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With policymakers focused on mental health, care providers hope for real change

By LISA EISENHAUER
The federal government is allocating funding and drafting policy initiatives to address mental health and substance abuse at a rate that executives in the field within the Catholic health ministry extol as unprecedented, laudable and long overdue.
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In mountainous regions, ministry facilities ensure care access

From traumatic injuries in the Rockies to snakebites and overdoses in Appalachia, emergencies are as varied as the terrain

By JULIE MINDA
Throughout the year, emergency room clinicians at St. Anthony Summit Hospital in the heart of a Colorado Rockies recreation area stay busy tending to injuries of sportsmen and women whose adventures have turned into misadventures.  
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School district gets a hand from SSM Health hospital to take on 'period poverty'

By LISA EISENHAUER
Karen Green wasn't familiar with the concept of "period poverty" before the issue came up at a community event along with the idea for SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital — Midwest in Midwest City, Oklahoma, to fund dispensers to give away menstrual hygiene supplies in the local public schools. 
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Mercy in Baltimore pioneers alternate light sources as forensic tools

By LISA EISENHAUER
When the Sisters of Mercy equipped the forensic nursing team at the congregation-sponsored Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore with a top-of-the-line alternate light source unit about 18 years ago, Debra Holbrook says it put her and the hospital on track to become pioneers in the use of the technology. 
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Providence shifts Well Being Trust's focus inward

By LISA EISENHAUER
Dr. Arpan Waghray is leading a "strategic pivot" of the focus of Well Being Trust to address more meaningfully the needs of the communities within the seven states where Providence St. Joseph Health has hospitals and clinics. 
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Trinity Health expands reach in Iowa and Michigan markets

Trinity Health has acquired CommonSpirit Health's share of MercyOne to become sole owner of the regional system. A subsidiary, Trinity Health Michigan, has added its ninth hospital system.
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Mercy begins second phase of nearly $1 billion expansion in Northwest Arkansas

Mercy health system is beginning the second phase of a decade-long expansion of the services it offers in Northwest Arkansas.
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Brian Smith advanced the ministry's Catholic identity through mission leadership at CHA

Brian Smith, 64, CHA's vice president of sponsorship and mission services, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, Nov. 8, having fallen while on an afternoon walk near his apartment in suburban St. Louis. He was an influential thought leader in the Catholic health ministry and particularly dedicated to recruiting and mentoring the next generation of mission leaders for Catholic health care providers in the United States.
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Providence's Work2BeWell helps students navigate life's curves

Providence's Work2BeWell helps students navigate life's curves

By LISA EISENHAUER

The Work2BeWell posts on Instagram were what caught the attention of 17-year-old Melisa Shafiee. "They have a very colorful, vibrant social media account full of posts encouraging people to take care of themselves as well as do a bunch of other mental health practices," says Shafiee, a senior at Bellevue High School near Seattle.
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Sisters of Charity sharpens focus on wellness in challenged neighborhood

By LISA EISENHAUER
Even though the latest transformation within the Sisters of Charity Health System was driven by finances and evolving trends in health care delivery, executives involved said the shift aligns with how the system and its founding congregation have innovated to meet the changing needs of the Cleveland neighborhoods they have long served. 
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School-based clinics expand care access in Cincinnati and across the U.S.

School-based clinics expand care access in Cincinnati and across the U.S.

By PATRICIA CORRIGAN
On a recent Tuesday, nurse practitioner Rachael Doll conducted a hospital follow-up exam on a 6-month-old, tested a 65-year-old for hypertension, performed a hearing evaluation and vaccinated several students. Doll works in a primary care clinic located inside Sayler Park School, one of six school-based health centers in Cincinnati operated by Mercy Health, part of Bon Secours Mercy Health.
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Ministry facilities ease immigrants' access to health care, social services

Ministry facilities ease immigrants' access to health care, social services

By JULIE MINDA
Even for people born and raised in the U.S., the fragmented health care and social service systems can be very difficult to access and navigate. Refugees and immigrants of little means can have the added obstacles of limited English language proficiency and cultural, social and financial barriers when they are sick or struggling to meet their family's basic needs.
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Catholic relief groups work to address specific needs amid Ukrainian relief effort

Catholic relief groups work to address specific needs amid Ukrainian relief effort

By LISA EISENHAUER
As Catholic organizations continue to be deeply involved in the global effort to provide relief to people sheltering within Ukraine and refugees from that war-battered nation, some leaders of the effort are trying to help address specific needs that stand out amid the flow of humanitarian aid. 
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Blessed be the pets

Several hospitals across the ministry celebrated the Oct. 4 Feast of St. Francis of Assisi by hosting blessings for pets events in early October. St. Francis is considered the patron saint of animals because of his love of all creatures.
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PANDEMIC COVERAGE

