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Playbook perfect: SCL Health vaccinates 5,000 at one event

By LISA EISENHAUER
When Colorado Gov. Jared Polis asked SCL Health in January to lead a one-day mass vaccination event for some of the residents of the state who were most vulnerable to COVID-19, Lydia Jumonville, the system's president and chief executive, says there was no hesitation.
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Catholic health care works to reverse worrisome dip in children's health insurance coverage

By LISA EISENHAUER
Statistics show a troubling trend for children nationwide: more of them have no health insurance.
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CHA leads, members drive effort to end racism, health disparities

By LISA EISENHAUER
A membership-driven initiative being led by CHA is addressing systemic racism and its effects, both within Catholic health care and throughout the communities that Catholic health ministries serve by taking steps to end health and social disparities.
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In ministry affinity groups, women build up their careers, capabilities

By JULIE MINDA
When employees are more engaged in their workplace, they are more productive, deliver better outcomes and are more likely to stay with an organization.
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In-house entrepreneurs ready Providence's third incubated company for spin-off

By JULIE MINDA
This quarter, Providence St. Joseph Health's digital innovation unit is launching DexCare, the third company that it has incubated for spin-off.
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Pandemic adds to stress of patients with dementia and their caregivers

By LISA EISENHAUER
As if the illness and deaths caused by COVID-19 weren't bad enough, research shows the pandemic and precautions put in place in response have caused stress that has exacerbated the conditions of many nursing home residents with dementia and made caring for them more challenging for workers.
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Mercy Health to sell children's hospital in Toledo

Mercy Health Toledo is selling Mercy Health – Children's Hospital to Nationwide Children's Hospital, a nonprofit system that became a partner in operating the children's hospital this year. The sale is expected to be complete by Jan. 1.
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Saint Mary's East of Erie, Pennsylvania, to be sold to Hill Valley Healthcare

Saint Mary's Home of Erie, Pennsylvania, is selling its Saint Mary's East eldercare facility to an affiliate of Hill Valley Healthcare, a New York City-based for-profit nursing home operator. The sale is expected to close in May.
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As COVID symptoms linger, doctors search for causes, treatments

By LISA EISENHAUER
In January, Loyola Medicine opened a specialty neurology clinic that amounts to a stake in the ground on what could be the next frontier of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Doctor who treated first U.S. COVID patient reflects

By LISA EISENHAUER
Looking back on the year that has passed since he treated the first U.S. patient confirmed to have COVID-19, Dr. George Diaz finds reasons to be encouraged even as the pandemic continues to rage.
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Ministry facilities aim to increase vaccine acceptance among people of color

By JULIE MINDA
People of color have had higher rates of infection, more severe illness and higher rates of death from COVID-19 than white people. Many in the health system in the U.S. are aiming to ensure people in minority populations get equitable access to vaccination. Vaccine hesitancy is an early hurdle they are working to surmount.
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Health care improvement expert extols transformation based on morality

By LISA EISENHAUER
Dr. Donald M. Berwick acknowledged that the call he put out to those attending CHA's Sponsorship Institute to pursue "the moral determinants of health" was a big ask.
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Updated guide illuminates relationship between bishops and health care ministries

By JULIE MINDA
The scope, makeup and sponsorship of most Catholic health care ministries have changed dramatically over the last two-plus decades.
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Pandemic takes harsh toll on people isolated by dementia

By MARY DELACH LEONARD
The social isolation and disruption of everyday routines caused by the coronavirus pandemic have been especially devastating for older Americans with dementia — a reality that has received little attention, said Jan Dougherty, a nationally recognized dementia care consultant.
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CommonSpirit Health hospitals to join Essentia Health

CommonSpirit Health and Essentia Health have signed a letter of intent to have 14 CommonSpirit Health hospitals and a network of other facilities join Essentia Health, potentially by summer.

The CommonSpirit facilities operate under the CHI "brand" and they include the 237-bed CHI St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck, North Dakota, as well as 13 critical access hospitals and affiliated clinics and eldercare facilities in North Dakota and Minnesota.
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CHI Franciscan, Virginia Mason health systems combine

The CHI Franciscan and Virginia Mason health systems united in January to form Virginia Mason Franciscan Health. The joint operating company has a market concentrated in the Seattle-Tacoma area and in south central Washington. It is a subsidiary of Chicago-based CommonSpirit Health.
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CHA leads, members drive effort to end racism and health disparities

By LISA EISENHAUER
A membership-driven initiative being led by CHA is addressing systemic racism and its effects, both within Catholic health care and throughout the communities that Catholic health ministries serve, by taking steps to end health and social disparities.
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As vaccine rollout expands, Black Americans still left behind

By HANNAH RECHT and LAUREN WEBER
KAISER HEALTH NEWS

Jan. 29, 2021
Black Americans are still receiving covid vaccinations at dramatically lower rates than white Americans even as the chaotic rollout reaches more people, according to a new KHN analysis.

