"Mercy Regional Medical Center is run by Catholic Health Initiatives, a system of 77 “faith-based” hospitals and other health care facilities in 20 states. It is the second-largest Catholic health care system in the US. It is a member of the Catholic Health Association, and so of course joined in lobbying for the passage of Obamacare (we have a petition to the CHA with over 80,000 signatures so far – sign that HERE).
Interestingly, the hospital promises to “provide care that is consistent with these directives as permitted by law and the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services.”
To have this man on staff is in gross violation of these principles of Catholic health care.
Update 1 – this is an email people are receiving from David Bruzzese:
“Please understand that Dr. Grossman is not employed by Mercy Regional Medical Center (MRMC), nor does he receive any compensation from the hospital. He is, however, a member of our Medical Staff. Mercy Regional Medical Center ’s physician credentialing and privileging practices are consistent with the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services – including Directive #5.
[A second reader writes] Here is Directive #5:
“Catholic health care services must adopt these Directives as policy, require adherence to them within the institution as a condition for medical privileges and employment, and provide appropriate instruction regarding the Directives for administration, medical and nursing staff, and other personnel.”
I would appreciate if someone with legal experience could comment on the situation. If the hospital cannot legally fire Dr. Grossman we need to review our ethical directives and legal arguments because, as it stands, there is a clear cause for scandal in allowing an abortionist to be on the medical staff of a Catholic hospital. I would especially like to hear from anyone who knows of a Catholic hospital that managed to remove someone in a similar situation. I wonder also if Mercy Regional Medical Center has acknowledged or apologized for the scandal caused by their involvement with Dr. Grossman.
Please read on for my response to Medical Directive #5 … Medical Directive #45.
In the meantime, I would encourage you to continue the good moral witness of contacting the hospital over your concern. Thank you to everyone who has already sent emails. Feel free to continue the conversation with anyone who contacts you from the hospital, and forward anything illuminating to me.
Update 2 – David Bruzzese responds directly in my comment box [my responses in brackets]:
Certain inaccuracies related to this issue have been perpetrated on various web sites and in e-mails and press releases. Following are the facts:
- Abortions are not performed at Mercy Regional Medical Center. [I did not make this claim.]
- Dr. Richard Grossman is not employed by Mercy Regional Medical Center. [I believe this is an issue of semantics, as Dr. Grossman is a member of the medical staff. Does MRMC have no control over who is on staff?]
- Dr. Grossman receives no monetary compensation from Mercy Regional Medical Center. [I did not make this claim.]
- Dr. Grossman is a member of the medical staff at Mercy Regional Medical Center. Being a member of the hospital’s medical staff does not constitute employment. [Again, does that mean MRMC has no control over who is on staff? Are there no grounds for being dismissed? Has any doctor ever been dismissed from MRMC staff?]
- Mercy Regional Medical Center’s physician credentialing and privileging practices are consistent with the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services – including Directive #5. [My response to this is below...]
MRMC claims to be in compliance with the USCCB’s Ethical and Religious Directives. But what about Directive #45? It states (underlining mine):
“…Catholic health care institutions are not to provide abortion services, even based upon the principle of material cooperation. In this context, Catholic health care institutions need to be concerned about the danger of scandal in any association with abortion providers.“
Dr. Grossman is an abortion provider, and works with Planned Parenthood, the #1 abortion provider in America. Has MRMC done anything to register to the public (and its patients) their concern for the danger of scandal caused by Dr. Grossman being a member of their medical staff?"Thomas Peters of American Papist (Catholic; Independent [part of Catholic Vote Action]; Conservative; pro-life)10 / 08 | August / 2010
SACNS editor Marc Aupiais sent the following media request to Mr David Bruzzese, who represents the hospital [excerpt]:
"Dear David Bruzzese
I have read of your hospital's reported employment of Dr. Grossman in media, and of his alleged: blog, abortions and pushing of contraception.
I would like an explanation of how a hospital which seemingly claims to: provide mercy and adhere to Catholic ethics- should justify this."Marc Aupiais (Catholic; Independent; South African)
Mr David Bruzzese, may be contacted at:
He does appear to be the appropriate individual to approach with media requests, or to comment of his hospital's retaining of an abortionist.