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Catholic Health World


November 15, 2017  |  VOLUME 33, NUMBER 20


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Ministry advocates say sustained action is required

Goal is to defend health care gains, social programs against cuts

By JUDITH VANDEWATER

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The first 10 months of the Trump presidency brought back-to-back Republican-led attempts to repeal, replace or debilitate the Affordable Care Act. Although those efforts have largely been held at bay to date, and tax cut legislation has replaced health care as the principal focus of the Trump administration and Congress, issues on the congressional must-do list this year could have lasting negative impact on the ministry, on the health care finance system, and on low-income and otherwise vulnerable populations.
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In fight against addiction, Pennsylvania opens doors to those seeking recovery

By BETSY TAYLOR

PITTSBURGH — When Carmen Capozzi learned about his teenage son Sage's drug addiction from a health care provider, the father was told: You'd better get him help.

"There was no information," Carmen Capozzi said. "We didn't know what to do next." The family scrambled to get informed.
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Georgetown, Catholic University, CHA collaborate on Catholic Clinical Ethics degree program

Georgetown University, the Catholic University of America and CHA are collaborating on a new Catholic Clinical Ethics certificate and master's degree program to prepare leaders in Catholic health care to address ethical issues related to clinical treatments, genetics, biotechnology and society within the framework of Catholic moral tradition and teaching.

The organizations developed the program to address the clinical and moral implications of these issues across patient care, access, health management, ethical decision-making and policy development.
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Reaction to discovery of bones is a case study in cultural sensitivity

By DALE SINGER

When excavation work for a prayer garden at The Children's Hospital of San Antonio unearthed long-buried human remains, it also bared long-simmering resentments.
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In-person Vatican meetings prove key to 'friend-raising' for U.S. sponsors

By JULIE MINDA

Separated by an ocean, a six-hour or greater time difference and language barriers, it might have been very difficult for the pioneer public ministerial sponsors of Catholic health care in the U.S. to build rapport with Vatican officials to whom they report.
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Bringing inventive thinking to war on poverty, Sisters of Charity Foundation funds fellowship

By JULIE MINDA

Fresh, creative thinking has produced a dizzying array of products and services for the modern world. So, why can't such inventiveness be used to solve today's intractable social concerns?
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CHA book explores theological underpinnings of Catholic health care

CHA has published a book for people seeking to better understand the theological concepts underlying Catholic health care. The association developed the resource to assist ministry systems and facilities as they form their sponsors, executive leaders, board members, physicians and other staff.

Edited by Fr. Charles Bouchard, OP, CHA senior director of theology and ethics, Incarnate Grace: Perspectives on the Ministry of Catholic Health Care examines Catholic tenets of faith in the triune God; the theological foundation of the Catholic Church; the spiritual function of the seven sacraments; the church's health care ministry and the work of sponsors, especially as it relates to Catholic identity and its expression in health care.
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Keeping Up

PRESIDENTS/CEOS
Bruce Tassin to chief executive for KentuckyOne Health of Louisville, Ky. He will continue as president of Saint Joseph Hospital of Lexington, Ky. He will lead Kentucky-based operations of the recently expanded Southeast Operating Division for Catholic Health Initiatives, which is KentuckyOne's parent.
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