Oct. 1, 2022 – HSHS Illinois hospitals offer 'warm handoff' to treatment for substance dependence

Aug. 1, 2022 – Inflation drives up need for food assistance

Aug. 1, 2022 – All-out effort at Mercy Oklahoma City saves mother of newborn

Aug. 1, 2022 – Health systems find plenty of reasons to play ball with pro franchises

July 2022 – CHRISTUS Health devises strategy to ease staff distress during COVID-19 and other crises
June 1, 2022 – Building global health capacity via virtual connections

June 1, 2022 – FMOLHS focuses on active listening and empathy for staff, patients

May 15, 2022 – Bon Secours Mercy Health supercharges advance care planning

April, 2022 – For long COVID patients, treatment spans specialties

April, 2022 – Colleagues offer practical aid to overstretched hospital units

March 15, 2022 – Pandemic-prompted surge in telehealth is here to stay, doctors predict

March 1, 2022 – Pandemic takes heavy toll on mental health of children

March 1, 2022 – Giving to ministry foundations by new and repeat donors is strong during pandemic

March 1, 2022 – SSM Health-affiliated autism center hosts 'sensory-friendly' vaccine clinic

Feb. 15, 2022 – Health ministry urges support for public health sector strained by COVID

Feb. 15, 2022 – Elderly pair parted by COVID get a final reunion at Covenant hospital

Feb. 1, 2022 – COVID omicron variant slams Catholic health care ministries in waves

Feb. 1, 2022 – Philadelphia nursing home captures COVID's impact in documentary

Jan. 2022 – Community health workers broker trust with medically underserved during pandemic

Jan. 2022 – Battling staff burnout with intentional care

Dec. 15 – Providence poet gives voice to COVID anguish

Dec. 15 – ArchCare trains Eucharistic ministers to assess fragile seniors as home visits resume

Dec. 1 – Actions speak volumes: Doctors' kids at front of line for pediatric COVID vaccine

Nov. 15 – Mercy nurse's kindness draws spotlight to family's COVID tragedy

Nov. 15 – Psychologist offers advice for turning stress of pandemic into personal growth

Nov. 15 – Pandemic compounds challenges for disaster planners

Nov. 1 – Health facilities ease patients' access to COVID-fighting treatment

Nov. 1 – Through personal battles with COVID, clinicians gained empathy

Nov. 1 – Dr. Ira Byock makes an ethical and business case for investing in palliative care

Oct. 1 – Late-summer surge in patients swamps some children's hospitals

Oct. 1 – COVID caseload surges strain facilities' capacity, test staff endurance

Oct. 1 – Bon Secours Mercy Health releases the hounds on COVID-19

Sept. 15 – Pediatricians address parents' fears about COVID vaccines for kids

Sept. 1 – PACE providers help keep fragile seniors safe during pandemic

Sept. 1 – Program treats needy for substance abuse that costs them dearly

Sept. 1 – Ministry systems commit to spend more with minority- and women-owned vendors

Aug. 15 – HSHS drive-thru lets patients access services without leaving their cars

Aug. 15 – Hospitals partner up to offer hospital-at-home services

Aug. 15 – Long-term care providers slowly recovering from pandemic’s financial hits

Aug. 15 – Care communities face stiff competition to meet their workforce needs

Aug. 1 – Require vaccinations or just encourage them? Systems are split on decision

Aug. 1 – Providence mines observations from patients to learn about COVID symptoms, impacts

June 15 – Brought together by pandemic, Colorado physician leaders hope to stay united

June 15 – Documentary captures trauma, resilience of COVID caregivers

June 15 – Health systems get creative to overcome vaccine barriers

June 1 – Health systems say virtual work is here to stay

June 1 – Ministry rallies to meet uptick in need for behavioral health care

June 1 – Hospitals rejoice as volunteers return to duty

May 15 – Mercy Oklahoma City keeps up relentless pace in race against virus

May 15 – Mercy Oklahoma City keeps up relentless pace in race against virus

May 15 – A year of pandemic: Workers share heartbreak, successes of COVID response

May 1 – Native American patients adapt spiritual practices to COVID realities

May 1 – Indigenous people have fared far worse in pandemic than white people

May 1 – Hugs, hand-holding: Long-term care opens up to more intimate visits

April – Catholic eldercare facilities cheer new guidance that more fully opens visitation

April – As end of eviction moratorium looms, advocates fear housing crisis will spike

April – Crew from Dell Children's braves storm to reach fragile newborn

March – Covenant Health marks pandemic's anniversary with focus on staff well-being

March 15 – Catholic health systems, partners tackle food insecurity close to home


