CHA President and Chief Executive Officer Sr. Carol Keehan, DC, told Catholic health care leaders gathered for the 2013 Catholic Health Assembly at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel that she'd like to be able to tell them "job well done" on health care reform and encourage them to take a breather.
Sr. Helen Amos, RSM, opened the 2013 Catholic Health Assembly on June 2 with a scene-setting keynote address, urging health care leaders to shape the future of health reform in the interest of people who could be "left behind or left out."
To teach about the importance of healthy lifestyles in southeast Michigan, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System is building community not just at its hospitals, but at its farm.
Throughout the hot summer of 2012, Kimberly Smothers worked 50 to 60 hours a week in an air conditioner factory. She knew she had a lump in her breast but couldn't find the time to have it checked.
In an overview of the first year of a three-year study to determine membership criteria for CHA — specifically, to determine whether for-profit and non-Catholic organizations can be CHA members — theologian M. Therese Lysaught told participants in a June 3 Innovation Forum during the 2013 Catholic Health Assembly here that several key areas calling for further theological development had emerged.
In a "death-denying, death-defying" contemporary culture, Catholic care providers are called to better formulate a Christian response to the ill and frail facing decline, dependence and dying, said pediatrician Sr. Nuala Kenny, OC.
While triumphs of medical science allow people to live years with chronic heart failure or other serious chronic disease, such treatment advances also have made it a lot harder for people in America to die a natural death, said Dr. Ira Byock.
"Living Mission in a Changing World," the theme of this year's Catholic Health Assembly, is not what we fear, but what we embrace. It is our prophetic call.
Four system executives discussed new organizational structures, innovative approaches to improve care and reduce costs, and staying true to mission at a transformative time in health care during a discussion at the 2013 Catholic Health Assembly.
Daily headlines scream the world is a tough place, and the playing field is uneven. Anger over the injustices motivates Fr. Richard Frechette, CP, to get involved.
Five ministry leaders and a bishop were elected to CHA's Board of Trustees at the annual meeting of the membership held here during the 2013 Catholic Health Assembly.
"The environment is rigged against the child and his doctor and the rest of us," said Dr. Richard J. Jackson, a pediatrician who previously served as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Environmental Health.
Sr. Maura Brannick, CSC, would rather talk about a homeless man named Willy than about meeting then-President George H.W. Bush aboard Air Force One.
Msgr. Klimek's steady dedication has earned him CHA's Lifetime Achievement Award.
When Sr. Mary Jo McGinley, RSM, was discerning during the late 1980s whether to switch to health care after working as an educator for 20 years, members of her community's leadership team suggested she talk it over with Sr. Concilia Moran, RSM.
At the 2013 Catholic Health Assembly, CHA honored leaders who are making significant achievements early in their careers in Catholic health care and who are poised to guide the ministry in the future.
Ministry leaders from U.S. Catholic health care and representatives of several global health organizations who convened for CHA's third Global Summit were challenged to increase and improve mission outreach activities in the developing world.
Several years ago, when senior leaders of ethics at CHRISTUS Health reviewed practices of the approximately 40 ethics committees in its hospitals, they found an uneven landscape.
When working with physician practices making the transition to patient-centered medical homes, Roni Christopher, executive director of health care transformation at Health Partners Consulting in Cincinnati, compares the process to trying to eat an elephant.
Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan, retired auxiliary bishop of the diocese of Brooklyn, died on June 7 from injuries he sustained in a May 30 car accident.