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Diocese of Phoenix Statement on the Current Status of Mercy Gilbert Medical Center — a Dignity Health Hospital

PHOENIX (Oct. 18, 2012) — The Diocese of Phoenix issued the following statement today regarding Mercy Gilbert Medical Center:

On January 23, 2012, the parent company of Mercy Gilbert Hospital was reorganized from being a Catholic corporation (Catholic Healthcare West) to being a secular one (Dignity Health). In light of this change, Mercy Gilbert was asked by Bishop Olmsted to renew their official recognition as a Catholic institution in the Diocese of Phoenix.

While discussion has been ongoing, to this point Mercy Gilbert has not yet fulfilled the criteria for this renewal. Thus, Bishop Olmsted has a duty to the Catholic faithful to inform them that he cannot state with moral certitude that Mercy Gilbert Hospital provides Catholic health care which is in full conformity with the teaching of the Church. It is, however, his hope that Mercy Gilbert will successfully complete the renewal process, at which time Bishop Olmsted will grant his recognition of their Catholic identity.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix was established Dec. 2, 1969, by Pope Paul VI. Led by The Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted, more than 820,000 Catholics call this diverse, vibrant and faith-filled diocese their home.

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