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Our Catholic health ministry

Many hospitals in our network will continue the legacy of faith-based healthcare.

What is Catholic health care and how does it continue within Intermountain Health?

SCL Health is now part of the Intermountain family, but you can take comfort in knowing that our Catholic entities will retain their distinctive names and continue as a Catholic health ministry, operating in accordance with the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services.
Our Catholic entities are guided by the fundamental belief that all life, from conception to the moment of natural death, is profoundly sacred and must be treated with awe, respect, and dignity.
We believe in treating the whole person, meaning the care we offer is not limited to the treatment of disease or bodily ailment but embraces the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual dimensions of the human person. We understand it is vital to offer spiritual care services and healthcare that respects and honors religious beliefs and practice.
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Care sites operating under Ethical & Religious Directives

Note: Data reflects information from our most current annual report to the community.

Catholic hospitals operating under Catholic Ethical and Religious Directives

St. Mary's Medical Center

Grand Junction, CO

Saint Joseph Hospital

Denver, CO

Holy Rosary Healthcare

Miles City, MT

St. James Healthcare

Butte, MT

St. Vincent Healthcare

Billings, MT

All affiliated clinics

Mount Saint Vincent

Denver, CO

Non-Catholic hospitals operating under Ethical and Religious Directives

Good Samaritan Medical Center

Lafayette, CO

Lutheran Medical Center

Wheat Ridge, CO

What are the Ethical and Religious Directives?

The Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services, often called the ERDs or the Directives, reinforce the commitment to continue the ministry to serve the sick and, offer moral guidance on various aspects of healthcare delivery. The Directives can be found on the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Core commitments of Catholic health care

Catholic healthcare is guided by seven core commitments:

1. Promote and defend human dignity

Every human person reflects the image of God and has inherent worth. We are called to respect, protect, love, and serve every human life.

2. Attend to the whole person

Each person is a unity of body, mind, and spirit. As a community of healing and compassion, the care offered is not limited to the treatment of disease or bodily ailment but embraces the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual dimensions of the human person.

3. Care for poor and vulnerable persons

We give particular attention to the health care needs of the poor, the uninsured, the underinsured, and those on the margins of society. We advocate and work towards a health care delivery system that provides adequate health care for the poor.

4. Promote the common good

Catholic healthcare services are meant for the entire community. The common good recognizes that our well-being is integrally tied to the well-being of other people, our community, and the environment.

5. Act on behalf of justice

Acting on behalf of justice is about ensuring that everyone has what he or she needs to flourish. A just health care system works to promote equity of care, advancing access to basic health care for individuals and improving the health of communities.

6. To exercise responsible stewardship

A Catholic healthcare ministry exercises responsible stewardship of available healthcare resources. We are called to be innovative with our finite resources so that those resources can best serve our communities.

7. Serve as a ministry of the Catholic Church

Following in the legacy and tradition of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, our Catholic care sites continue the healing ministry of Jesus. As a ministry of the Catholic Church, the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services (ERDs) help us navigate the health care decisions we make in very complex circumstances.

Catholic care senior leadership

Jacob Harrison

Chief Catholic Mission Officer

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Jacob Harrison serves as the Chief Catholic Mission Officer for Intermountain Health. In this role, he partners with leaders to advance, align and integrate clinical and operational strategies with Intermountain’s mission and values. He honors the legacy of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth and partners with Leaven Ministries, the Ministerial Juridic Person over our Catholic entities, to uphold the Catholic identity and Catholic health ministry within the organization’s Catholic entities.

As the senior leader for the Mission Integration team, Jacob and his team support leaders and caregivers in connecting to the meaning and purpose in their work. They support clinical ethics, ministry formation, mission integration, spiritual care, alignment with Community Health, and ongoing relationship support with the Catholic Church.

Jacob holds an M.A. in Theology from the Aquinas Institute of Theology and an M.A. in Healthcare Ethics from Saint Louis University. Before joining Intermountain Health, Jacob held positions in ministry formation with Ascension and in ethics with Mercy St. Louis.