Almost seven weeks into the vaccine rollout, states have expanded eligibility beyond front-line health care workers to more of the public — in some states to more older adults, in others to essential workers such as teachers.
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Systems supercharge employee programs to ease pandemic stress

By LISA EISENHAUER
As the COVID-19 pandemic was easing its grip on parts of the country in mid-January, many of the hospitals in the Providence St. Joseph Health system were experiencing their worst surge of the virus yet.
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In the spotlight: Clinicians champion public health safeguards

By LISA EISENHAUER
Until the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Dr. Bilal Naseer used his expertise as an infectious disease specialist and a critical care physician to treat his patients and advise his colleagues within the CommonSpirit Health system.
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Pandemic fuels domestic violence and makes aiding victims more challenging

By MARY DELACH LEONARD
Domestic violence calls to police and crisis hotlines have risen during the pandemic, but it is impossible to know the full impact of shelter-at-home orders and social distancing on victims who can't escape dangerous situations, said Veronica Zietz, director of Catholic Health Initiatives' North Dakota Violence Prevention Program.
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Clinicians can prevent delirium with increased vigilance, says expert

By JULIE MINDA
COVID-19 outbreaks in many communities across the U.S. had meant spiking inpatient admissions for many hospitals and high caseloads at long-term care sites.
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Obstetrics ED is Ascension Wisconsin's latest effort to address maternal crises

By LISA EISENHAUER
One of the first patients at the new Obstetrics Emergency Department at Ascension St. Joseph hospital in Milwaukee was in drug withdrawal and having an acute mental health episode.
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Blanket of Love offers wraparound care to at-risk expectant mothers in Milwaukee

By LISA EISENHAUER
It wasn't until Zakkiyya Salahadyn was 39 and pregnant with her ninth child that she learned about Blanket of Love. She was at Ascension St. Joseph hospital in Milwaukee for prenatal care when she saw a flier for the program.
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Ascension Saint Agnes promotes healthy feedings with musical pacifiers

By JULIE MINDA
Whether because of health problems related to prematurity or congenital conditions, babies in the neonatal intensive care unit can struggle to get the nutrition and sleep they need to gain strength and to grow healthfully.
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Ash Wednesday without ashes? CHA offers resources for COVID-safe observances

Jan. 23, 2021
As mission departments in Catholic health care facilities are looking toward mid-February, they may be struggling to determine how best to mark the occasion of Ash Wednesday, a day when Catholics do penance as they ponder the certainty of death and the promise of Christ's resurrection.
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Providence St. Joseph Health gift helps address basic human needs in Guatemala

By LISA EISENHAUER
A gift from the St. Joseph Community Partnership Fund is helping the victims of what one aid worker calls the "neglected crisis" in Guatemala brought on by two hurricanes last fall.
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Mercy Medical of Canton, Ohio, to join Cleveland Clinic

The 476-bed Mercy Medical Center of Canton, Ohio, will become part of the Cleveland Clinic health system under an agreement that was expected to close by Feb. 1.
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Ministry facilities promote vaccination among staff

By JULIE MINDA
"I am rolling up my sleeves to help protect me and my loved ones."

"I am rolling up my sleeves so our residents can get back to normal."

"I am rolling up my sleeves so I can go and visit my grandma."
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Ministry systems promote vaccine acceptance among minority staff

When Jan Hamilton-Crawford received her COVID-19 inoculation from a CVS pharmacy worker on Dec. 28 at Saint Mary Home in West Hartford, Connecticut, a public relations representative from Trinity Health Senior Communities of New England was on hand to capture the moment on video.
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Catholic health systems hop to it as massive vaccination effort begins

By LISA EISENHAUER
Colleagues cheered as Greg Newsham, a registered nurse who specializes in wound and ostomy care, became the first of the frontline workers at Mercy Hospital St. Louis to get a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for COVID-19.
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Ethicist says COVID vaccines align with Catholic teachings

Many ethical considerations have arisen regarding the development and distribution of vaccines for COVID-19. Catholic Health World Associate Editor Lisa Eisenhauer asked Jason Eberl, a professor of health care ethics and director of the Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics at Saint Louis University, for his perspective on some of those issues.
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Commander of St. Louis task force leads drive to thwart pandemic

By LISA EISENHAUER
ST. LOUIS — It was his proposal that the major health systems tackle the coronavirus pandemic with military precision that Dr. Alexander Garza says landed him in the role of incident commander of the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force.
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Archbishop visits St. Louis-area hospitals to bless workers

Dec. 23, 2020
St. Louis Archbishop Mitchell T. Rozanski blessed workers and expressed his gratitude to them for the care they are providing to victims of the pandemic in visits to a Mercy and an SSM Health hospital and the headquarters of Ascension.
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CHRISTUS Health exec revives a rural Louisiana hospital

Medical center thrives by zeroing in on community's needs, expanding services and access

By LISA EISENHAUER
When Kirk Soileau took over as chief executive of Natchitoches Regional Medical Center in central Louisiana in 2013, the hospital had 57,000 patient touch points a year.
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Benedictine tests intervention that takes patients into virtual realm

By PATRICIA CORRIGAN
Adapted from the entertainment and gaming worlds, virtual reality now has applications in health care as an alternative to pharmacological treatment. Using a headset while seated, patients can experience a walk in the woods, a swim with dolphins or a tour of Paris.
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Supportive Care Coalition becomes part of CHA, cementing partnership

By JULIE MINDA
The Supportive Care Coalition, an organization that promotes excellence in palliative care, became part of CHA Jan. 4.

