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SEPTEMBER 1, 2014  |  VOLUME 30, NUMBER 15

Empathy's on tap in 'dementia-friendly' community


No mother wants to see her child struggle, regardless of the child's age. So it's understandable that Janet Rubenzer-Pike gets choked up and emotional when she talks about her 55-year-old daughter, Julie Anderl, of Chippewa Falls, a northwest Wisconsin community of 14,000. A one-time successful lawyer in private practice, Anderl had also been a city attorney, president of the Chamber of Commerce, county court commissioner and circuit court judge candidate.

About three years ago, Anderl was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia, a degenerative brain disorder that affects her memory and cognition. She has since had to stop practicing law, give up her driver's license and rely on family and friends to help her with such mundane tasks as grocery shopping and making change.

"Sometimes it takes Julie a long time to come up with what she wants to order or express what she wants," explains Rubenzer-Pike, who lives minutes away from Anderl and her family. "She has trouble counting out money — numbers tend to confuse her."

Saint Francis offers acupuncture on a pay-what-you-can basis


Although it has been effective in treating a wide range of ailments, the Chinese art of acupuncture is usually expensive and rarely covered by insurance.

Providence Sacred Heart names clinic for Father-Doctor Malnar


Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Wash., has named its maternity clinic for a priest and doctor to recognize him for his dedicated service in caring for patients, including a commitment to serving mothers who are sometimes young, unmarried, and have limited resources for medical care. It christened the "Father Stan Malnar, MD, Maternity Clinic" earlier this year.

Richmond's East End bustles in appealing display of neighborhood's potential


During a two-day event earlier this summer in Richmond, Va., locals saw their sluggish East End community come alive, as they flocked by the hundreds to a "Better Block" street gathering sponsored in part by Bon Secours Richmond Health System.

One of the most recent of dozens of such "rapid revitalization" projects put on by an Oak Cliff, Texas-based urban planning team, the Better Block event in the East End engaged dozens of volunteers, retailers and organizations in quickly beautifying a several-block section of Richmond's faded East End, and establishing temporary pop-up businesses and activities. Residents and prospective investors turned out for two days of music, kids' activities, a 5K run, a walk, a movie screening, dining, socializing and shopping.

Mobile kitchen gives Richmonders crash course in healthy eating


Bon Secours Richmond Health System and some local partners are working to make fresh, healthful food more available in low-income neighborhoods in Richmond, Va. But system leaders know the efforts will have no impact on health outcomes if residents don't actually eat the foods.

Alexian teaches students to overcome crippling school anxiety


Ellie Cole, 16, is beginning her junior year at Prospect High School in Mt. Prospect, Ill., this fall. A straight-A student and former cheerleader, she happily spends her free time volunteering, hanging out with friends and thinking about future college plans.

Mercy – Cincinnati's in the swim

Mercy HealthPlexes in Cincinnati joined hundreds of aquatic facilities worldwide in an annual effort to set a Guinness World Record for the largest swimming lesson. These swimmers at a Mercy HealthPlex were among tens of thousands who polished their strokes at 11 a.m. Eastern time, June 20. As Catholic Health World went to press, event sponsors had not yet determined whether they'd broken last year's record of 32,450 participants.

Keeping Up


Craig McCoy to chief executive of Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital of Atlanta, from interim chief executive of that facility and chief executive of Emory Johns Creek Hospital in Johns Creek, Ga.

Frank L. Lucia to president and chief executive of Dean Health Plan of Madison, Wis., from senior vice president, chief financial and operations officer for Dean Health Plan. Lucia replaces Lon Sprecher, who retired as president and chief executive in May.

Michael Rindler has retired from the office of the president and as chief executive of St. Anthony's Medical Center of St. Louis. The other members of the office of the president will assume Rindler's responsibilities on an interim basis. They are: Beverly Bokovitz, chief nursing officer; Dr. Christopher Bowe, president of St. Anthony's Physician Organization; and Dr. David Morton, chief medical officer.

Ascension Health reorganizes senior care facilities


St. Louis-based Ascension Health has reorganized under a single organization most of its facilities and programs focusing on senior adults.

St. Louis-based Ascension Health Senior Care, which launched on July 1, oversees 34 Ascension Health independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing facilities representing nearly 5,600 resident beds and about 5,000 employees. Ascension Health Senior Care also includes Ascension Health Programs of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly serving about 725 enrollees. The senior care division bills itself as the nation's second-largest not-for-profit long-term care provider.

CHI foundation passes major milestone in awarding grants


Catholic Health Initiatives has given out more than $55 million in grants aimed at creating healthy communities through its Mission and Ministry Fund, an internal grant program established when Englewood, Colo.-based CHI formed in 1996.

Chattanooga's Memorial Health completes renovation

The two-campus Memorial Health Care System of Chattanooga, Tenn., has completed a $318 million renovation project that the system's leaders said will enable the facilities to meet increased demand for health care services.

Ministry providers among recipients of annual green awards

Practice Greenhealth has named this year's recipients of its environmental excellence awards, and dozens of ministry health care providers are among the honorees.

The Reston, Va.-based nonprofit membership organization presents its annual awards at a gala at CleanMed, which this year took place in Cleveland in June.

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