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June, 2020
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Futurist Jamie Metzl to keynote CHA's first-ever virtual assembly June 8

By JULIE MINDA
June 2, 2020
For the first time ever, CHA is holding its annual member gathering in an online-only format. The virtual assembly will convene Monday, June 8, from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern time.
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Here comes the sun: Hospitals send recovered COVID patients home with a song

By LISA EISENHAUER
May 29, 2020
When the 100th patient to recover from COVID-19 left SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital earlier this month, she was sent off, like others who have overcome a severe bout with the virus, with cheers and applause from caregivers and Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop the Feeling!"
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Canon law authority Fr. Francis Morrisey dies in Ottawa at age 84

By JULIE MINDA
May 27, 2020
Fr. Francis "Frank" Morrisey, OMI, died May 23 at age 84 at Élisabeth Bruyère Hospital in Ottawa. He was a foremost authority on canon law and helped to draft the text of the 1983 Code of Canon Law. He was a canon law professor and author whose bibliography ran 26 pages.
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Trinity Health: Some changes wrought by the pandemic may be permanent and costly

By NANCY FOWLER
May 27, 2020
About three months ago, health care organizations began scrambling to transform their day-to-day operations to limit the spread of COVID-19.
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Caregivers ride emotional roller coaster from heroic wins to devastating loss

Providence St. Joseph focuses on providing whole person care for its employees

By PATRICIA CORRIGAN
May 26, 2020
"Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth." Those words, from Isaiah 43:19, guide leadership's efforts at Providence St. Joseph Health as it continues to define and refine "whole-person care" for the system's caregivers so they can, in turn, provide that degree of care for everyone they serve.
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Rural physician takes a measure of himself in the shoals of the pandemic

May 21, 2020
Doctors and nurses begin their health care careers knowing that at times the work will be physically and mentally grueling. But few U.S. clinicians would have expected to have to put their lives on the line to care for others.
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As pandemic makes staples scarce, health systems turn to suppliers near and far

By LISA EISENHAUER
May 20, 2020
Way back in January, before the coronavirus pandemic turned the world on its head, Hospital Sisters Health System was buying N95 masks for 50 cents each. These days, when the respirator masks used to protect medical workers from airborne respiratory droplets can be found, Bob Beyer sees them priced as high as $6 apiece.
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Trinity Health offers free COVID-19 testing in hard-hit areas in and near Detroit

By LISA EISENHAUER
May 19, 2020
The effort by Trinity Health and its Saint Joseph Mercy Health System to expand COVID-19 testing in some places in and around Detroit where the virus has taken an especially high toll is personal for Tawana Nettles-Robinson.
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SSM Health put its staff wellness plan into high gear to cope with pandemic stress

By PATRICIA CORRIGAN
May 18, 2020
Updated May 19, 2020
Well before the current pandemic began, SSM Health was developing a "healthy work and wellness framework" that speaks to a broader definition of wellness by offering holistic self-care strategies for body, mind and spirit.
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CHA and Vizient release community benefit accounting resources

By INDU SPUGNARDI
May 18, 2020
CHA and Vizient have released a set of resources to help tax-exempt hospitals more accurately and efficiently report community benefit. The resources were developed in response to requests from hospital community benefit and finance professionals asking for more detailed guidance on how to report certain categories of community benefit expenses. These categories included expenses related to health professions education, research and subsidized health services.
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Chaplains care for patients and staff at COVID treatment facility

Rising to the Call
May 14, 2020
When Buffalo, New York-based Catholic Health converted one of its five hospital campuses into a dedicated COVID-19 treatment facility March 26, leadership knew from the outset they'd need a strong spiritual care staff presence to help clinicians, other associates, patients and families to handle the toll the pandemic is taking on them.
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Rural hospitals make contingency plans to account for, limit vulnerabilities

