Seton, Life Center collaborate to develop Culture of Life

By Catholic Spirit Staff

Seton Clinical Enterprise, an operating division of the Seton Healthcare Family, and The John Paul II Life Center will collaborate in providing effective and efficient holistic health care services in the Catholic tradition.

"The collaboration focuses on the delivery of quality health care services to people of all socio-economic groups, with a special concern for the poor and vulnerable and a respect and compassion for the dignity of human life," said Mark Hazelwood, president of Seton Clinical Enterprise.

"Patients served by our collaboration can expect care that values protection of human life from its very beginning and the dignity of the person with a profound regard for the covenant of marriage and for the family," said Tim Von Dohlen, president and co-founder of The John Paul II Life Center.

The John Paul II Life Center offers patients Natural Procreative Technology (NaProTechnology) — effective medical treatment based on women’s natural cycle for the underlying causes of women’s gynecologic health issues that may result in infertility.

The Vitae Clinic, a part of The John Paul II Life Center, offers NaProTechnology through the services of Dr. Jeremy Kalamarides.

"We are very excited about this joint effort and look forward to maximizing our collaboration and taking this model across America to develop culture of life medical centers offering NaPro Technology," Von Dohlen said.

Founded in 2010, The John Paul II Life Center, a nonprofit organization, leads the way in creating a Culture of Life in Central Texas. Inspired by Blessed John Paul II’s teaching on the sanctity of life, the center serves women and families of all faiths and backgrounds. Its three-fold mission is to operate The Vitae Clinic, an OB/GYN medical practice offering NaProTechnology; promote life by offering 3D/4D sonograms to mothers facing unexpected pregnancies; and provide education about chastity, fertility care and religious freedom.

Seton operates more than 90 clinical locations including four comprehensive adult medical centers, a world class pediatric medical center, two community hospitals, three rural hospitals, an inpatient mental health hospital, three primary care clinics for the uninsured and several strategically located health facilities. Seton is a member of Ascension Health, the nation’s largest not-for-profit health network. For more information, visit

Bishop Joe Vásquez and St. Gianna Physician Guild President Thomas McKenna will conduct an enshrinement of a St. Gianna relic at The Vitae Clinic in Austin on April 16 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. The event will include a blessing by Bishop Vásquez, a brief presentation about the life of St. Gianna and breakfast. The program is designed for physicians and health care workers. Reservations are required and may be made by contacting the executive director of The JPII Life Center, Kimberly Speirs, at (512) 407-2900 or

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