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Page2-July 11; 1998 ARKANSAS @ CATHOLIC Founded In 1911 JmY II, 1998 FOR Father Wlldred Okorochukwu CELEBRANT wlde 6 a.m. Sunday, kTHV, Channel 11 Pull ld Coumy ( 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Cable Channel 18 Ihtes llle 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Cable Channel 1 FayettevUle 9 p.m. Sunday, Cable Channel 8 Naslwille 6 a.m., noon, Sunday, glEE Channel 23 NEXT ISSUEJ ,J ................. Erik Pohlmeler to be ordained July 25 at St. Benedict Church in Sublaco. , BISHOP'S Saturday, July I I 50th anniversaw celebration, Sister Georgia Felderhoff, Holy Angels, Jonesboro Sunday, July 12 In town Monday, July 13 in office Tuesday, July 14 In office Wednesday, July 15 In office Thursday, Jury 16 Out of office Friday, July 17 Out of office YOU In 1946, Mother Frances Xavier Cabdni was the first American saint to be canonized. She is the patron of immigrants. In 1975, Elizabeth Ann Seton is the first American-born saint to be canonized. She pioneered the Amedcan parochial school system. Arkansas Catholic welcomes sub- missions of news artides, columns and obituaries. The deadline is noon Wednesday, 10 business days be- fore publication. Advertising dead- line is noon Fdday, eight business days before publication. To subsaibe, cab (501) 664-0125. RIIffi4SlEI - Most Rev. Andrew J. McDonald, Bishop MANA(~NG EDITOII ............. Daniel C. Straessle EIXII~t .............................. Nlalea W~Ims IPIIODUCIION MANAGER ......... Nancy C. Moore CIItCUl.ATION I~UqAGf.~II ......... Angela M. Hess CONSULTANT ........... Rev. Francis I. Malone, JCL Ankan~ Cathoflc (LISPS 853-320 ISSN 1057-8439) Is published weekly (except the first Saturday In Jan., July and Aug., and the last Saturday In Dec. ), by the Catholic Diocese of Llttte R~uck, A~ Catho//c, Inc., P.O. Box 7417, Utile Rock. AR 72217-7417. Buslne~ hours ate 8:30 - 5. Nlo~day-Fdday, except for of- flees are located In Morris Hall, St. John Catholk: Center, Z500 N. Tyler St., 72207, Phone numbers am (501) (~4- 0340 or (501) 664-0125; Fax (501) 664-9075. An annual subscription Is $ I 5. Pedocllcals postage paid at Little Rock, Ark. Posemas- ten Send cha~ges of address arid ~ of label to: Arkansas Catho/Ic, P.O. Box 7417, Little Pock, AR 72217-7417. Address Service Requested. Catholic hospitals By Madlyn Lanford ROGERS CORRESPONDENT ROGERS -- Catholic hospitals in Ar- kansas continue to claim they are grap- pling with stringent regulations and re- quirements from managed care insur- ance companies. Here, secular reality and Catholic doctrine collide as these same companies determine which medi- cal facilities can function as a partici- pant in their network of providers and what services each participant should offer. - ARKANSAS ct,VCATHOLlC making changes to accommOdate HMos -co non-Catholic entities. In Rogers, that ef- 'q hese controls are put into the i'-e- a [ fort is a joint venture• Regardless of the lationship in order to define the dis, 9 [ arrangement, the intention of these re- tance between the hospital and Au lationships is to provide patient services Rogers Women's Center that alloWS Ma required by managed care companies, the hospital to continue as a viable .sit such as tubal ligations, while remaining ministry in Northwest ArkansaS, within the boundaries of Church doc- Meeker said. tea trine. Arfiong the anxious questions fromset Stating that in the Catholic commit- parishioners, one young mother in.- tit ment to the poor, health, like educa- quired, "Why are the Catholic hosp " Ser tion, is considered a basic right, Sister tals being subjected to this kind ofre " Chabanal offered that according to the mentation? Why can t we put this 0n teachings of the Church, health is a the backs of the HMOs and the insur" • )" basic need, therefore a basic right, ance compames. The problem for Catholic health care "How can Catholic hospitals survive fi- systems is how to address the health care nancially and still preserve their min- services that will meet growing needs of istry in the local community?" she the area served and still maintain the asked. values that guide