Foundations Live

January 31 - March 23, 2023
Foundations Live is an interactive 8-week (virtual) program with sessions each Thursday from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
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Designed for Leaders Like You!
CHA's Foundations of Catholic Health Care Leadership Program provides executives, board members, directors, managers, clinicians and other leaders in Catholic health care with a foundation in core theological and ethical principles that are at the heart of the Catholic health ministry. Considered an essential primer for new and current leaders in Catholic health care, the program deepens understanding of the pivotal role leaders play in carrying out the healing mission of Catholic health care in serving the needs of patients, families, communities and the common good.

Engaging Online Experience
Foundations Live takes place in a series of eight consecutive weekly virtual sessions on starting on Thursday, Feb. 2 to March 23, 2023, from 1-3:30 p.m. ET. An orientation session to familiarize participants with the overall program agenda and online format is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan 31, 2023, from 1 to 2 p.m. ET.


CHA members: $550 per person
Non-CHA members: $1,100 per person

Group discount: 10 percent off each individual registration for groups of five or more

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Each session features presentations from seasoned experts in key areas of Catholic health care in combination with valuable opportunities for dialogue and networking in breakout sessions and online discussions between each session.

The comprehensive curriculum encompasses leadership, formation, spirituality and whole person care, Catholic social tradition, theology, mission, ethics and the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services, sponsorship, community benefit, global health, advocacy, and discernment in decision-making.

Each session focuses on a key principle of Catholic health leadership to give participants an in-depth understanding of core principles of Catholic health care. Since each session builds on each other, registrants are expected to participate in all eight sessions to benefit fully from the program. Relevant reading materials and information for group discussions are provided prior to each session.

Participate as a Group or Individually
You are free to participate either with a group of colleagues from your own system or facility or as an individual. Over the years, many registrants have found that participating as a group is a great way to foster team building and to apply learnings to their daily work. Individuals will participate in the program with a group of individuals from other locations to foster interaction and group discussion.

Here's What Participants Say About Online Foundations

"This program is an invaluable tool for anyone in a leadership position in health care today. The information shared, the readings both pre- and post- session, the breakout sessions, the presentations and the speakers were exemplary. This experience exceeded my expectations and I will certainly encourage other leaders in my health care system to participate."

"This program was extremely relevant since it touched on why we do the things we do. It increased my understanding and has allowed me to be more informed when I discuss our ministry."

"I think the most important benefit I received from the program is self-reflection. Reviewing the information and learning each of the subjects really made me think about my role in my organization. It also made me think about what type of impact I desire to have with my patients and team."

"The lessons in leadership here can be built upon for years to come."

"Part of my responsibility as the head of human resources in my facility is to help employees, new and old, understand the mission of the organization. The insights I gained in this program will help me meet that responsibility."

"Not being Catholic, learning the social traditions was great. I now have had a light shed on my organization and why we do what we do the way we do."

"I really enjoyed our group breakout discussions. It is so nice to hear what my colleagues are doing. There are so many best practices!!"

SESSION ONE — THURSDAY, FEB. 2, 2023, 1-3:30 P.M. ET

Leadership in Catholic Health Care
Sr. Mary Haddad, RSM

The objective is to enable participants to articulate important challenges for Catholic health care and their implications for leaders of the ministry. Themes include:

  • What are the important opportunities and challenges on the horizon for Catholic health care?
  • In light of this, what are the implications for leaders of this ministry?
  • What question do you have about these challenges and opportunities on the horizon?
  • What do we mean when we say health care is a ministry?
  • What is the relationship of Catholic health care to the broader ministry of the church, including the heritage of the religious women and men who founded and nurtured the health ministry in the United States?
Fisk, Jill
Jesus, The Foundation of Catholic Health Care
Jill Fisk

The objective is to enable participants to express the relationship of the healing ministry of Jesus Christ to the foundation and work of Catholic health care. Themes include:

  • What are the implications of describing "the healing ministry of Jesus" as the foundation of our ministry?
  • How do we understand Jesus as a healer of the whole person?
  • What are the foundational healing stories for the Catholic health ministry?
  • What is the role of sacred Scripture as a spiritual touchstone for leaders?

SESSION TWO — THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2023, 1-3:30 P.M. ET

Spirituality and Whole Person Care
Prayer and Reflection
Diarmuid Rooney, M.S. Psych, M.T.S., D. Soc. Admin.

The objective is for participants to understand the importance of whole person care and the central role of spirituality in Catholic health care. Themes include:

  • What is whole person care?
  • What is the place of spirit within this understanding of what it means to be human?
  • What are the spiritual needs of a person, and how do we respond to these needs in our work?
  • What are spiritual practices, and how do they get expressed in a diverse and pluralistic workplace?

