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Texas Episcopal Hospitals sold to Catholic system

Texas Episcopal Hospitals sold to Catholic system

The Episcopal Diocese of Texas has approved the transfer of St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System to Catholic Health Initiatives, according to a report in Woodlands online:

As part of the transfer of St. Luke’s, CHI will contribute more than $1 billion to create a new Episcopal Health Foundation, which will focus on the unmet health needs of the area’s underserved population. In addition, CHI has committed an additional $1 billion for future investment in the health system. The Right Reverend C. Andrew Doyle, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, said in announcing the decision, “We are humbled to be able to preserve the legacy of St. Luke’s, while also expanding the Diocesan commitment to health care.”

While this decision means the Episcopal Diocese of Texas will no longer provide acute care, the Diocese remains committed to its health care mission through the new Episcopal Health Foundation. “This new Foundation will address a widening gap in healthcare throughout our 57-county area,” Bishop Doyle said. “There is a care vacuum that must be addressed, including access to health care, prevention, community and environmental health, poverty, education and health disparities,” he said, adding, “This direction reflects the initial vision of Bishops Quin and Hines in founding St. Luke’s. They called upon ‘all the mountain-moving powers of faith and prayer and human skill which can be brought to bear on individuals in need.’”

Bishop Doyle, in answer to a question on Twitter about women’s health needs being met by a Roman Catholic system, replied:

C. Andrew Doyle ?@TexasBishop 20 Apr “we transferred that to Texas Women’s pavilion some time ago.”


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Jim Pratt


I do note the TWP web site has extensive information on genetic counseling and pre-natal testing and fetal diagnostics. I would expect any such services to include the option of terminating the pregnancy.

For comparison, I looked at the web site of the Brigham & Womens Hospital in Boston, and while “abortion” turned up in research papers and academic articles, there’s no mention of it in patient services sections of the site.

As to the new foundation, if it can deliver health care to underserved areas (where people usually are stuck having to go to hospital ERs, facing long lines, and being given sub-standard care because they have no money), it may serve the community better than a hospital. Let’s hope the diocese has some vision and the will to accomplish it.


JC, I wouldn’t automatically conclude from your search that termination of a pregnancy doesn’t or can’t happen at Texas Womens Pavilion. It may be that by policy it can’t. It may be that it can, but with clear determination of medical need. It may be that physicians on staff may do early terminations outpatient, but not in the hospital itself. All of these things will be subject to the legal limitations set by the Texas government.

What I would suggest, though (and this is understandable but perhaps regretable), is that it seems unlikely that a facility in Texas is going to have the word “abortion” link from its web site. Administrators and physicians are quite cautious about public image and public attention. Many perhaps would appreciate that there are circumstances when terminating a pregnancy is necessary, and so to be done as compassionately as possible. Very few would want to be *known* for providing the service.

Marshall Scott


Searching the site you provided, Andrew:

“Your search for ‘abortion’ return 0 results”


Any “Women’s Pavilion” medical facility which doesn’t provide the necessary (and therefore, neccesarily blessed) medical service of abortion, is a FRAUD.

JC Fisher


There are fewer and fewer Episcopal hospitals or health systems, and Saint Luke’s Episcopal Health System was arguably the largest (their Director and I argued about that often). I’m sorry the Diocese made this decision. However, I’m somewhat relieved that the sale was to a Catholic system instead of a for-profit system.

Marshall Scott

John B. Chilton

The lower case pavilion throws you off. But as Gerns above points to you can google Texas Women’s Pavilion and find its weblink easily. It’s childrens and ob/gyn. As far as I can tell TWP has no Catholic affiliation.

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