Catholic health system to become one of VA's largest.
I work for Bon Secours and can say with an insider's perspective that this merger is only the beginning of the growth of Bon Secours across the region. Off the record, there have been attempts the merge with (smallish) secular organizations as well but those seem to have mostly fallen through for now.
I'm not sure how I feel about this. On one hand, they have done a lot for me so I should be happy to see them expand. On the other hand, they follow the Directives set forth by the College of Bishops, directives which are not progressive in the least with regards to women's health and right to die. In theory all of employees (and third party vendors
) are supposed to abide by these directives. In practice, I openly don't. Maybe it's because I am non-clinical but it does not impact my ability to do my job and therefore I don't believe it creates an insurmountable conflict of interest.
How do you all feel about this sort of growth? Mergers of Catholic systems in super-systems, that is. Is this just as bad as merging with secular systems if it overwhelms the community and makes the Catholic system seem like the "best option"?
More on this later, i've got to run to class. Maybe some day I will form a longish, more coherent post about my feelings towards my job and Catholic health care in general.
(fyi, yes, I do work for Bon Secours)