Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System

It doesn’t pay to mess with nuns.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association seems to think Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System (SCL Health) is infringing its trademark.

The faith-based health provider has used the cross symbol to denote its Christian heritage for decades.

Since 1976, its trademark has consisted of a heart superimposed on a cross. In 2014, it updated the logo to include a splash of blue and duly filed an application with the Patent and Trademark Office.

Mike Sherry / Heartland Health Monitor

Former employees of two Kansas City-area hospitals who claimed they weren’t paid promised separation benefits after the hospitals were sold to Prime Healthcare Services have agreed to settle their class action lawsuit.

The proposed $550,000 settlement, if approved by the court, would end a case brought by 49 former workers of Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas, and Saint John Hospital in Leavenworth, Kansas.

Providence Medical Center, in Kansas City, and St. John Hospital, in Leavenworth, are now among the two dozen hospitals owned by Prime Healthcare—a for-profit company based in California.