Student or Learner
Why do the Catholic-affiliated hospitals do better, or at least are perceived as financially stronger in so many cases? Maybe there's some point earlier in the history of an ailing "secular" hospital to strengthen itself. But I also think it's a trap to fall into this "religiously-affiliated" / "secular" framework -- it contributes to a sense that the solution has to be the paradigm used by one or the other. Maybe hospitals could be seen as responding to the needs of patients rather than to their own (financial or religious) interests. If their patients ask for the support of the belief system of the affiliated institution as well as for medical care, I can see providing it, but if not, I don't see how holding oneself out as providing medical care means proselytizing. Respecting the patient means allowing the patient to have a different belief system. If the hospital has doctors able and willing to perform the medical care, then I don't think the administration has a place in vetoing that if it wants to say it is putting the needs of patients before its own.
that refers back to allowing the patient to have a different belief system.