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Catholic Health World

OCTOBER 15, 2014  |  VOLUME 30, NUMBER 18

Partnership is the theme at CHA's 2014 Global Summit

Global Summit speaker


"Partnership" was the word on everyone's lips at CHA's 2014 Global Summit, held Sept. 16-17 in Crystal City, Va., just outside of Washington, D.C.

Speakers and participants from around the world shared ideas about how to best partner with the U.S. government, private foundations, other Catholic organizations and one another in their ministry to the poor and disadvantaged overseas.

"Our common values and common vision go a very long way in what we can achieve together," said Carolyn Woo, president and chief executive officer of Catholic Relief Services, who joined in a facilitated dialogue with Sr. Carol Keehan, DC, CHA president and chief executive officer, about the Catholic response in low-income countries.

The Catholic Church "has a natural instinct for building institutions, but not a natural instinct for collaboration," Woo said, eliciting chuckles from the audience. "But without collaboration, we will not have impact, we will not have sustainability, we will not have scale."

Church activism
Sr. Carol said the January dedication of St. Francis de Sales Hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, will showcase the first major building project completed since the earthquake in Haiti five years ago and represents "the finest example of church working together.

Mercy Artists
Mercy's artists-in-residence engage chemo patients in creative distractions


It was love at first sight, says Jamie Dansicker, recalling two years ago when she first volunteered to help outpatient chemotherapy patients at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore work on art projects while they underwent treatment for cancer.

HHS secretary
HHS secretary proclaims ACA's positive impact on U.S. health care

WASHINGTON — The Affordable Care Act is working and preparations are on track for the upcoming second open enrollment period, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell told an audience at the Brookings Institution late last month.

A growing number of people have health insurance, middle class families are increasingly shielded from excessive medical bills and health care dollars are being spent more wisely, said Burwell in her first major address on the ACA since she took office in June, replacing Kathleen Sebelius.

Advocates promote ministry priorities for national public policy

Ministry Advocates

On Sept. 18 and 19 CHA convened ministry advocates in Washington, D.C, for the 2014 Catholic Legislative Advocacy Conference. Over 70 representatives from Catholic hospitals and systems nationwide gathered to hear updates on key legislative issues from health policy experts and to make over 100 visits to members of Congress and their staffs on Capitol Hill.

Formation Program
Formation program reconnects physicians with healing mission


When most doctors enter the medical field, they are eager to ease people's suffering and help them live healthy lives. But, over time given the unrelenting pace and pressure of the profession, doctors can become weary and cynical, according to Dr. Michael Marino, St. Joseph Health chief medical information officer.

It was a conversation about this phenomenon that inspired Marino and another physician connected with Irvine, Calif.-based St. Joseph Health to develop a formation program that gives doctors the opportunity to reflect on their call to heal and to rediscover their passion for that mission.

In the Physician Leadership Formation program, Marino said, "we get physicians back to the reason they entered medicine, which is caring for the most vulnerable."

Mercy Doctor Drozda

Mercy doctor advances potential for mining performance data on implanted devices


Millions of people worldwide live with an implanted medical device, whether a heart stent or an artificial hip. But currently there's no standard tracking system for implanted medical devices.

Blessing the sick

Blessing the sick, celebrating the ministry

The chief executive of Bon Secours Charity Health System Dr. Mary Leahy, left, said a visit on Sept. 22 from New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan had special meaning for patients and staff at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Suffern, N.Y. His time and prayers with patients, the staff and the public allowed an opportunity to celebrate the work of the health care ministry. Here, they tour the medical center’s emergency department with, right, nurse manager Ana Restrepo.

Keeping Up

Cynthia Gough to area operations administrator for Providence Health & Services Alaska, Anchorage, Alaska.

Rabbi Nadia Siritsky to vice president of mission for Jewish Hospital, University of Louisville Hospital and James Graham Brown Cancer Center, all of Louisville, Ky., and part of or affiliated with KentuckyOne Health.

Brynt Ellis to executive director of St. Joseph Mercy Livingston, Howell, Mich., and St. Joseph Mercy Brighton, Brighton, Mich.

Sr. Kathleen Walsh, SND, to director of mission and values for D'Youville Life and Wellness Community, Lowell, Mass.

Ascension factors 'Triple Bottom Line' into operational decisions

Planners consider ecological, social and financial implications

At Ascension and its facilities, leaders making operational decisions weigh the financial, environmental and social impact of their decisions — three interrelated areas of concern, especially in a ministry premised on social justice. The executives also gauge how their choices could have an effect on individual and population health and health care costs. That's according to presenters of a CHA webinar.

Joyful aloha marks return of St. Marianne Cope's remains

In a day of celebration, the remains of St. Marianne Cope were enshrined at the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace in Honolulu on July 31. St. Marianne is beloved on the Hawaiian Islands and far beyond, remembered for her 35 years of caring for those with Hansen's disease, or leprosy.

Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities in Hawaii escorted St. Marianne's remains into the cathedral in a cloth-wrapped metal box atop a ceremonial canoe made from Hawaiian koa wood. Bishop Clarence "Larry" Silva celebrated the Mass.

Ascension Health may transfer Mount St. Mary's to Catholic Health

If an affiliation agreement signed in mid-August is completed, St. Louis-based Ascension Health will transfer parenthood of Mount St. Mary's Hospital and Health Center in Lewiston, N.Y., to Catholic Health System of Buffalo, N.Y.

The 175-bed Mount St. Mary's has been partnering with Catholic Health for four years, and has had a formal collaborative partnership with the Buffalo system for two of those years.

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