SESSION THREE — THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2023, 1-3:30 P.M. ET

Brian Kane
Catholic Social Tradition
Brian M. Kane, Ph.D. 

The objective is to identify foundational concepts in Catholic Social Teaching and their implications for health care leadership. Themes include:

  • What is the Catholic Social Tradition?
  • What does Catholic Social Teaching mean as the "public face" of the Church's moral tradition?
  • Considering the key principles of this tradition, what are some ethical issues that arise, for example, in collaborative ventures with other organizations?

SESSION FOUR — THURSDAY, FEB. 23, 2023, 1-3:30 P.M. ET

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Bruce Compton
Catholic Social Tradition in Action
Julie Trocchio, BSN, MS and Bruce Compton

The objective is to define and describe the importance of community benefit and global health in Catholic health care and why they are social justice issues. Themes include:

  • What do we mean by community benefit and the social determinants of health?
  • What are the social conditions necessary for an individual's dignity to be actualized?
  • What do you know about how your organization is responding to the needs within your organization?
  • Catholic health care has always transcended national boundaries. In today's global environment, how has global health taken on new importance rooted in the imperative to preach the Gospel to the "ends of the earth?"
  • How are CHA's outreach activities supporting members, partnering organizations and the church?
  • How do you think you can enhance your own and your organization's international health activities?


Nate Hibner
Ethics and Discernment
Nathaniel Blanton Hibner, Ph.D., and Diarmuid Rooney, M.S. Psych, M.T.S., D. Soc. Admin.

The objective is to introduce participants to the extensive history of ethics and moral theology. It will also situate the role of discernment in all ethical decision making. The themes include:

  • What do we mean by "ethics" and "morality"?
  • When did the Catholic moral and ethical theology begin? How has it evolved?
  • Where is "discernment" situated in moral and ethical decision making?
Clinical Aspects of the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services
Nathaniel Blanton Hibner, Ph.D.

The objective is to introduce the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services as a leadership resource and to articulate a basic process for ethical decision making in the health care setting. The themes include:

  • What are the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services (ERDs)?
  • How do the ERDs define the moral and ethical framework for Catholic health care in the United States?
  • How does our understanding of ethics play out in provider/patient relationships and in specific issues at the beginning and end of life?


Models of the Church: Spirit and Structure
Diarmuid Rooney, M.S. Psych, M.T.S., D. Soc. Admin.

The objective is to enable participants to understand the models and ethos of the church. The themes include:

  • How do we understand the church from servant to institution?
  • As institution, what is the structure of the church from parish to papacy?
  • Why is the mystical dimension of the church important to leadership in Catholic health care?
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Sponsorship Today
Lori Ashmore-Ruppel

The objective is to introduce participants to the meaning of sponsorship in Catholic health care today. The themes include:

  • How has sponsorship emerged and evolved into its present structure?
  • What are sponsors responsible for, how are they structured and how do they live out their ministry?
  • What are some of the hopes and challenges facing sponsors now and into the future?


Stewarding Organizational Culture in the Catholic Tradition
Presenter TBD

The objective is to develop a plan for ongoing development and formation as a ministry leader in Catholic health care. The themes include:

  • In what ways are leaders "culture bearers" who hold the organization’s integrity in trust and shape its culture?
  • How do leaders in Catholic health care use leadership principles as tools for maintaining a distinctive Catholic culture?
  • What are some core spiritual practices that can strengthen a leader’s personal and professional growth?


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Discernment, Ongoing Formation and Integration
Dennis Gonzales, Ph.D. and Diarmuid Rooney, M.S. Psych, M.T.S., D. Soc. Admin.

The objective is to prepare leaders for discernment in decision making and ongoing formation opportunities, both personally and professionally, through CHA offerings and other local and national initiatives.


Certificate of Attendance

Please note, CHA does not offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for any programs.

CHA will provide all Online Foundations participants with a Certificate of Attendance indicating contact hours at the conclusion of the program. All program registrants will receive an email with a link to the overall evaluation as well as information regarding the Certificate of Attendance.

Participants may submit Certificates of Attendance to relevant organizations that accept proof of contact hours as credit.

These include:

American College of Healthcare Executives: American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) members may self-report qualifying CEUs using the contact hour information provided on their CHA Certificate of Attendance. To self-report, log in as a member on the ACHE site; use the link on the left-hand side to self-report applicable contact hours for CEU credit.

NACC Board Certified Chaplains: National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) board certified chaplain members may self-report their continuing education hours (CEHs) using the contact hours information provided on their CHA Certificate of Attendance.

For further information regarding Certificates of Attendance, please contact Danette Thompson, (314) 253-3408.