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Updated January 2017
CHA advances the Catholic health ministry of the United States in caring for people and communities. Comprised of more than 600 hospitals and 1,400 long-term care and other health facilities in all 50 states, the Catholic health ministry is the largest group of nonprofit health care providers in the nation. Every day, one in six patients in the U.S. is cared for in a Catholic hospital.
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Catholic Health Association to Senate: Pass Critical Gun Safety Measures
Statement from Sister Carol Keehan, DC, President & Chief Executive Officer, Catholic Health Association:
(June 17, 2016) We urge the Senate to protect our nation’s communities by approving critical gun safety measures currently under consideration. Amendment 4720 by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) would prevent suspected or known terrorists from obtaining guns, and Amendment 4750—offered by Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.)—would require comprehensive background checks for all gun purchases including those made at gun shows and online. These lifesaving amendments are being considered as part of the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations bill (H.R. 2578), and should be approved to protect our nation from those who mean to do harm.
Assault rifles like those used in Orlando have no place off the battlefield, and no gun should be available to a criminal or terrorist. Like other health care providers, Catholic hospitals treat gunshot wounds every day—from domestic incidents to large-scale attacks. We fully support efforts to prevent the violence, injury and death these weapons cause. There is no excuse for inaction on these common-sense safety measures.
CHA stands with the people of Orlando in their grief By SR. CAROL KEEHAN, DC
CHA president and chief executive officer
In early June, nearly 800 members and friends of CHA met in Orlando, Fla., for our annual assembly. The people of Orlando were incredibly gracious and supportive of our event and it is so easy to see what a welcoming city Orlando is. We could see and feel that it is a city that specializes in giving people a good time and creating memorable vacations.
Then, less than a week later, we learned of the horror of the attack that killed so many wonderful people in Orlando. This horrible act of violence with assault weapons in a targeted attack filled with hate towards individuals has shaken our nation and certainly those of us who just left the warm, wonderful hospitality of this great city.
Our hearts and prayers go out to all the victims and their families. We thank and honor the many heroes, those inside the club who did so many heroic things to protect themselves and others from the shooter, the law enforcement and first responders who clearly did a magnificent job in the most challenging mass shooting our country has ever known. We in a special way feel a kinship with the health care community there that has performed so admirably and continues to fight to save the lives of those injured and to help their families as well.
We promise our prayers for them in the quest for healing both the seen and hidden wounds and in the search for the truth behind this horrible crime.
To our brothers and sisters in the LGBT community, we extend a special promise of prayer and support. You deserve the same respect and safety each American deserves.
May God help us to use this tragedy to recommit ourselves in our quest for a more just and peaceful United States.