Catholic Health World Current Issue

January 15, 2017  |  VOLUME 33, NUMBER1



Editor's note: With Republicans laying the groundwork to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, CHA is urging legislators to put people above politics and proceed in a way that preserves and ultimately broadens health care access. Beginning in this issue and extending for several issues, Catholic Health World is publishing profiles of individuals whose lives have been improved by ACA-enabled health insurance coverage. Those stories will be compiled on the CHA website. We invite ministry members to contribute patient profiles of their own to this project and to use the stories to reach out to legislators with the message that health insurance matters to the dignity, quality of life and well-being of individuals and families. To contribute profiles, or suggest individuals for profiles, please email


Marketplace insurance gives Texas minister access to medications


Trevon Buchanan of Texarkana, Texas, needs a lot of stamina and pep to keep up with his full life. The married father of four is a youth minister at Texarkana's Westside Church of Christ, where he directs summer camps, weekend retreats and mission work with energetic children.


Vulnerable populations wonder what is ahead given potential for repeal of health reform


Insurance enrollment counselors who work with low-income people are used to hearing heartfelt "thank-yous" when they help their clients sign up for insurance. But it isn't every day a counselor also receives the promise of delicious eats.


Hospital admissions supervisor uses ACA insurance as bridge into retirement


Trudy McCarty, 63, isn't afraid of hard work. She was 15 years old when she started working, but come Feb. 28, she's retiring from her position as an admissions supervisor for same-day surgery at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, La.

Webinar explores ethical concepts at play in population health


Health systems pursuing a population health approach to care for their patients face ethical challenges that are distinct from those they've encountered in the past. Yet, those striving to both define and ultimately resolve these challenges can find guideposts in Catholic moral tradition.

Fr. Michael Rozier, a Jesuit and health management and policy doctoral candidate at the University of Michigan, presented a webinar for CHA on Oct. 25 called "Preparing for the Ethics of Population Health: Our Moral Tradition Considered Anew."

People define population health differently, he said. A common definition is beneficial, so that those working on population health are able to communicate clearly about how to make such an approach work most effectively for those they serve.


Mercy health system bolsters physician wellness


Dr. Eugene William Kennen Jr. says that earlier in his career as an orthopedic surgeon, he was a poster child for physician burnout. 

Practicing at a for-profit hospital in Pennsylvania at the time, he was treating a high volume of patients, with continual pressure to increase that load.

Lourdes marks 100 years in Washington

Six Sisters of St. Joseph traveled from Lewiston, Iowa, to the frontier town of Pasco, Wash., via the Northern Pacific Railroad in the summer of 1916 to address the medical needs of people in southern Washington's Mid-Columbia region, which at the time had no hospital.

Together with Pasco physicians and citizens, the sisters established Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in leased space in a two-story hotel that community volunteers transformed into a hospital. Businesses helped furnish the rooms. Physicians donated $500 worth of medical equipment and their wives raised $182 in donations. The broader Pasco community contributed an additional $800. Women from Pasco pitched in to scrub down the hotel, set up beds and prepare for the Sept. 24 opening.


CHI Franciscan plans $530 million-plus investment in Western Washington

System also advances clinical, mental health partnerships


CHI Franciscan Health will invest more than $530 million in its health care facilities in Western Washington's Puget Sound area. Plans call for the system to dismantle its campus in Bremerton, overhaul its campus in Silverdale and expand its campus in Gig Harbor.


Keeping Up

CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System of San Antonio and its CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – Medical Center in San Antonio have announced these changes: Dr. Ian Thompson Jr. to president of CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – Medical Center and vice president of the market oncology service line for the CHRISTUS Santa Rosa region. Thompson had directed the Cancer Therapy and Research Center at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Asha Rodriguez to administrator of CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – Medical Center, from assistant administrator of that facility and of another CHRISTUS Santa Rosa hospital.