Saturday, November 18, 2006

OSF's International Patient Committee

OSF-Children's Hospital of Illinois has an International Patient Committee. This Committee was organized to screen children from overseas to see who will be accepted by Children's. Paul Kramer, Executive Director of Children's Hosptial, and Joe Piccione, OSF Corporate Ethicist, are 2 members of the Committee. Interestingly, no Sister at OSF and no Catholic priest from the Pastoral Care department is on the International Committee.

Mr. Kramer and Mr. Piccione played big roles directly or indirectly in ending Haitian Hearts at OSF several years ago. Mr. Kramer slowed surgery on a Haitian child that needed surgery.

Doug Marshall, OSF attorney, notified me that OSF will not accept any further Haitian Hearts patients. How can this Committee look at the Haitian Hearts patients who were operated at OSF in Peoria 5 years ago with an objective eye? They can't and at least 6 former patients need to return or they will die like Jackson Jean-Baptiste did.

A biased Committee such as this puts the entire Mission of the Sisters in jeopardy.

Please see forum article in todays Peoria Journal Star.

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