By JULIE MINDA and LISA EISENHAUER
May 13, 2020
Resourcefulness has helped many ward off crises
When COVID-19 showed up in Bogalusa, Louisiana, the deadly virus delivered a fast and mighty blow. All six ventilators in the intensive care unit at Our Lady of the Angels Hospital were being used for patients with the virus at one point in early April and the hospital had to divert other infected patients to ICUs at hospitals elsewhere.
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Emergency management and financial experts share tips on tapping COVID-19 federal assistance

By LISA EISENHAUER
May 7, 2020
As of Wednesday, hospitals that provided testing and treatment of uninsured COVID-19 patients could begin requesting reimbursement of their costs from the federal government.
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Hospitals set up grocery stores, offer takeout meals for employees during pandemic

By NANCY FOWLER
May 5, 2020
Catholic hospital employees around the country are happily adding a new item to their at-work checklist: picking up groceries.

To make their employees' lives easier and safer during the COVID-19 pandemic, some hospitals are opening mini grocery stores.
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SSM Health DePaul partners with food bank for a healthier start to family life

By KATHLEEN NELSON
May 1, 2020
The OB Care Center at SSM Health DePaul Hospital in St. Louis and a local food bank are "prescribing" food as medicine to provide a healthier start for moms-to-be and their families.
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Sister, physician helps Houstonians ward off medical, socioeconomic ills

Rising to the Call
April 30, 2020
Since the outset of the coronavirus pandemic, the CHRISTUS St. Mary's Clinic, located in Houston's economically depressed East End, has remained open but has focused entirely on patients who do not have COVID-19.
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Mercy critical care director focuses on healing the sickest of the sick

Rising to the Call
April 30, 2020
As the clinical director of critical care medicine for Chesterfield, Missouri-based Mercy, Dr. David Tannehill is the physician lead for all the critical care medicine specialists at the 11 intensive care units at Mercy hospitals.
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Catholic universities extend hand to Catholic hospitals, health care staff during pandemic

By ELIZABETH GARONE
April 27, 2020
The acute shortages of personal protective equipment for medical workers around the country have prompted medical and research schools to raid their own supply cabinets, while their employees and students give of their time and ingenuity.
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Mercy St. Louis is using convalescent plasma in experimental COVID-19 treatment

By RENEE STOVSKY
April 24, 2020
Attorney Walter Lamkin, 69, considers Vail, Colorado his "spiritual home," and he usually spends at least a month there each winter, skiing, hiking and climbing.

This year was a no different, although Lamkin recalls running a fever one night in late February, followed by a lingering cough.
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As patients return, surgeons at CHRISTUS children's hospital learn to 'smize'

By LISA EISENHAUER
April 23, 2020
Surgeries dropped by about 60% at The Children's Hospital of San Antonio since restrictions limiting procedures to emergency or lifesaving situations went into place last month amid the COVID-19 pandemic. On Wednesday, five days after the governor eased the restrictions, the hospital and others in Texas that are part of CHRISTUS Health resumed electives surgeries.
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Centura Health nurses come flying when New Jersey hospitals call for help

By LISA EISENHAUER
April 21, 2020
When Centura Health asked some of its registered nurses if they would join a team to offer relief to their counterparts at Catholic hospitals hard hit by COVID-19 patients in New Jersey, Mara Doyle was one of those who raised their hands.
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Providence St. Joseph associates get quick access to mental health care amid pandemic

By JULIE MINDA
April 21, 2020
The Telebehavioral Health Concierge service that Providence St. Joseph Health had rolled out by the end of 2019 for employees in Washington state and Montana — and that it plans to expand systemwide by the end of this year — is providing a much-needed outlet for overtaxed health care staff during the COVID-19 epidemic.
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Happy hours: Orthopedic surgeon lifts spirits by producing hand sanitizer at his vodka distillery

By KATHLEEN NELSON
April 20, 2020
Amid the shortages, suffering and uncertainty, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to provide opportunities to lift spirits in the face of adversity. Dr. William Schroer found his chance to contribute to the common good through his connection to a different kind of spirits: the distilled variety.
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Communications expert: Health workers can tap public's trust to spur climate change activism

