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Battling staff burnout with intentional care

By LISA EISENHAUER
The COVID-19 crisis has taken an especially harsh toll on the well-being of health care workers. For two years, hospital staff across the Catholic health ministry have treated wave after wave of seriously ill and dying patients, with little or no time to process their grief or regain their personal equilibrium.
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Health care executives unite to end assaults against staff

By LISA EISENHAUER
Ann Schumacher says she wasn't surprised by what participants in the roundtable discussion that kicked off the work of the American Hospital Association's Hospitals Against Violence advisory group shared about incidents of violence in their health care facilities.
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Sisters of Charity Foundation partners on housing complex for homeless youth

By JULIE MINDA
About 550 young adults sought homeless services including supportive housing slots and short-term rent subsidies in 2020 in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Many of them did not receive the housing or services they pursued.
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Community health workers broker trust with medically underserved during pandemic

By JULIE MINDA
Several months after Becky Betts began establishing a population health department for Providence St. Joseph Health's southeast Washington region, the pandemic exploded in and around Walla Walla, Washington.
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CHRISTUS community health workers aid in remote monitoring of COVID patients

By PATRICIA CORRIGAN
When COVID-19 escalated demands on health care providers in early 2020, CHRISTUS Health developed a remote patient monitoring program to aid uninsured or otherwise vulnerable patients discharged to manage the illness at home. Support teams that included community health workers distributed thermometers, oximeters and instructions for how to use a cell phone app and then monitored patients' conditions.
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HSHS founder dies at age 99; she was among pioneers in consolidating ministry

Sr. Marianna Kosior, OSF, died Dec. 11 at St. Francis Convent in Springfield, Illinois, at age 99. She led the founding of Hospital Sisters Health System of Springfield in 1978 and was the organization's first president, heading the system until her retirement in 1989.
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Bon Secours Mercy changes leadership structure for two Ohio markets

Bon Secours Mercy Health's Lorain, Ohio, and Youngstown, Ohio, markets are beginning the new year with a new cross-market leadership structure.
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Ministry providers aim to delight, honor employees this Christmastime

Some facilities are reviving traditions put on hold in 2020
By JULIE MINDA
Ministry leaders are hoping that the fun and merrymaking of the holiday season will lift the spirits of pandemic-weary clinicians and staff.
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Approaching Christmas 2021 with love, sadness and hope

By DR. RHONDA M. MEDOWS
2021–2022 Chairperson
CHA Board of Trustees
President of Population Health Management
Providence St. Joseph Health, Renton, Washington
Christmas has always been my favorite time of year because it's about birth, family, giving and coming together. This seems especially important for Christmas and the holidays this year.
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Providence poet gives voice to COVID anguish

By LISA EISENHAUER
Andie Daisley never thought of herself as a poet until the family of a patient lost to the pandemic asked her to help spread the word that "COVID is real."
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Initiatives offer map as care providers work to build trust with underserved communities

By LISA EISENHAUER
Even before the Association of American Medical Colleges officially launched its Center for Health Justice this fall, the staff of the nascent center was at work on an initiative focused on trust building through community engagement.
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ArchCare trains Eucharistic ministers to assess fragile seniors as home visits resume

By LISA EISENHAUER
As Our Lady of Sorrows Church in New York City was preparing this fall to restart its program of offering the sacrament of Holy Communion to the homebound, its pastor was aware that many of those parishioners had been isolated for the better part of two years.
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Author says fostering empathetic culture in workplace is 'ultimate win-win'

By LISA EISENHAUER
Being empathetic is not only good for humanity, it's good for business in the view of author and brand strategist Maria Ross.
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Mercy Health to build sixth Cincinnati-area hospital

Mercy Health – Cincinnati is building a $200 million, 60-bed hospital in Mason, Ohio, a city of about 34,700 people approximately 22 miles northeast of downtown Cincinnati. Mercy Health Kings Mills Hospital will be Mercy Health's sixth Cincinnati-area hospital. Mercy Health is part of Bon Secours Mercy Health.
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Actions speak volumes: Doctors' kids at front of line for pediatric COVID vaccine

By LISA EISENHAUER
Dr. David Basel, Avera Medical Group vice president of clinical quality, didn't hesitate when it came to getting his 8-year-old immunized for COVID-19.
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Nurses play essential role in efforts to advance health equity

Ministry nurses take on vaccine hesitancy, maternal health disparities, care access gaps
By JULIE MINDA
Since its beginnings, the Catholic health ministry has prioritized care of the poor and vulnerable. CHA and its members reaffirmed that commitment a year ago through the "We Are Called" initiative and the related pledge, "Confronting Racism by Achieving Health Equity."
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Holy Name teaches clinicians to take better care of Holocaust survivors

By RENEE STOVSKY
Felice Zimmern Stokes, 82, has been a volunteer at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, New Jersey, for 10 years, first working with children in the day care center and now assisting throughout the hospital.
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PANDEMIC COVERAGE

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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