Report: Boston archdiocese may sell off Catholic hospitals

Report: Boston archdiocese may sell off Catholic hospitals

Diocese may shift control of hospitals

A consultant’s report commissioned by the Archdiocese of Boston says the church should consider transferring control of its six hospitals to a national Catholic healthcare chain with more money and expertise, according to sources who were briefed on the report’s contents.

It is unclear whether the report will lead to a sale, merger, or change in affiliation for the Caritas Christi Health Care system, but several large Catholic hospital chains have expressed interest and the archdiocese is seriously studying the possibilities, the sources said. The archdiocese could also opt to continue operating the hospitals independently, they said.

... O’Malley’s advisers have said that the church wants to ensure that Catholic healthcare remains a strong option in the Boston area, and it has all but rejected the notion of selling the hospitals to a for-profit chain or affiliating with a secular hospital system . Sources said those scenarios would likely require the hospitals to abandon their prohibitions on abortions and birth-control procedures.

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Domenico Bettinelli