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SCL Health System Responds to HHS Ruling on Women’s Preventive Services Mandate

February 06, 2012

Feb. 6, 2012 – Lenexa, Kan. – “We are disappointed by the final ruling of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to require employers to provide benefits to its employees that include prescription contraceptives and sterilization procedures,” stated Terry Weinburger, Senior Vice President, Mission Integration, SCL Health System. “The ruling does not make an exception for all religious institutions, even though such procedures are not aligned with our values.”

Weinburger continued:  “It is important for us to clarify that this ruling does not impact any of the services or treatments offered by our care sites.

“We will continue to express our point of view with our bishops, legislative representatives and health care partners so they understand our concerns about the challenges that this ruling brings.”

About SCL Health System

SCL Health System (SCLHS) is a faith-based, not-for-profit health care organization that operates 11 hospitals, four safety net clinics, one youth residence and more than 100 ambulatory service centers in four states – California, Colorado, Kansas and Montana. Based in Lenexa, Kan., the $2.7 billion health network is dedicated to improving the health of the communities and individuals it serves, especially those who are poor or vulnerable. On an annual basis, SCLHS regularly provides more than $200 million in community benefit, including services for the poor, health screenings, educational programs, community donations and research. SCLHS was founded by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth (SCLs), who opened their first hospital in 1864. In 2011, the sisters transferred sponsorship of SCL Health System to Leaven Ministries. For more information, visit www.sclhealthsystem.org.