First a little background.
May 2011: Franciscan Skemp becomes more extensively connected to Mayo
"We'll be more extensively connected to Mayo, and the Mayo knowledge and expertise will be just a click away," Johnson said. "Patients will have a much more seamless experience over time."March 2013: Mayo Clinic's Saint Mary's Hospital no longer designated "Catholic health care institution." This is in Rochester at the main site of the Mayo System. It was revoked when Bishop Quinn of Winona, MN found out Mayo insisted on performing abortions on campus.
Franciscan Healthcare will be a secondary name used on signs and in local internal operations.
Dr. Robert Nesse, former Franciscan Skemp president and CEO, is the CEO of the entire Mayo Clinic Health System, which provides services to 70 communities.
He said the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, co-owners and sponsors of the La Crosse-based system, approved the name change.
"Here locally, we are committed to maintaining our Catholic identity," [La Crosse CEO Dr. Timothy] Johnson said. "It is a very big part of who we are."
"We're not going to solve the health care crisis with fragmented care," he said. "In a fully integrated system, you can take care of patients from birth to death."
February 2014: Mayo clinic - not Franciscan Skemp directly - opened a "special procedures" clinic in neighboring Onalaska to do sterilizations and (it is assumed) eventually do abortions. It seemed like Franciscan Skemp might actually be attempting to retain their Catholic and Franciscan identity by sheltering itself from the larger system, but it turns out that is not the case. I'm told that Franciscan Skemp employees were already expected to be operating the building, not Mayo employees. A smokescreen; probably because they figured the bishop would not yank their Catholic status in the process.
Franciscan Skemp and Mayo got the local paper to run a front page pro-abortion article following this announcement on a Sunday in the La Crosse Tribune (and I'm told the Rochester Post Bulletin as well but I could not find it).
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Hi Everyone,They have put together an extensive website with all the details: exposemayo.com
For those of you who don't know, Dr. Rose was my doctor for my most recent pregnancy. The care was so bad, that we suspected he was an abortionist. Dr. Carl Rose (who works at Mayo Clinic in Rochester and comes to La Crosse to work with OB/GYN patients), seemed very callous toward the life of our child. In late January, in an effort to find out the truth about the doctor, I called Mayo Clinic in Rochester and asked if Dr. Rose would provide an abortion. Surprisingly, the doctor's receptionist said that he would, and he has provided abortions. She said that he provides abortions up to 20 weeks plus 6 days and after some questioning she basically said that he will do it for any reason, according to the woman's wishes. This is the doctor who was supposed to take care of me and my baby during my difficult pregnancy!
It was a very disheartening day yesterday(Tuesday). We met with the hospital administrators again, to receive their response to our requests (to sever ties with abortionist, Dr. Rose). Dr. Johnson informed us that they had consulted with the FSPA sisters [DING DING DING!] and other counselors. He then stated that Dr. Rose is a good doctor and he provided good care. They are going to continue having him work with pregnant women at Franciscan Healthcare. And then he[THE CEO] stated that doctors are legally and morally required to provide all options to their patients, including the option of abortion (although they do not perform the abortions at Franciscan). So they have decided to retain ties with the abortionist. [I would ask them to cite their sources, under what legal and moral pretense can they make that statement? There is no legal requirement to offer an abortion to my knowledge. Did the CEO lie? The moral requirement? We assume the FSPA has provided that erroneous judgement]
We had a meeting with Dr. Timothy Johnson, CEO; Mr. Joseph Kruze, Chief Administrative Officer; and Dr. David Rushlow, Chief of Medical Staff. When we met with them two weeks ago, we warned them that we would not back down if they did not sever ties with abortionists. We are now getting the word out that there is an abortionist at Franciscan, and that the OB/Gyn staff is required to "present all options - including abortion". Pregnant women have a right to know - especially at a Catholic hospital. [!!!!!!] (It never occurred to me that my doctor could be an abortionist, when I was at a Catholic hospital!) Today is the first day of the Vigil for Life. And it goes through April 11. Please join in holding up signs on West Avenue, in front of Franciscan Hospital.
A few additional details (you can find the whole story start to finish here): Mayo has several doctors that perform abortions and Dr. Rose tried to push Karen into an abortion because the pregnancy was high risk. That is what qualifies for "Franciscan" healthcare in the eyes of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. Read the full story, it sounds like malpractice; I'm not sure if the Arvidsons are going to follow up with a lawsuit, I think they really just wanted Franciscan to change its policy to allow Catholic families to enjoy the protection of ethical medical protocols. My wife is due within a week, we are paranoid now that some complication will inspire them to recommend an abortion as the "cure." Not only is Franciscan Skemp not a Catholic medical facility, it won't even allow Catholics ethical options when faced with crisis pregnancies!
Today the La Crosse Tribune to their credit did a story on the protests: Anti-abortion protesters picket at Mayo-Franciscan
Franciscan Skemp comments in the story:
“After a comprehensive review process, including a review of the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Healthcare, we are confident that the situation is being handled appropriately from all aspects — morally, medically and legally.
The Arvidsons contend that the doctor told them during a 2012 pregnancy that the baby had a marker for Down syndrome and recommended abortion. The baby, Patrick, did not have Down syndrome, although the 18-month-old has experienced some health challenges, she said.I'll try to post updates on the bottom here. I didn't dive into this too much, but if the FSPA has recommended that abortion options must morally be given, it is grounds for episcopal intervention. This seems like it might blow up into another Bp. Olmsted situation like down in Arizona.
Patrick is doing well, with some developmental delays, said Leif, the executive director of Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in La Crosse.
They want Mayo-Franciscan to sever ties with the doctor, Karen said.
Mayo-Franciscan spokesman Rick Thiesse acknowledged that the Mayo doctor is a consultant in some high-risk cases at Mayo-Franciscan. [And get this:] A representative for Mayo in Rochester did not return calls asking whether the doctor performs abortions there.
Update1[I'm not sure if this website is accurate or not]: To verify whether or not Dr. Carl Rose is an active abortionist, a friend in the pro-life business had me check out LifeScript.com, which posts what doctors perform abortions in Rochester(what the hell, there are 60!), among those listed: Carl H. Rose, MD.
Update2: Local media met with protestors at 2:30PM today (3/13)
Update3: Featured Today on 1410 WIZM
Update4: News 8 Interviews Protesters Today outside of Mayo