Catholic Health World

September 15, 2017  |  VOLUME 33, NUMBER 16

Truck tips in hurricane

Preparedness pays off as ministry hospitals rally through hurricane


Florida and other southeastern U.S. states anxiously prepared for a potential hit from Hurricane Irma, the powerful storm that devastated islands throughout the Caribbean and was projected to hit Florida around Sept. 10. Catholic health systems and facilities were among the many in that state stocking up on supplies, readying their disaster response plans, ensuring staff members' preparedness, keeping in touch with emergency response agencies and securing buildings and equipment against potential damage.

"Hurricane Irma is now threatening Florida. … Bon Secours' operations in the St. Petersburg area are prepared to respond. We have already enacted our preparedness plan," Marriottsville, Md.-based Bon Secours Health System said in a statement, echoing similar assurances made by Florida ministries of Ascension and Trinity Health.


Workplace wellness matures beyond one-size-fits-all


As health care costs have risen in recent decades, workplace wellness programs have gained traction. Health care systems with lots of experience under their belts running workplace wellness programs succeed by tailoring their programs to meet employer and employee needs.

New ventures, like the creation of a spin-off from Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, seek to capitalize on robust demand for actionable data related to group health and wellness.


Sound of safety: Gong strike concentrates attention of cath team


The pre-procedure practice of taking a "time-out" to ensure clinicians verify the patient's name, the procedure about to be performed, patient allergies and other vital information is critical to patient safety, medical experts agree.


Grief over opioid deaths gets special attention at Lourdes Hospice


When parents outlive an adult child, the natural order of things gets upended. When the death is caused by an opioid overdose, the loss can be complicated by feelings of guilt over not having had the power to prevent it and chagrin over society's harsh judgment of addicts. With overdose now the leading cause of death in the U.S. in people under age 50, the number of stunned survivors continues to rise.


Bon Secours addresses poverty by teaching financial self-sufficiency

Services include financial counseling, tax preparation, benefit screening


Corrina Sabedra hit financial bottom in 2014. She'd had a part-time job as a phlebotomist — and had just finished orientation for a new full-time job also as a phlebotomist, making about $37,000 a year. But, pneumonia and a pulmonary embolism landed the single mother of a 5-year-old boy in the hospital for about two months.


'Shop with Your Doc' puts nutrition experts in grocery aisles


Many people who want to eat healthier don't know how. Some want to lose weight, but often choose low-fat foods that are high in sugar. Those who read food labels may find them confusing.

Concerned about these situations — plus the high incidence of obesity in Orange County, Calif. — St. Joseph Hoag Health in Irvine initiated "Shop with Your Doc," a program that stations doctors, nurses and registered dietitians in local grocery stores to help shoppers.

Three Trinity hospitals plan to join Cooper University Health Care

Three New Jersey Trinity Health hospitals and their related care sites say they plan to become part of Cooper University Health Care. Lourdes Health System, which includes Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden and Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County, along with St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton, are expected to join Cooper University Health Care.

Cooper University Health Care operates Cooper University Hospital, an academic medical center that is affiliated with Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. That hospital is located about a mile from the 340-bed Our Lady of Lourdes in Camden.

w170915_SrKathyGreen-aSr. Kathy Green, RSM, praised for kindness, humor and leadership

Sr. Kathy Green, RSM, chief mission and values officer for Mercy Health in Cincinnati, died at her suburban Cincinnati home Aug. 28 at age 68.

John Starcher, Mercy Health president and chief executive, said of Sr. Green in a statement, "Her kindness, intelligence, sense of humor and boundless generosity remain a guiding light for Mercy Health and the many colleagues who count her as a friend.


Keeping Up

Asha Rodriguez to president of CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital — Westover Hills in San Antonio, from administrator of CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital — Medical Center in San Antonio.

Gayle Trupiano to president and chief executive of Ascension Living, the senior services ministry of Ascension, effective Sept. 11. She was vice president of performance excellence.