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July 1, 2016  |  VOLUME 32, NUMBER 12


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Fr. Boyle challenges care providers to ‘be in kinship’ with care recipients

By JULIE MINDA

ORLANDO, Fla. — The founder of the world's largest gang intervention program told attendees at the Catholic Health Assembly last month that the "only praise I think God has any interest in, is 'that you may be one.' That we inch our way to the margins to enter into relationship with others and allow ourselves to be reached by them."

Fr. Gregory Boyle, SJ, founder and executive director of the decades-old Homeboy Industries, sprinkled his address on the closing day of the gathering with witty anecdotes about street attitude and the poignant life stories of gang members he has known, employed and befriended. He offered insights into the human condition and a spirituality seated in an appreciation of what can be learned in honest, raw encounters with others, particularly those on society's margins.

Fr. Boyle has spent nearly 30 years working with some of Los Angeles' most hardened gang members, to help them get the services, job training, jobs and care they need to exit a life of crime. "Fifteen thousand folks a year walk through our doors trying to reimagine their lives," he said.
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Think 'upstream' to improve health in the United States

By BETSY TAYLOR

ORLANDO, Fla. — Dr. Steven Woolf, a family medicine physician and social epidemiologist trained in public health, encouraged his audience at the Catholic Health Assembly to explore how support of education, opportunities for good jobs with potential for income advancement and better neighborhood environments can lead to healthier communities and individuals.
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Catholic health ministry serves with mercy and compassion

By ROBERT J. HENKEL
2016-2017 Chairperson
CHA Board of Trustees
President and chief executive, Ascension Health, and executive vice president,
Ascension, St. Louis 

At two small, rural health clinics, a story is told that I believe is a wonderful metaphor for Catholic health care in the United States.
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Author Kathleen Norris says meaningful encounter requires trust, humility, respect

By MARY ANN STEINER

ORLANDO, Fla. — Best-selling author and acclaimed poet Kathleen Norris was the opening keynote speaker at the Catholic Health Assembly here. Norris, who has been a Benedictine oblate for 30 years, is known for such spiritual classics as Dakota: A Spiritual Geographyand The Cloister Walk. As is her custom, she opened her remarks with the reading of a poem.
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CHA stands with the people of Orlando

By SR. CAROL KEEHAN, DC
CHA president and chief executive officer

In early June, nearly 800 members and friends of CHA met in Orlando, Fla., for our annual assembly. The people of Orlando were incredibly gracious and supportive of our event and it is so easy to see what a welcoming city Orlando is. We could see and feel that it is a city that specializes in giving people a good time and creating memorable vacations.
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Providence respite program gives homeless patients a place to heal

By KIM VAN OOSTEN
Photos by CHRIS RYAN

SPOKANE, Wash. — It's nearly 1 p.m. here at the House of Charity on a rainy, cold day. For the fourth time the announcement to collect personal items before the facility closes for the afternoon is heard by the hundred or more homeless people still accessing showers, laundry, haircutting, counseling and medical clinic services in the bustling building. 
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CHA chief executive promises continued fight for quality health care for all

By JULIE MINDA

ORLANDO, Fla. — In remarks on the closing day of the Catholic Health Assembly here, CHA's president and chief executive officer acknowledged the challenges facing the ministry and the country and affirmed that CHA will "continue to work to preserve our ability to deliver the quality health care that our ministry is known for."
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Society should rethink how it views aging, says longevity expert

By JULIE MINDA

ORLANDO, Fla. — Significantly more people are living into old age today than at any other time in human history. This dramatic demographic shift is having a transformational impact on societal norms, retirement planning, allocation of resources and cultural expectations. 
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Looking to the future with fidelity to mission, leadership formation

By Sr. Judith Ann Karam, CSA
2015-2016 Chairperson
CHA Board of Trustees
Congregational leader
Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine
Richfield, Ohio

"And what is so rare as a day in June?
Then, if ever, come perfect days;
Then Heaven tries earth if it be in tune,
And over it softly her warm ear lays"
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CHI involves facility-level experts in merger talks early on

By JULIE MINDA

ORLANDO, Fla. — In completing a merger or acquisition, some organizations focus so heavily on the legal aspects of the transaction that they fail to involve in the planning the people who will implement the deal at the local level. 
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Sr. Barbara Moore, CSJ, shepherded historic change in society, ministry sponsorship

By KATHLEEN NELSON

Sr. Barbara Moore, CSJ, is a trailblazer. The first African-American woman to join the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, she participated in the historic voting rights march in Selma, Ala. She began her health care career as a hospital nurse and rose to become dean of a nursing college before leaving academia to work directly with underprivileged women and children.
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Crumley nurtures a culture in which deaf seniors feel at home

By PAMELA SCHAEFFER

There are people who are effective and efficient. There are people who have great interpersonal skills and are fun to work with. There are people who meet challenges with creativity.

And then there's Molly Crumley, the recipient of the 2016 Sister Concilia Moran Award.
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CHA honors young leaders for contributions to ministry

By JULIE MINDA

CHA celebrated young executives making a significant contribution to the Catholic health ministry by awarding its "Tomorrow’s Leaders" recognition to 10 up-and-coming men and women. It is the sixth consecutive year for the award. 
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Presence Health's staff and volunteer visits support elders aging in place

By JULIE MINDA

ORLANDO, Fla. — A program from Chicago's Presence Health enables homebound elderly to remain in their homes even as their health is declining. Two staff members and a corps of volunteers visit the elders regularly to address a wide variety of needs.
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Set clear goals, measures to achieve results from C-suite to bedside

By BETSY TAYLOR

ORLANDO, Fla. — Bon Secours Health System has created a system-wide approach to drive clinical transformation, drawing from a strategic plan to ensure quality and taking steps to promote consistent adherence to evidence-based practices in core clinical areas.
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Ascension moves to provide patients greater pricing transparency

By BETSY TAYLOR

ORLANDO, Fla. — Patients want predictive pricing — or the ability to understand with some degree of certainty what it will cost to receive services before they actually do — said two Ascension executives leading an Innovation Forum at the Catholic Health Assembly last month.
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Integrated technology improves patient, staff satisfaction at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland

By VICKI ALLEN

Dr. Fabian Fregoli recalls a patient who took off her oxygen mask to get out of bed to go to the restroom. As her oxygen level dropped, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland's innovative monitoring and communications system alerted her nurse, who rushed to the room and returned the patient safely to her bed and oxygen.
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Cuddlers soothe newborns withdrawing from opiates at Mercy Anderson

A cadre of volunteers at Mercy Health — Anderson Hospital are holding newborns withdrawing from opiates and other drugs to calm the babies, and help them settle themselves to eat, sleep and grow.

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Keeping Up

PRESIDENTs/CEOs 
William P. Thompson plans to retire in 2017 as president and chief executive of St. Louis-based SSM Health. The system's board of directors will engage a search firm to conduct a national search for his successor.

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