and define Catholic Using the "Ethical and Religious Di- health care. rective for Catholic Health Services," In Rogers, administrators for St. Mary published by the National Conference Hospital have been striving to meet the of Catholic Bishops as a guide for the requirements of these managed careparish discussion, Meeker pointed out companies. Among the changes recently health care's intense commitment to the set forth in these efforts was a contrac- Church's ministry as part of the Good tual agreement between St. Mary Hos- News. pital and Rogers Women's Center to es- 'q here must be material cooperation tablish a separate entity to serve the in such partnerships because our Church health care needs of women in this corn- is not a ghetto institution," he said. "Un- munity, like the Amish communities who don't On Tuesday, June 30, a meeting wasrun relief agencies, schools and health held at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in care systems, we are a Church in the Rogers to outline this initiative for the world and we must be true to our values Catholic community. Among those inby giving guidance for the sake of the attendance were parishioners from both common good. The Catholic Church St. Vincent de Paul and St. Stephen needs to be involved as part of its mis- Parish in Bentonville. sion." Speaking on behalf of the new joint- The oudine of the actual contractual venture operation were two ethicists, Sis- agreement removes all obstetric services ter Chabanal Finnegan of the Sisters of from St. Mary Hospital and enters into a Mercy Health System in St. Louis and partnership with Rogers Women's Cen- Tobias Meeker of St. John Hospital in ter as a separate entity to provide these Springfield, Mo. services. In her opening remarks, Sister As a result, the Rogers Women's Cen- Chabanal stressed the situation in which ter will be responsible for daily opera- Catholic hospitals claim they find them- dons such as billing. If a woman requires selves today, the services of the hospital proper, she "Changes have happened very rapidly would be discharged from the center in this country and those who deliver and admitted to the hospital. good health care are being impacted by In other terms of this agreement, such these policies," she said. "To many services as abortions, in vitro fertilization people, managed care is a bad word. and surrogate mothering would not be But health care expenses in this coun- permitted• Any new services added to the try are out of control and as a nation Center's agenda must have the approval we have to decrease the amount of 6f the hospital in order to comply with dollars put into health care --- dollars the ethical and religious directives. Ster- that are needed for education and in- ilization will be permitted. frastructure of this country." Also included in the agreement are In an effort to provide services they stipulations that Rogers Women's Cen- say are required by managed care com- ter will provide pastoral care as well as panies, Catholic hospitals have been es- charity care and maintain a just rela- tablishing relationships with separate, tionship with its employees. Father Richard Oswald, pastor of St. Vincent de Paul, reassured the audi" ence that the bishops and ethicists have worked to put together an agreement that fits within the moral teachings 0t the Church. J Revelation A small group discusses the Book of Revelation during Little Rock Scripture Study's Bible Institute at St. John Catholic Center in Little Rock. More than 145 from the United States attended the nintlt annual weekend June 26-28. The speaker was Father Christophert Schreck, professor of Scripture St. Charles Borromeo Seminary neau Philadelphia and a friend of BishOP Andrew J. McDonald. This year'S theme was "The Apocalypse John: Reading the Book of Revela, tion at the Turn of the Mille J I I | I I ESTATE PLANNING I PROBATE I WILLS & TRUSTS ASSET PROTECTION BUSINESS START-UPS CORPORATIONS & LLCs MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS (50/1 1O2O1 g, Jim Riedmueller, RD. Doctor of Pharmacy Health - Care Pharmacy # 1 0 Hospital Dr. Morrilton, AR 72110 501 / 354-1460 :lP nte fillnoe