Corey Bowman is a sales representative who believes firmly in his product. Bowman, 29, is a team leader in customer service at SSM Health Care in St. Louis. In March, the system began offering interest-free payment plans through Commerce Bank, a Midwestern regional company, to help patients cover deductibles, co-pays and other medical expenses, and Bowman was among the early applicants.
Sr. Judith Ann Karam, CSA, was elected vice chairperson/chairperson-elect of the CHA Board of Trustees by unanimous vote at the June 24 membership assembly, which convened during the Catholic Health Assembly here. Sr. Karam will be installed as CHA chair at the 2015 Catholic Health Assembly in Washington, D.C.
Cincinnati-based Catholic Health Partners changed its name July 24 to Mercy Health.
Sr. Eleanor Gilmore, whose life was "marked by peace, courage and a joyful spirit" died July 12 in Bellevue, Wash., at age 82, according to her religious order.
Terry McGuire retired July 1 as senior vice president of mission integration at Felician Services of Chicago. He has worked in Catholic health care for over three decades.
The economics of health care system operations are in rapid flux as some health care providers begin selling health insurance and wellness products and as value-based purchasing and risk- and gain-sharing contracts tied to population health metrics gain traction in the U.S.
Ministry leaders speaking on "Signs of the Times, Signs of Hope," the theme of the 2014 Catholic Health Assembly, pointed to two resounding reasons to be enthusiastic about the future during their annual meeting here in June: the papacy of Pope Francis, who has a love of the poor, and the fact that millions of people in the U.S. gained insurance coverage this year through the Affordable Care Act.
It was an encounter in the emergency department about four years ago that convinced Sr. Christine Mura, DC, of the need to shift her focus as a Hispanic outreach and pastoral care worker with St. Mary's Healthcare in Amsterdam, N.Y.
Three of the nation's largest health care companies, Ascension, Dignity Health and Tenet Healthcare Corp., are pursuing a proposed joint venture involving Ascension's three-hospital Carondelet Health Network based in Tucson, Ariz.
Hoarding may seem like an isolated phenomenon, affecting only the hoarder and his or her family members. But its effects go far beyond the individual and into the community, in terms of fire hazards, lost work days, evictions, animal neglect and abuse and the societal support needed when children or elderly family members are removed from the home.
Beginning in fall 2015, CHA will offer a four-session, in-depth "Sponsor Formation Program for Catholic Health Care" to prepare people for a sponsorship role in the Catholic health ministry and to advance the capabilities of sitting sponsors.