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Our Lady of the Lake leads dramatic change in Baton Rouge with 'opt-out' HIV testing

ACHIEVEMENT CITATION

By LISA EISENHAUER
A simple, stigma-reducing approach to HIV testing at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center is lowering the rate of transmission of HIV and hepatitis C in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
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Better together: Sr. Doris Gottemoeller, RSM, unified hospitals and her congregation

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

By MARY DELACH LEONARD
When Sr. Doris Gottemoeller, RSM, entered religious life 67 years ago, she was drawn to the Sisters of Mercy by their wide-ranging work in education, health care, social work and foreign missions.
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Offering a hand-up, Ross cultivates hope in beleaguered West Baltimore

SISTER CAROL KEEHAN AWARD

By RENEE STOVSKY
One of Dr. Samuel L. Ross' favorite quotations is this: "Hope has two beautiful daughters; their names are Anger and Courage. Anger at the way things are, and Courage to see that they do not remain the same." (St. Augustine of Hippo)
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Starcher injects inventiveness, community focus into faith-based health care

SISTER CONCILIA MORAN AWARD

By NANCY FRAZIER O'BRIEN
John M. Starcher Jr. was in a high school history class learning about the baby boom generation when he decided that health care would be his chosen career path.
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Emerging leaders find deep purpose in advancing ministry's mission

TOMORROW'S LEADERS

By KATHLEEN NELSON
Sharp intellect, a strong work ethic, emotional intelligence, resourcefulness and enthusiasm are qualities that the 2021 honorees in CHA's Tomorrow's Leaders program have in common. Each has traveled a distinctive path to advance and secure the mission of Catholic health care. This year, the program spotlights 11 dedicated individuals, age 40 or younger at the time of their nomination, who use their exceptional talents to strengthen Catholic health care.
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Health systems get creative to overcome vaccine barriers

By LISA EISENHAUER
When data showed that vaccine rates were low in a neighborhood of mostly Black residents compared to the rest of the mostly white St. Louis suburb of Kirkwood, the Communities Disparities Council of Mercy zeroed in on those residents.
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Chicago hospital brings the community into its vaccine outreach

By LISA EISENHAUER
Saint Anthony Hospital has taken to the streets to fulfill its mission of getting the community it serves on the west and southwest sides of Chicago vaccinated against COVID-19.
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Ministry recruits from outside health care to spark innovation

By JULIE MINDA
Aaron Martin was satisfied with the success he was enjoying, the team he was leading and the career goals he was accomplishing as director of Kindle and Print on Demand for Amazon.
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Dignity Health grant addresses mental distress among minority youth in Southern California

A top goal is to stem distress related to cultural trauma
By JULIE MINDA
In a podcast posted by the Orange County, California, chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, high school senior Abu Iqbal describes going through dark periods when he felt his life was meaningless.
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Documentary captures trauma, resilience of COVID caregivers

By LISA EISENHAUER
In one scene in the documentary "Behind the Mask: Stories of the COVID-19 Pandemic," a nurse at SSM Health DePaul Hospital in suburban St. Louis talks about the toll that caring for patients with the virus has taken on her and her colleagues.
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App relates local Black history as it gets Eugene moving

PeaceHealth Oregon and Eugene's marathon presenter promote racial justice and physical fitness
By JULIE MINDA
When organizers and the lead sponsor had to cancel the annual Eugene, Oregon, marathon last year because of the threat of COVID-19 spread, they found a way to keep people moving.
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Brought together by pandemic, Colorado physician leaders hope to stay united

By LISA EISENHAUER
Two doctors who are part of a group of medical leaders in Colorado that has been jointly confronting the COVID-19 pandemic are hopeful the collaboration among competitors will continue long after the virus is vanquished.
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Trinity Health acquires majority stake in Premier urgent care company

Trinity Health of Livonia, Michigan, has acquired a majority stake in the urgent care manager Premier Health of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
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CHRISTUS takes majority stake in Central Louisiana Surgical Hospital

CHRISTUS Health has finalized a joint venture with Alexandria, Louisiana-based Central Louisiana Surgical Hospital to take a majority stake in the facility.
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U.S. Catholic health systems among those aiding countries hit by COVID outbreaks

Overseas providers in desperate need of funding, oxygen supplies, PPE
By JULIE MINDA
Mid-spring brought crisis levels of coronavirus infections to several countries around the world that were under-resourced and unprepared to ward off outbreaks and treat the sick.
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Ministry rallies to meet uptick in need for behavioral health care

