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Catholic hospitals part of national effort to increase organ donation among people of color

By JULIE MINDA
As a bedside nurse, Vernette Townsend has held the hands of transplant candidates as they learned that they had been matched to a donor organ and she's cared for patients who would die waiting for an organ. "I will never forget those moments," she says.
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Providence hospital's perinatal program supports women with chronic mental health conditions

By PATRICIA CORRIGAN
The "baby blues" — mild depression that occurs in about half of new mothers — is well known, and post-partum depression, a more serious condition, has gained more attention in recent years.
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Loyola Medicine Asylum Clinic opens doors for persecuted migrants

Employer-funded clinic's easy access, low cost and on-point services include 'proactive wellness' programs

By LISA EISENHAUER
The Loyola Medicine Asylum Clinic that opened this spring is helping migrants who fear harm in their home country make their cases for legal, protective residency in the United States. 
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With just a whiff of mom on flannel dolls, preemies are soothed

By LISA EISENHAUER
When the neonatal intensive care unit team at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, Oregon, decided about a decade ago to research how to advance their care of micro-preemies, Kati Knudsen says one finding that repeatedly popped up was how comforting maternal scent is. 
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SSM Health clinic is partnership with Wisconsin city, school district

By LISA EISENHAUER
Michele Vollmer is a regular at the wellness clinic she has access to as an employee of the Sun Prairie Area School District in Wisconsin. 
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Centura grant program aims to advance social justice, health equity

By JULIE MINDA
Through its Health Equity & Advancement Fund, Centura Health aims to promote social justice, with a focus on health equity in its communities.
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CHRISTUS expands capacity of mission-minded printing plant

By LISA EISENHAUER
Del Shankle is particularly proud that the award given to CHRISTUS Print Services this summer by a trade organization wasn't for a pretty brochure or for hitting a production milestone.
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Health systems find plenty of reasons to play ball with pro franchises

By LISA EISENHAUER
When he became head sports physician at Missouri State University in his hometown of Springfield and where he had been a standout slugger and infielder in his college years, Dr. Brian Mahaffey says he met his career aspirations.
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Truveta says its platform could speed medical research, inform treatment decisions

By JULIE MINDA

"Saving Lives with Data."

It is a bold vision statement. Truveta, a health system-led company, says the integrated health data platform it is building will help save lives.
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Inflation drives up need for food assistance

By LISA EISENHAUER
During the worst days of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank set up distribution events that drew up to 2,000 people to claim a bag of groceries.
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Ministry clinicians help new parents navigate baby formula shortages

Impact of scarcity is falling hard on Black, low-income and rural families

By JULIE MINDA
National baby formula shortages that began early this year have abated slightly but remain a concern for new parents across the U.S.
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All-out effort at Mercy Oklahoma City saves mother of newborn

By LISA EISENHAUER
Keeping Courtney Elliott alive during a COVID-19 nightmare that started just after New Year's Day and stretched into mid-March took an all-hands-on-deck effort at Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City. 
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Catholic Health aids community members, employees traumatized by mass shooting

By JULIE MINDA

The May 14 racially motivated mass shooting that left 10 Black people dead traumatized the Buffalo, New York, community. Buffalo's Catholic Health system has been helping people process their shock and grief and overcome practical challenges that have arisen in the tragedy's wake.
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CHA leaders brief the Roman Curia on the U.S. Catholic health ministry

Leaders of the executive committee of the CHA Board of Trustees visited the Vatican in late June to share their perspectives on the issues impacting Catholic health care in the U.S. with officials from four dicasteries within the Roman Curia.
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One CommonSpirit system expands, another plans replacement hospital

CommonSpirit Health system's Centura Health has acquired hospitals in Colorado and Kansas and its CHI Memorial system announced plans to build a replacement hospital in northwest Georgia.
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SLUCare Physician Group becomes part of SSM Health in St. Louis

SSM Health has taken over ownership of SLUCare Physician Group from Saint Louis University, bringing 1,200 new providers, including about 600 who are academic physicians, into its fold.
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Keeping Up

PRESIDENTS AND CEOS
Aaron Puchbauer to president and chief executive, HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese, Illinois, from president and chief executive of HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville, Illinois.
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PANDEMIC COVERAGE

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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