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

February 10, 2012

Feb. 10, 2012 – Lenexa, Kan. – “We are pleased with the announcement issued by the Obama Administration today regarding the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) ruling on women’s preventive health services,” stated Terry Weinburger, Senior Vice President, Mission Integration, SCL Health System. “The changes announced today accommodate faith-based employers such as SCL Health System and protect important religious liberty and conscience rights. We look forward to further dialogue on the guidelines that will come with this compromise so that together we can best meet the health care needs of our associates and their families. We thank the many religious officials and organizations for their unity and responsiveness to this important issue.”

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.