By LISA EISENHAUER
April 17, 2020
In his research on what makes a public health campaign effective, Edward Maibach has found that one key component is that the information being shared come from trusted sources.
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As pandemic spreads, use of telehealth by clinicians and health systems surges

By LISA EISENHAUER
April 16, 2020
Early this year, when novel coronavirus still felt like a distant threat, Dr. Thomas Coburn was helping to plan a telehealth option for the Lexington, Kentucky-based CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group.
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ICU nurse creates relaxation spaces where COVID care providers can pause and breathe

April 16, 2020
Sarah Phillips, a registered nurse, is a critical care unit clinical educator at Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria, California. She and her colleagues are caring for many patients with COVID-19. Phillips switched from days to the overnight shift as COVID-19 patients began coming to Dignity Health's Marian Regional.
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For people who don't have an advance care directive, this quick form could be the next best thing

By NANCY FRAZIER O'BRIEN
April 15, 2020
Although National Healthcare Decisions Day has been marked on April 16 for more than a decade, its observance this year takes on a particular urgency due to the swift and sometimes deadly nature of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
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Hallway karaoke and bingo with call lights: Residential care centers get creative to keep residents engaged, connected

By LISA EISENHAUER
April 10, 2020
All group activities are canceled for now at Marguerite's House and the dining room of the 106-unit assisted living center, the combination barbershop/salon where residents could normally get a quick trim and the little shop where they could pick up a gift are closed.
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Housekeeping staff has a pivotal role in protecting patients, hospital colleagues

April 7, 2020
Caprisha Lacy has been part of the environmental service team at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, which is part of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, since December. Lacy is among the team members who are cleaning rooms where patients with COVID-19 have gotten care.
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Foundational principles should guide care decisions for COVID-19 patients, ethicists say

By LISA EISENHAUER
April 6, 2020
If the COVID-19 pandemic reaches the point where decisions have to be made about who gets limited resources, CHRISTUS Health care providers will strive to give patients who don't get scarce resources, such as ventilators, whatever treatment and comfort care is available.
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ArchCare pleads for personal protective equipment

System's chief executive says nursing homes should overprepare now for COVID-19
By JULIE MINDA
April 3, 2020
Based in New York City and operating long-term care sites there and in upstate New York, the ArchCare system is fighting to protect its patients and staff from COVID-19 spread in one of the hardest hit regions of the U.S.
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Health facilities turn to virtual visits to keep public at safe distance

Creativity, hand-written notes and video chats combat social isolation during epidemic
By LISA EISENHAUER
When Jeanette Vincelli turned 103 in mid-March, her family couldn't hold their usual gathering to honor their matriarch.
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Hospitals asking community for personal protective gear is 'unprecedented'

By NANCY FOWLER
The COVID-19 pandemic is prompting hospital organizations to seek supplies from a wildly unorthodox source: the public.

Some health care systems and individual hospitals are appealing directly to their communities for donations of unused and traditionally manufactured or homemade masks, as well as goggles, face shields, gowns, hand sanitizer and alcohol wipes.
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Providence public health expert warns public charge rule could worsen pandemic

By LISA EISENHAUER
The fact that the new "public charge" rule has been put in place just as the COVID-19 pandemic is spreading across the country is bad not only for immigrants affected by the policy but also for the public at large, a population health expert at Providence St. Joseph Health warns.
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Keeping Up

PRESIDENTS/CEOS
Scott Bruce to president and chief executive of St. Mary's Healthcare of Amsterdam, New York, effective July 1. He was the hospital's vice president of operations. He replaces Vic Giulianelli, who will retire July 1.
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PANDEMIC COVERAGE

June 3 – SCL Health shares tools it offers for employee mental health

June 1 – On whether to publicly identify COVID patients, Catholic ethicists can disagree

May 28 – Reasoned action is needed to restart clinical training for medical and nursing students, ethicists say

May 26 – Caregivers ride emotional roller coaster from heroic wins to devastating loss

