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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Franciscan St. Francis Health responds to Supreme Court decision on health care legislation

June 28, 2012

Today’s Supreme Court decision regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is landmark.

While significant, this ruling does not alter the steadfast goals of Franciscan St. Francis Health, which focus on quality treatments and safety for our patients, providing more access to affordable medical care, and finding new ways to operate our hospitals more efficiently.

Certainly, we will continue to work with and encourage policymakers to reform our nation’s overall health care delivery system, particularly in reducing the number of uninsured and underserved. In the end, virtually every segment of our society pays in some way for those who cannot afford health care.

We treat all patients seeking care at our hospitals in Indianapolis, Mooresville and Carmel, regardless of their ability to pay. That has been our mission for nearly a century and will continue to guide Franciscan St. Francis Health.

If nothing else, in the two years since the passage of PPACA, it has forced our entire nation – from Capitol Hill to Main Street – to enter into a critical conversation about the future of health care delivery and affordability. This dialogue must continue and lead to lasting solutions.

Robert J. Brody
President & Chief Executive Officer
Franciscan St. Francis Health

Franciscan St. Francis Health is a member of Franciscan Alliance, which has 14 hospitals in Indiana and Illinois. Franciscan Alliance provides care for more than 2.9 million outpatient visits and more than  100,000 inpatient discharges every year with the most effective medical treatments and innovative technology. Franciscan Alliance, one of the largest Catholic health care systems in the Midwest, employs 18,200 co-workers and has more than 3,300 affiliated physicians – both primary care and specialists – serving nearly 4 million people in the system’s service areas. To learn more about Franciscan Alliance and Franciscan St. Francis Health, go to and