Pandemic stressors drive increased depression, anxiety, substance abuse
By JULIE MINDA
During the long pandemic, there has been widespread fear of contagion, death and grief, isolation, economic stress from job loss, emotional pain and outrage over police and vigilante killings of Black Americans and angst over civil unrest and political strife.
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Health systems say virtual work is here to stay

Once seen as a temporary fix, remote work could become permanent option for many workers
By LISA EISENHAUER
For tens of thousands of nonclinical staff members at Catholic health systems, the COVID-19 pandemic may have brought a permanent end to work life as they knew it.
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Hospitals rejoice as volunteers return to duty

New rules are in place to keep community helpers safe as the pandemic lingers
By LISA EISENHAUER
While she was sidelined from her volunteer duties at Flaget Memorial Hospital in Bardstown, Kentucky, last summer, Rita Carter experienced the hospital as a patient.
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Issues raised in 'Toxic' movie parallel experiences of CHRISTUS executive

By LISA EISENHAUER
The grim experiences depicted in the movie Toxic: A Black Woman's Story hit close to home for Kimberly King Webb, senior vice president and chief human resources officer for CHRISTUS Health.
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A year of pandemic: Workers share heartbreak, successes of COVID response

By LISA EISENHAUER
The COVID-19 pandemic has made the last year one like no other for health care workers. The scope of the illness has pushed hospitals' capacities to their limits and tested the endurance of their staffs.
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Providence hospital grows its own certified nurse assistants

Chewelah hospital has trained about 1,000 CNAs, many of whom go on to careers in health care
By PATRICIA CORRIGAN
A nursing assistant certification program at Providence St. Joseph's Hospital in Chewelah, Washington, is changing lives, one family at a time, even during the global pandemic.
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Mercy Oklahoma City keeps up relentless pace in race against virus

By LISA EISENHAUER
When the first doses of vaccine arrived, Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City was in the throes of a COVID-19 patient surge. At one point, patients with COVID occupied almost half its 379 beds.
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Ascension introduces newscast to cheer on — and thank — associates

By MARY DELACH LEONARD
The premiere episode of the Good Day Ascension Newscast in January opened with photos and videos of caregivers from across the health care organization flexing their vaccinated arms in relief and celebration after receiving COVID-19 vaccines.
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'It's been a great run': Saint Francis Health System president to retire

By LISA EISENHAUER
Jake Henry Jr. is retiring this summer from a career in Catholic health care that spans four decades.

June 30 will be his last day as president and chief executive of Saint Francis Health System, based in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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Sr. Mary Haddad appointed to Vatican office

Pope Francis has appointed Sr. Mary Haddad, RSM, to membership in the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. This Vatican office focuses on health care, immigration, charitable works and climate change to promote the well-being and flourishing of the human family worldwide.
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CHA expands job board, makes access easier

CHA has revamped its online job board in hopes of making the site the go-to location for openings across the Catholic health ministry.

The CHA Career Center allows employers to post descriptions about open positions directly to the site, something that previously had been done only by CHA staff. Any position within a health care system can be posted.
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Ethics frame how Catholic systems make care decisions for unrepresented patients

By LISA EISENHAUER
In her early days as a medical ethicist just over 15 years ago, Leslie Kuhnel remembers getting one or two requests per year for consultations regarding patients who lacked decision-making capacity and had no known surrogate to speak on their behalf about their care.
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CHI Health sets systematic review process for voiceless patients

By LISA EISENHAUER
At CHI Health hospitals, the Unrepresented Patient Ethics Review Process is activated as soon as a care team member (usually a social worker or care manager) identifies a patient as unrepresented.
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Indigenous people have fared far worse in pandemic than Caucasians

Ministry providers support efforts to reduce COVID's impact on American Indians
By JULIE MINDA
American Indians have suffered far worse health outcomes and experienced much higher mortality rates from COVID than Caucasians.
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Native American patients adapt spiritual practices to COVID realities

By JULIE MINDA
Staff at ministry facilities that serve relatively large populations of Native Americans say that they have been aiming during the pandemic, as in usual times, to accommodate spiritual and cultural practices and preferences of their Native American patients.
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Hugs, hand-holding: Long-term care opens up to more intimate visits

By JULIE MINDA
While most residents of Benedictine Living Community | Garrison, North Dakota, had been troubled by the visitation lockdowns that were necessary to prevent viral spread during the pandemic, a particular resident had an especially difficult time with the isolation.
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In CHRISTUS MUGUERZA leadership program, women gain skills, confidence to advance

