Man has the right to live. He has the right to bodily integrity and to the means necessary for the proper development of life, particularly food, clothing, shelter, medical care, rest, and, finally, the necessary social services. … he has the right to be looked after in the event of ill health; disability stemming from his work; widowhood; old age; enforced unemployment; or whenever through no fault of his own he is deprived of the means of livelihood. - Pope John XXII
For a number of years, the Bishops of the United States have supported efforts to increase access to health care for all Americans, regardless of financial means.
St. Joseph Health Services of Rhode Island
The Diocese of Providence established St. Joseph Hospital in 1892 to serve as the principal extension of the Church’s healing ministry. Through the years, the external appearance of the hospital has changed dramatically, but its primary commitment remains firm: compassionate, professional health care infused with the fullest respect for the individual dignity of each patient. More at
Our Lady of Fatima Hospital
A 226-bed facility recognized as one of the finest community, acute-care hospitals in New England. Its medical staff of more than 300 community-based primary care and specialty physicians offer a complete array of inpatient, acute care services including pediatrics, medical/surgical, and numerous sub-specialties. Also offers outpatient diagnostic, rehabilitation and wellness services. Our Lady of Fatima’s Critical Care Pavilion offers sophisticated monitoring and technology support for seriously ill patients. The Ambulatory Care Center provides outpatient surgery services including laser technology and an endoscopy center. The Emergency Department treats approximately 40,000 patients annually. The St. Joseph School of Nursing is also located at Our Lady of Fatima. More at