May 21 – Rural physician takes a measure of himself in the shoals of the pandemic

May 20 – As pandemic makes staples scarce, health systems turn to suppliers near and far

May 19 – Trinity Health offers free COVID-19 testing in hard-hit areas in and near Detroit

May 18 – SSM Health put its staff wellness plan into high gear to cope with pandemic stress (updated May 19)

May 18 – Surveillance tools offer great promise, perils amid pandemic, ethicist says

May 15 – Commentary: COVID-19 amplifies already urgent need for solutions to homelessness

May 14 – Pandemic laid bare emerging and ongoing ethical dilemmas, say Providence ethicists

May 13 – Rural hospitals make contingency plans to account for, limit vulnerabilities

May 12 – Constraints of pandemic care are potential triggers of moral distress, ethicists say

May 11 – Hospitals see up to half their patients delaying ER visits, other health care, during the pandemic

May 8 – Nurse anesthetist goes right back to work when doctor gives all-clear after bout with COVID-19

May 7 – Emergency management and financial experts share tips on tapping COVID-19 federal assistance

May 7 – Crash course: Sully offers inspiration for applying organizational ethics in a pandemic

May 5 – Hospitals set up grocery stores, offer takeout meals for employees during pandemic

May 5 – A commentary: Health disparities in America are real

May 1 – After near-death bout with COVID-19, Mercy patient who got plasma treatment is almost ready to go home

May 1 – SSM Health DePaul partners with food bank for a healthier start to family life

April 30 – Sister, physician helps Houstonians ward off medical, socioeconomic ills

April 30 – Mercy critical care director focuses on healing the sickest of the sick

April 29 – Social workers and chaplains encouraged to innovate under pressure to meet needs of patients, families and staff

April 28 – Putting health workers first for some treatments amid pandemic is justifiable, ethicists say

April 27 – Catholic universities extend hand to Catholic hospitals, health care staff during pandemic

April 24 – Mercy St. Louis is using convalescent plasma in experimental COVID-19 treatment

April 23 – Resuscitation considerations go beyond patients amid pandemic, Catholic ethicists say

April 22 – Consistency, communication vital in addressing challenging protocol dilemmas

April 21 – Centura Health nurses come flying when New Jersey hospitals call for help

April 21 – Providence St. Joseph associates get quick access to mental health care amid pandemic

April 20 – Happy hours: Orthopedic surgeon lifts spirits by producing hand sanitizer at his vodka distillery

April 16 – As pandemic spreads, use of telehealth by clinicians and health systems surges

April 16 – ICU nurse creates relaxation spaces where COVID care providers can pause and breathe

April 15 – For people who don't have an advance care directive, this quick form could be the next best thing

April 14 – Sulmasy says it should be 'ethics as usual,' even in extraordinary times

April 10 – Hallway karaoke and bingo with call lights: Residential care centers get creative to keep residents engaged, connected

April 9 – HSHS home care staffers deliver 'Baskets of Blessings' for Easter

April 8 – Palliative care practitioners can stretch resources while defending the integrity of their specialty

April 7 – Housekeeping staff has a pivotal role in protecting patients, hospital colleagues

April 6 – Foundational principles should guide care decisions for COVID-19 patients, ethicists say

April 6 – SSM finds Costco partnership especially timely amid health emergency

April 3 – ArchCare pleads for personal protective equipment

April 2 – Iowa hospital asks visitors and patients to mask up to protect others

April 2 – Health facilities turn to virtual visits to keep public at safe distance

March 31 – Palliative care teams' expertise critical in COVID-19 preparations, response

March 26 – Shortfall Of Comfort Care Signals Undue Suffering For Coronavirus Patients

March 30 – Hospitals asking community for personal protective gear is 'unprecedented'

March 30 – PeaceHealth workers in Washington volunteer for duty at hard-hit private rehab center

March 27 – Providence St. Joseph moves to shore up supplies ahead of surge of COVID-19 patients

March 24 – Mass General disaster medicine specialist shares COVID-19 preparations and concerns

 

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