March 15 – Health ministry, partners help contain virus spread among homeless

March 15 – Advocates work on acute and structural causes of food insecurity

March 1 – Playbook perfect: SCL Health vaccinates 5,000 at one event

March 1 – Pandemic adds to stress of patients with dementia and their caregivers

March 1 – CHA leads, members drive effort to end racism, health disparities

Feb. 15 – Doctor who treated first U.S. COVID patient reflects

Feb. 15 – Pandemic takes harsh toll on people isolated by dementia

Feb. 15 – As COVID symptoms linger, doctors search for causes, treatments

Feb. 15 – Ministry facilities aim to increase vaccine acceptance among people of color

Feb. 1 – In the spotlight: Clinicians champion public health safeguards

Jan. 22 – Ash Wednesday without ashes? CHA offers resources for COVID-safe observances

Jan. 2021 – Ministry facilities promote vaccination among staff

Jan. 2021 – Ministry systems promote vaccine acceptance among minority staff

Jan. 2021 – Ethicist says COVID vaccine plans align with Catholic teachings

Jan. 2021 – CHA enhances its well-being resources for ministry employees

Jan. 2021 – Commander of St. Louis task force leads drive to thwart pandemic

Jan. 2021 – Catholic health systems hop to it as massive vaccination effort begins

Dec. 15 – Adapt, celebrate: Catholic health facilities serve up holiday cheer

Dec. 11 – The pandemic's harsh toll on people with dementia deserves attention, expert says

Dec. 10 – As COVID admissions strain hospital capacity, chaplains must prioritize staff well-being, says mission leader

 

Dec. 1 – Ascension, CHRISTUS host virtual memorial services to honor deceased colleagues

Dec. 1 – Mercy Health team cautiously resumes parish nursing program

Nov. 30 – ICU nurse soldiers on at South Dakota hospital in thick of COVID surge

Nov. 20 – Leader of St. Louis regional pandemic task force warns of worse to come

Nov. 15 – ArchCare's Calvary offers grief support in the time of COVID-19

Nov. 1 – Providence St. Joseph Health study finds age, address, ethnicity are among COVID risk factors

Nov. 1 – ArchCare chief executive says system is fortified against another wave of coronavirus

Oct. 1 – Community benefit departments shift gears to respond to hard times

Sept. 23 – CHI Health pulmonologist says sticking to the fundamentals of ICU medicine saved lives of COVID patients

Sept. 22 – Eldercare facility staff guard against the consequences of isolation

Sept. 22 – With abundance of caution, care communities move toward welcoming visitors back

Sept. 8 – Dignity Health physician executive removes barriers to pandemic innovations

Sept. 4 – Interpreters help non-English speakers navigate the pandemic

Sept. 1 – For those resuming in-person school, ministry providers offer guidance, resources

Sept. 1 – Chaplains find patients searching for insights, open to deep spiritual conversations

Sept. 1 – Ministry chaplains lighten emotional, spiritual burdens of pandemic caregivers

Sept. 1 – In fire amid pandemic, Wisconsin eldercare workers rush to the rescue

Aug. 28 – Health system executives say much is being learned, shared as pandemic unfolds

Aug. 24 – Eldercare staff keep the good times rolling amid lockdowns

Aug. 18 – Pandemic alters delivery of sacraments in health care settings

Aug. 17 – Sound public health data is essential to safe school reopenings

Aug. 11 – Mercy, SSM Health open new hospitals amid pandemic

Aug. 10 – HSHS doctor describes COVID response as 'building an airplane' midflight

July 31 – CHI Health hosts 'virtual assembly' for teachers preparing to return to the physical classroom

July 30 – Isolation, loneliness take their toll during the COVID-19 pandemic

July 29 – Nurse bonded with families as liaison for patients with COVID-19 in ICU

July 27 – Hospital's meal program boosts spirits of givers and receivers

July 24 – Benedictine campus nursing director says values remain paramount in pandemic response

July 23 – Eldercare staff work conscientiously to protect residents from COVID-19, says infection preventionist

July 22   Catholic systems urge public to mask up for the sake of others

July 20 – Congregations find creative ways to support health ministry amid shutdowns

July 8 – Incarnate Word sisters aid asylum seekers at the southern border

July 7 – Four siblings care for patients and each other through the pandemic

June 30 – Allocation of scarce resources shouldn't shunt people with disabilities, ethicist says

June 23 – SSM Health neurosurgeon helps sound the alarm about stroke risk linked to pandemic

June 22 – Nursing homes can help counter pandemic’s toll on older Americans, ethicist says

June 18 – From Food Drives to Front Porches, Health Education and Outreach Prove Key to COVID Fight

June 15 – Nurse-ethicist-professor identifies most of all as healer

June 12 – Graf believes that everyone deserves a safe, affordable place to call home

June 11 – Casey ensures that medically fragile children get highly individualized emergency care

June 10 – CHRISTUS hospital in Texas opens drive-thru emergency room

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 27 – Trinity Health: Some changes wrought by the pandemic may be permanent and costly

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

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

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

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 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 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 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 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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