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Benedictine Sisters Agree to Drop Catholic Affiliation, Name of Hospital in New York

Kingston, N.Y.-based healthcare system HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley announced the Benedictine Sisters who have controlled Benedictine Hospital, also in Kingston, have agreed to drop the hospital's Catholic affiliation as part of a consolidation effort.

Benedictine Hospital and nearby Kingston Hospital merged in 2007, and HealthAlliance floated a plan in July 2012 to consolidate the two facilities into one campus at the Benedictine site. In September, 40 staff members, including some executives, were laid off.

Under the current agreement, the names of both facilities will be changed to HealthAlliance Hospital: Mary's Avenue Campus and Broadway Campus. According to a HealthAlliance news release, the sisters will still provide pastoral services at the hospital, but the hospital will be unrestricted in reproductive procedures formerly prohibited by Catholic doctrine. HealthAlliance will also help the sisters establish an off-campus residence as part of the agreement.

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