As a pastor and social worker, Reggie Huff has witnessed his share of arguments about end-of-life decisions that tore entire families apart.
It was during one of her son's recent medical appointments with his doctor that Maria Wallace witnessed the benefits that can come with new wearable technology for clinicians.
Isaac Niermann, now 6, was a great comfort and companion to his sister Gracie. Gracie — who had red hair and blue eyes and loved to play peekaboo with her health care providers — battled a congenital disorder called Kabuki syndrome. When the children's mom needed Gracie's attention, she'd call Isaac over, because Gracie always kept her eyes on her brother. Isaac used to help his sister, staying with her through her breathing treatments. Gracie died last year of pneumonia, shortly before she would have celebrated her third birthday, said the children's mother, Lauren Niermann.
To encourage reluctant states to expand Medicaid as allowed by the Affordable Care Act, a group of lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives has created the State Medicaid Expansion Caucus.
In late December 2012, Donald Nielson was working toward sobriety at a Salvation Army rehabilitation facility in Orange County, Calif., and was poised to rebuild his life after five years living on the streets around Fullerton, Calif., when he sustained a debilitating heel injury.
Eric Von, a website publisher focused on providing African-American men with relevant health care information, partners with Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare on outreach efforts to educate black men about their health risks and to encourage appropriate screenings, check-ups and lifestyle changes. He says of the Glendale, Wis.-based system's outreach efforts: "They get it."
Ministry advocates from across the nation met last month in Washington, D.C., to educate Congress about the importance of palliative care and advocate passage of legislation to expand access.
The leadership of CHI St. Joseph's Children of Albuquerque, N.M., is advancing the sainthood cause of its foundress, Sr. Blandina Segale, SC. The Vatican has granted approval for the cause of the Sister of Charity who braved America's southwestern frontier in the late 1800s to establish health care, education and social service ministries for vulnerable people — while also purportedly confronting Billy the Kid and other outlaws, intervening against vigilante justice and advocating for mistreated railroad workers.
Catholic nonprofit Providence Health & Services announced an affiliation on June 10 with Kadlec Health System, a secular nonprofit that serves a region of more than 350,000 residents in southeast Washington and northeastern Oregon. The affiliation does not involve a sale or purchase of assets.
The Boeing aerospace and aircraft company has signed on as the first large group health insurance client of the accountable care organization formed by Renton, Wash.-based Providence Health & Services and its affiliate, Seattle-based Swedish Health Services.
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has agreed to sell six nursing homes and one assisted living facility for $145 million to the Flushing, N.Y.-based Center Management Group, which currently owns and operates 15 nursing homes in New York and New Jersey.