A church should run the hospital if the hospital was built after the formation of the church monitored by the church board. However, the managers of the church and the hospital should decide on the leader depending on their agreement.
No, they shouldn't, medical professionals should run hospitals. I don't want nuns or priests or whoever... operating on me, I want a surgeon! =O There is a "religious hospital" nearby, but I haven't noticed any difference between that hospital & another very good "teaching hospital" in my area. Doctors & qualified administrators should run hospitals, not churches. :)
Why not? Most hospitls were begun by religious organizations. There are two in my small city and both were started by religious concerns. One let all that go decades back but the catholic hospital remained in catholic control until just very recently. If a church starts a hospital why should the not then run it? As for services held in hispitals, they are totally voluntary. No one is forced to go but religious people use hospitals too and chapels are usually non-denominational so any religion can use them and non-religious are free to ignore them
My only problem with church run hospitals involves funding and services provided.
Many church hospitals deny services such as abortion (many even when the life of the woman is threatened) and contraception (even when taken for medical reasons as 25% of pill users do). Now, a hospital should not be able to deny a medical procedure when it is medically necessary- those women who need medical pregnancy terminations and medical contraception (say, for ovarian cysts) should not be denied due to religious beliefs. Particularly since these hospitals are FOR PROFIT- this means they do not qualify under federal law for exemptions as religious institutions. They also take Medicaid and Medicare- federal programs. When you as an institution receive money from the government you are supposed to adhere to federal standards on non-discrimination and the like. Denying medical services for religious reasons falls under that.
If they stop taking government money, and realize their for profit status means they do not get to bar services based in religious beliefs, I wouldn't care who runs the hospital.