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NOVEMBER 1, 2014  |  VOLUME 30, NUMBER 19

KentuckyOne teams make home visits to transition vulnerable patients


Armanda White, 60, has congestive heart failure, gout and arthritis. White’s son, daughter and the grandkids assist with cooking, chores at her home and with getting White to her medical appointments, but she credits a team from KentuckyOne Health with helping her improve her ability to manage her chronic conditions. “I’m getting to the point where I can be the provider for my grandchildren, instead of them providing for me,” White said.

The KentuckyOne program, called Health Connections Initiative, fields a multidisciplinary team for home visits with recently hospitalized patients who have high medical needs, disjointed health care and high medical costs.

Each care team includes a registered nurse, a licensed practical nurse, a social worker and a community health worker. Team members work with patients for 90 days after enrollment, conducting home visits focused on medical and social services needs with a goal of improving patients’ self-care and linking patients to a medical home for the future coordination of their care. The team can help patients with basic needs related to housing, transportation, food insecurity or low literacy, according to information from Kentucky–One Health. Members of the team make as many visits as needed to help each individual meet his or her personal health care goals and overcome barriers to care.

The core team is employed by VNA Nazareth Home Care. KentuckyOne’s parent, Englewood, Colo.-based Catholic Health Initiatives, has a minority ownership in VNA Nazareth. Additional health professionals, including dieticians and substance abuse and mental health counselors, can take part in home visits, as needed.

Daughters of Charity to sell six California hospitals to Prime Healthcare


The Daughters of Charity Health System Board of Directors approved the sale of the system’s six California hospitals and medical foundation to Prime Healthcare Services and Prime Healthcare Foundation, the systems announced on Oct. 10. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Advocates link Mount Carmel patients with primary care providers


Patient advocates in two emergency departments in the Mount Carmel Health System in Columbus, Ohio, are learning what motivates patients to go to the emergency room for nonemergency conditions as they work to connect these patients to primary care medical homes. “This is the right thing to do for our patients — to get them into a patient-centered medical home environment, establish a long-term primary care relationship and to refocus them on health and wellness as opposed to episodic care,” said Beth Traini, senior vice president and chief transformation officer for the four-hospital Mount Carmel system.

‘100 Days of Prayer’ launches run-up to CHA centennial

CHA celebrates its centennial in 2015, and the inaugural event to mark 100 years of CHA history will be “100 Days of Prayer” leading up to World Day of the Sick.

CHA invites associates across Catholic health care and all those who want to offer prayers for a sick, injured or disabled loved one and their caregivers to join in 100 Days of Prayer beginning on Nov. 3, through World Day of the Sick on Feb. 11.

CHA asks participants to sign up to join the prayer campaign at, where they will find prayers and World Day of the Sick social media links to encourage others to join the prayer campaign. Participants may add to a prayer list on the website the first name of the person or people they ask the community to keep in their prayers for the 100 days. The web page will be available beginning Nov. 3.

Mercy Birthing Center caters to women wanting low-intervention birth


To satisfy the preferences of expectant mothers who want a natural, low-intervention birth — but who also want the safety net of a full-service hospital should any complications arise Mercy Hospital St. Louis has opened the $2 million, four-suite Mercy Birthing Center, one of the few birthing centers in the U.S. located within a hospital.

Institute of Medicine calls for broad improvements in end-of-life care


Advocates working to improve end-of-life care are welcoming a recent report from the Institute of Medicine. The report, Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life, is focusing nationwide attention on fundamental changes that need to be made to address gaping deficiencies in end-of-life care in the U.S.

Saint Peter’s encourages West African nationals to share information to stem spread of Ebola

Saint Peter’s University Hospital, a teaching hospital in New Brunswick, N.J., is educating West Africans in area communities about ways to prevent the transmission of Ebola and asking them to share the information with loved ones both domestically and abroad.

Keeping Up


Mercy Health of Cincinnati has made these changes: John Starcher to Mercy Health executive vice president, operations, responsible for the Cincinnati and Springfield, Ohio, and Paducah, Ky., markets and president of Mercy Health in the Cincinnati Market. He was president and chief executive of Health Management Associates prior to its sale to Community Health Systems of Franklin, Tenn. Deborah Bloomfield to Mercy Health executive vice president and chief financial officer; Jane Durney Crowley to executive vice president and chief transformation officer; Brian Smith to executive vice president of operations; Yousuf Ahmad to Mercy Health senior vice president, system development, from president and chief executive of Mercy Heath in the Cincinnati market; and Jerry Judd to Mercy Health senior vice president and treasurer.

David Argueta to president of CHI St. Luke’s Health’s The Woodlands Hospital of Conroe, Texas; Lakeside Hospital of Conroe; and Springwoods Village of Spring, Texas, now under development. He was interim president.

Paulette Evans to president and chief executive of HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese, Ill., from interim president and chief executive.


Ministry health system CFOs share knowledge through networking group

A group of Catholic health system chief financial officers that convenes roughly once a month to exchange information is encouraging their system, regional and facility chief financial officer colleagues across the ministry to join their knowledge-sharing group.


Ascension Health forms joint venture with post-acute services provider

St. Louis’ Ascension Health has entered into a joint venture with Evolution Health to offer post-acute services to patients in communities served by Ascension Health facilities. Services will include home care, hospice care and infusion therapy. According to a joint press release, the companies’ leadership expects revenues for the joint venture to be between $75 million and $100 million in the first year of operation.

Dispensary of Hope to expand reach and medicine supply capacity

Leadership at Dispensary of Hope, a charitable medication distributor, says the organization has embarked on a five-year plan to expand the organization’s reach and become a self-sustaining enterprise.


Daughters of Charity - Haiti honored for care of Haitian mothers, children

Medicines for Humanity honored the Daughters of Charity – Haiti with its Humanitarian of the Year Award on Sept. 22 at the Harvard Club in Boston. Rockland, Mass.-based Medicines for Humanity has partnered with the Daughters of Charity since 2009 to address the high child mortality rates in Haiti. Medicines for Humanity said one in eight Haitian children die before their fifth birthday.

Ascension Health to sell two Kansas City, Mo., hospitals to Prime Healthcare

St. Louis-based Ascension Health and Prime Healthcare Services have a definitive agreement for Prime Healthcare to buy two hospitals in or near Kansas City, Mo., that are part of Ascension’s Carondelet Health. The facilities are St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City and St. Mary’s Medical Center in Blue Springs, Mo. The systems announced the agreement on Oct. 14. Financial terms were not disclosed.


High-flying celebration

To celebrate the strength of patients fighting breast cancer, employees of Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center of Suffern, N.Y., were among roughly 100 community members who turned out for a “Superhero Day” last month “in recognition of the brave heroes that fight” breast cancer, the hospital said.

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