by mail-in ballots, the Sponsors approved ICHA’s new Board of Directors and Officers for 2019. They are as follows: Theresa Rutherford (Chair), Bishop Thomas Paprocki (Vice Chair), Br. Thomas Keusenkothen (Finance Chair), Bishop Daniel Jenky, George Block, Msgr. Michael Boland, Megan Brennan, Mark Frey, Sr. Terry Maltby, Dawn Mayer, Msgr. Mark Merdian, Steve Roach, Robert Sehring, Sr. Jomary Trstensky, Sr. Sharon Ann Walsh.


ICHA’s Finance Committee will meet on Tuesday, January 15th. The Board of Directors will meet on Wednesday, January 30th. The spring Board of Directors Meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 3rd.


On the state level, ICHA will be watching closely to see if there is any activity on end of life issues (EOL). On the Federal level, ICHA worked closely with CHA, USCCB and Holy Cross Hospital to get our members to submit comments to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) opposing the Public Charge proposed rule. Comments were due by December 10th.


As an update on ICHA’s Chaplaincy Education Program with the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC), ICHA continues to register participants. To date, 212 persons registered for the course; 115 have completed it.


ICHA continues to operate under a balanced budget and ICHA has collected all of its FY 18-19 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. ICHA’s 990 was also shared with the Finance Committee.


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.