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May 1, 2015  |  VOLUME 31, NUMBER 8

Ascension challenges its ministries on community health


When zip codes predict life spans, addressing disparity should be a central concern

NEW ORLEANS — To illustrate how profoundly disparity can impact people's lives — and how important it is for communities to address disparities — a speaker at a recent Ascension community health conference drew from his own experiences growing up in two different zip codes, both in metropolitan Washington, D.C.

As a child, Dwayne Proctor lived in the Anacostia neighborhood of the capital before moving with his mother about 25 miles away, to Fairfax, Va. In Anacostia, he said, jobs were scarce, violence and crime were prevalent, schools were failing and healthy food was hard to come by because there were no full-line grocery stores. In Fairfax, incomes were higher than in Anacostia, jobs more available, schools stronger and nutritious food plentiful at nearby grocery stores.

Legacy formation programs helped to grow, inspire incoming sponsors


March marked the end of an era, as the second of two impactful sponsor formation programs wrapped up its final session. Both of the now-discontinued programs — the Collaborative Formation Program for Public Juridic Persons and the Collaborative Sponsor Formation Program — will be replaced later this year with a new CHA offering called the Sponsor Formation Program for Catholic Health Care.

St. Mary's Health Care System moves to acquire Ty Cobb Regional Medical Center in Georgia

St. Mary's Health Care System in Athens, Ga., has signed a letter of intent to acquire Ty Cobb Regional Medical Center, a financially struggling hospital in rural northeast Georgia.

Terms of the proposed purchase have not been disclosed. The due diligence process was moving forward in late April as Catholic Health World went to press. St. Mary's Health Care System did not yet have a date for the deal to be finalized, said spokesman Avery McLean.

PACE program offers model for managing frail and sick populations


Under health care reform, health care providers must become adept at managing the health of populations of people, and in many cases, under capitated, value-based payment models. And, particularly when these providers assume financial risk for the care of patients, they must become adept at coordinating the care of frail, sick people.

Providers navigating this shift to population health management can learn from the experience of Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly — many of those programs have been operational for more than a decade; and the programs use a capitated payment structure that is similar to some of the care financing models gaining ground under health care reform, including global payments to accountable care organizations.

Giving shelter to homeless patients

A medical catastrophe cost Roy McDaniel his mobility, his livelihood and his home. St. Anthony's Hospital of St. Petersburg, Fla., provides safe, private housing for McDaniel and other homeless patients to recover their health and start to repair their lives.

Essentia Health adds physician assistants, nurse practitioners to patient care teams


With millions of Americans newly insured in recent years under the Affordable Care Act, with shortages of primary care physicians nationally and with difficulties in recruiting specialists in some rural areas, a team approach involving advanced practitioners is one solution to improve patient access to care.

Integrated system to be called AMITA Health

Alexian Brothers Health System, part of Ascension, and Adventist Midwest Health, part of Adventist Health System, said on April 13 the name of their integrated health system in suburban Chicago will be AMITA Health.

AMITA Health includes nine hospitals and a provider network of more than 3,000 physicians serving the west and northwest suburbs of Chicago. Alexian Brothers Health System, a Catholic nonprofit, and Adventist Midwest Health, a faith-based nonprofit, formed the joint operating company on Feb. 1, which created the third largest health system in Illinois.

Ancient Chinese cure for U.S. tax-day stress

Louisville, Ky.-area community members unwind with a complimentary tai chi class from a KentuckyOne Health provider on April 15, the federal tax deadline. 

Keeping Up


James F. Dover to division president and chief executive for Hospital Sisters Health System's Southern Illinois Division, in Springfield, Ill., from president and chief executive of the Santa Clara County, Calif., market of Daughters of Charity Health System of Los Altos Hills, Calif.

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