During the second quarter of 2018, ICHA’s Executive Director continued his travels throughout the state, meeting personally with Sponsors, Bishops, Board members and CEOs.
In April, ICHA held its first Board meeting using Skype for Business. Also, ICHA’s Executive Director participated in an organizing meeting for the Unrepresented Patients Project for Illinois (UPPI).
In May, ICHA hosted a meeting of the Mission Leaders on May 16th at the Presence Health offices in Mokena, IL. The speakers included Brian Smith, Senior Director, Mission, Integration/Leadership Formation for the Catholic Health Association, who presented on Ministry Identity Assessment and Ministry Succession Planning. Steve Mattern, Vice President, Mission Services, OSF Healthcare System, presented on Evangelization (vs. Proselytization) as Catholic Health Care: Current Self Understanding.
In June, ICHA hosted a meeting of the Ethicists/Healthcare Vicars on June 21st at the Presence Health offices in Mokena, IL. Speakers included Jim Geoly, Attorney with Burke, Warren, Mackay & Serritella, who provided a legal update on the Conscience Act, Contraception Mandate, Ministerial Positions and the Supreme Courts recent ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. David Ozar, Department of Philosophy, Loyola University, presented on Unrepresented Patients Project for Illinois (UPPI). Dr. Ozar requested that ICHA provide one or two representatives to serve on UPPI’s Steering Committee. Amy Martin and Rebecca Davis Mathias, have agreed to represent ICHA in this capacity. Finally, John Bouman, Executive Director, Shriver Center on Poverty, who presented on Support for Undocumented Immigrants. ICHA has agreed to work with the Shriver Center to seek legislation in Illinois that would provide health insurance to undocumented adults (currently, the State covers undocumented children).
2018 UPCOMING MEETINGS
ICHA’s Annual Meeting will be held at the Union League Club in Chicago on Thursday, November 8, 2018. The Keynote Speaker will be Lawrence O’Connell, Ministry Leadership Council. Other presenters will be Theresa Lysaught, Loyola University and Msgr. Mark Merdian.
At both the State and Federal level, legislative activity concerning health care issues has been minimal. This is mainly due to the failure of the Congress’ inability to reform the Affordable Care Act last year and upcoming November elections for Congress and State legislators. However, ICHA did encourage its member to contact their AMA physicians to maintain the organization’s opposition to physician assisted suicide (PAS). The AMA eventually sent it back to committee for further review. Additionally, on June 26th, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that California may not require crisis pregnancy centers to supply women with information concerning abortion due to free speech protections. Justice Thomas wrote, “The First Amendment prohibits the government from forcing the centers, which oppose abortion on religious grounds, to post notices at odds with their beliefs.” This ruling may have a direct impact on Illinois’ law that requires Catholic health institution to provide information to patients who request objectionable procedures (SB 1564).
As an update on ICHA’s Chaplaincy Education Program with the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC), ICHA continues to register participants. To date, 202 persons registered for the course; 110 have completed it.
ICHA continues to operate under a balanced budget. ICHA recently developed their FY 18-19 budget which was recommend unanimously by the Finance Committee and approved by the Board on January 24th. There will be no dues increase for the upcoming fiscal year. Invoices for the FY 18-19 dues will go out on July 1st.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org