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Activists invite police, clinicians to get to know the locals in challenged Cleveland neighborhoods

By JULIE MINDA
When Barbara Anderson heard about a new "reverse ride-along" program in Cleveland a half dozen years or so ago, she was eager to participate. 
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PeaceHealth team makes connections for residents at Eugene, Oregon, shelters

By JULIE MINDA
Accessing medical and mental health care can feel like an insurmountable task for people who are unhoused and mired in addiction, mental illness or declining physical health. 
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Avera connects with African immigrants through community outreach consultants

By KATHLEEN NELSON
Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is one of the nation's fastest growing immigrant gateway cities, ranking on the U.S. Census Bureau's top 10 list in 2019 for immigrant population growth in cities with more than 100,000 residents.
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Transplant centers are adding organs from COVID-positive donors to supply

By LISA EISENHAUER
Dr. John A. Goss admits to having been a bit tense back in late 2021 when Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center in Houston decided to start using some organs from COVID-positive cadaver donors for transplants.
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Baylor St. Luke's transplant center ranks high in minority recipients

By LISA EISENHAUER
Eric Figueroa, a successful salsa and Latin jazz artist, producer, composer and family man, spent nine years on dialysis because of polycystic kidney disease, a genetic condition that shut down his kidneys.
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Subtract a canned good, add a canned good: little free pantry boxes are multiplying

By LISA EISENHAUERand KATHLEEN NELSON
It took a team to turn Laurie Camper's idea for erecting and stocking a little free pantry box near Mercy Health — St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima, Ohio, into reality. "I certainly could never have done this myself," says Camper, a registered nurse in the surgery department of the hospital.
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Medicaid 'unwinding' threatens chaos for insured and care providers

By LISA EISENHAUER
With the end of a congressional provision that had extended Medicaid coverage during the COVID-19 public health emergency, states are set to begin on April 1 what some Catholic health care leaders and Medicaid experts expect to be a chaotic and cumbersome process to redetermine the eligibility of the more than 90 million people currently enrolled in Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program.
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Ministry memory care facilities apply Montessori principles to increase resident engagement

By JULIE MINDA
Michelle Feller concedes that people who are accustomed to how things are usually done in memory care facilities may find the approaches used in the newest unit at ArchCare at Ferncliff Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center to be rather unorthodox.
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St. Luke's turns cameras on health care inequities in Houston

By LISA EISENHAUER
A video series being produced by St. Luke's Health is spotlighting the paradox faced by people who live near the Texas Medical Center in Houston but are unable to access most of its world-class services because they are uninsured or underinsured.
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CHA to launch online platform for conducting ministry identity assessments

By JULIE MINDA
In mid-February CHA will launch an online Ministry Identity Assessment platform that will streamline some of the processes of conducting a comprehensive evaluation of how well ministry systems and facilities manifest the Catholic health mission.
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Loyola bioethicist urges doctors to identify their biases in treating opioid-dependent patients

By JULIE MINDA
As doctors weigh treatment approaches for patients who are addicted to opioids, Mark Kuczewski thinks it is important that these clinicians acknowledge how their own biases influence care plans.
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CHA solicits member input on its first vision statement

CHA's mission "to advance the Catholic health ministry of the United States in caring for people and communities" is tightly connected to the association's core values of integrity, respect, excellence and stewardship.
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CHA's ReNew Year resources promote focus on well-being

CHA is offering resources to help its members start off the year by focusing on well-being.
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A driver navigates the Distracted Driver obstacle course

St. James program for new drivers mimics what it's like to drive impaired

By JULIE MINDA
Novice drivers are experiencing the perils of distracted and impaired driving — in a controlled setting — through a community benefit program of St. James Healthcare in Butte, Montana.
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Pope Benedict remembered as a scholar, devoted traditionalist

By LISA EISENHAUER
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who died Dec. 31 at the age of 95, is being remembered within the Roman Catholic Church and its health care ministry and among world leaders as a humble intellectual devoted to tradition.
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Sr. Juliana Casey, IHM, signs copies of her book

Sr. Casey pioneered in the fields of mission, leadership formation

Sr. Juliana Casey, IHM, died Dec. 29 under hospice care at the Monroe, Michigan, motherhouse of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. She was 82.
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PANDEMIC COVERAGE

Dec. 15, 2022 – After hiatus for pandemic, Saint Alphonsus restarts foot care clinic

Dec. 1, 2022 – Providence shifts Well Being Trust's focus inward

Dec. 1, 2022 – With policymakers focused on mental health, care providers hope for real change

Oct. 1, 2022 – HSHS Illinois hospitals offer 'warm handoff' to treatment for substance dependence

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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