Course is increasing gender diversity in management ranks
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JULIE MINDA
About five years ago, executives at the CHRISTUS MUGUERZA system in Mexico saw that women were underrepresented in the leadership ranks of the system and its facilities and that when management opportunities did open up, very few women applied.
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Bioethicists have duty to provide guidance, archbishop says

By LISA EISENHAUER
The role of the Catholic bioethicist does not end at sharing theories and reviewing options on ethical conundrums, in the view of Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney.
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Love thy neighbor, get vaccinated, CHA and other Catholic organizations urge

CHA has joined a coalition of more than 30 Catholic organizations urging Americans to get vaccinated as an act of charity and solidarity with others that will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and build immunity against the virus.
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De-identified medical records data is big asset for health systems

Big data analytics may unlock new approaches to treatments

By LISA EISENHAUER
Had there been a global analysis and mapping network for health data similar to the networks for weather data that can forecast and track major threats such as hurricanes, Dr. Amy Compton-Phillips believes the warning signs about COVID-19 would have been on radar screens much earlier.
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Crew from Dell Children's braves storm to reach fragile newborn

By LISA EISENHAUER
Zaylynn Arias came into the world with the odds stacked against her.
She arrived after just 23 weeks of gestation, 16 weeks shy of her due date and weighing only 22 ounces.
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Health care climate alliances concentrate on state-level change in California, Washington

By RENEE STOVSKY
"Climate change is no longer a distant threat," says Rachelle Reyes Wenger, system vice president, public policy and advocacy engagement for CommonSpirit Health.
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As end of eviction moratorium looms, advocates fear housing crisis will spike

By LISA EISENHAUER
CHA and other housing advocates worry that once a federal eviction moratorium in place for most of the COVID-19 pandemic is lifted, the nation's housing crisis will hit a new peak.
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Loyola gets grant to improve maternity and perinatal mental health screening, care

Program is focused on minority and underserved women at higher risk of poor health outcomes

By LISA EISENHAUER
A pilot program underway at Loyola University Medical Center aims to improve the process for identifying mental health needs in expectant and new mothers and to smooth those mothers' paths to treatment.
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Covenant Health marks pandemic's anniversary with focus on staff well-being

March 11 was the one-year anniversary of the World Health Organization's declaration that the COVID-19 outbreak was a global pandemic. Since then, in the U.S. alone, there have been more than 29 million COVID cases and more than half a million deaths.
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Advocates work on acute and structural causes of food insecurity

By JULIE MINDA
As employers have shut down or scaled back their businesses because of pandemic impacts, job insecurity has increased, with low-wage, hourly workers impacted most.
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Catholic health systems, partners tackle food insecurity close to home

By JULIE MINDA
With the onset of the pandemic, many people joined the ranks of the food insecure and social service agencies scrambled to meet the increased demand for food aid.
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Hospice patients maintain the bond with their furry or feathered friends through Pet Peace of Mind

By KATHLEEN NELSON
For a hospice patient living alone, the companionship and unconditional love of a pet can add a layer of comfort and emotional support at a trying time.
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Avera Health puts rural women in close touch with diabetes educators, nutritionists

By PATRICIA CORRIGAN
It can be difficult to monitor and manage patients with gestational diabetes who live in remote rural areas, but Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell, South Dakota, has developed a telemonitoring program so successful that it has expanded it throughout the state.
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Playbook perfect: SCL Health vaccinates 5,000 at one event

By LISA EISENHAUER
When Colorado Gov. Jared Polis asked SCL Health in January to lead a one-day mass vaccination event for some of the residents of the state who were most vulnerable to COVID-19, Lydia Jumonville, the system's president and chief executive, says there was no hesitation.
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Brennan was Providence's first lay chief and Ascension's first chief

Don Brennan died Feb. 12 at age 83. His career in health care and insurance administration spanned 40 years, with half that time in Catholic health care leadership and governance.
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Holy Redeemer rebrands as Redeemer Health

Holy Redeemer Health System is changing its name to Redeemer Health and adopting a new logo.

The health system based in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, serves southeastern Pennsylvania and 12 counties in New Jersey.
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Catholic health care works to reverse worrisome dip in children's health insurance coverage

By LISA EISENHAUER
Statistics show a troubling trend for children nationwide: more of them have no health insurance.
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CHA leads, members drive effort to end racism, health disparities

By LISA EISENHAUER
A membership-driven initiative being led by CHA is addressing systemic racism and its effects, both within Catholic health care and throughout the communities that Catholic health ministries serve by taking steps to end health and social disparities.
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Keeping Up

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LaNell Scott to president of CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi – South in Corpus Christi, Texas. She was interim president.
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PANDEMIC COVERAGE

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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