"We will be stronger and better working together on behalf of the seriously ill and those that care for them," says Denise Hess, the coalition's executive director. She will become director of supportive care for CHA.
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CHA enhances its well-being resources for ministry employees

Frontline clinicians and other health care staff have been under tremendous strain since the pandemic hit, and with the recent resurgence of COVID infections in many U.S. communities, the stressors are again increasing for many health care workers.
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Dr. Treffert was a foremost researcher of autism, savant syndrome

Dr. Darold Treffert died Dec. 14 at age 87. He was an internationally acclaimed researcher in autism, hyperlexia, savant syndrome and related conditions and the inspiration behind an Agnesian HealthCare center that promotes the abilities of people who have these conditions.
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Starmann-Harrison to retire midyear as HSHS president and chief executive

Mary Starmann-Harrison plans to retire in the second half of this year as president and chief executive of Springfield, Illinois-based Hospital Sisters Health System. She has worked in Catholic health care leadership for two decades — half that time as the top executive of HSHS, which has 15 hospitals in Illinois and Wisconsin.
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Mercy Health to sell children's hospital in Toledo

Dec. 23, 2020
Mercy Health Toledo is selling Mercy Health-Children's Hospital to Nationwide Children's Hospital, a nonprofit system that became a partner in operating the children's hospital this year. The sale is expected to be complete by Jan. 1, 2022.
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SSM Health video series offers tips on self-care to counter pandemic stress

By JULIE MINDA
Dec. 17, 2020
People around the world are struggling with their mental health and well-being during the pandemic. In the U.S., adults report "considerably elevated adverse mental health conditions" since the pandemic's onset, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Mercy Medical of Canton, Ohio, to join Cleveland Clinic

Dec. 16, 2020
The 476-bed Mercy Medical Center of Canton, Ohio, will become part of the Cleveland Clinic health system under an agreement that is expected to close by Feb. 1.
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The pandemic's harsh toll on people with dementia deserves attention, expert says

By MARY DELACH LEONARD
Dec. 11, 2020
The social isolation and disruption of everyday routines caused by the coronavirus pandemic have been especially devastating for older Americans with dementia — a reality that has received little attention, said Jan Dougherty, a nationally recognized dementia care consultant.
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As COVID admissions strain hospital capacity, chaplains must prioritize staff well-being, says mission leader

By JULIE MINDA
Dec. 10, 2020
When Cory Mitchell joined Mercy Health Muskegon as director of mission integration in March, he stepped to the helm of a department that would soon face its biggest challenge ever.
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Adapt, celebrate: Catholic health facilities serve up holiday cheer

By JULIE MINDA and LISA EISENHAUER
In usual times, the annual Christmas celebration at the Bellbrook continuum of care facility in Rochester Hills, Michigan, is a grand affair. Throngs of residents and their family members stroll the decorated grounds, nosh on hors d'oeuvres and take in holiday entertainment provided by local performers.
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SSM Health's 'Ukes for Dads' strums on the heartstrings of NICU babies

Intimate ukulele performances forge father-baby bonds
By NANCY FOWLER

Aaron Dohogne has fond memories of enjoying music with his dad when he was growing up in the 1990s. He recalls listening to the Beatles and Roy Orbison blasting from the radio in his father's rusty Toyota truck. Now, Dohogne and his son John also share a love of music.
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Shuttle ferries residents of rural Michigan towns out of isolation

By LISA EISENHAUER
A shuttle van that provides free rides to Chelsea, Michigan, for residents of two rural communities, both without a grocery store or pharmacy, got on the road this summer courtesy of St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea.
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Adding a dog park makes senior campus friendlier to pet owners

By KATHLEEN NELSON
Mercy Health–Oakwood Village Senior Living in Springfield, Ohio, already was pet-friendly. The addition of a dog park has made the community pet-friendlier.
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ArchCare transforms church buildings into apartments for adults with autism

By JULIE MINDA
Dec. 2, 2020
For more than six years, New York City-based ArchCare has been working with its sponsor, the Archdiocese of New York, to identify shuttered archdiocesan properties to put to use as residential units for vulnerable populations. This year the long-term care system opened the first such renovation.
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ICU nurse soldiers on at South Dakota hospital in thick of COVID surge

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Nov. 30, 2020
Shannon Kehrwald is seeing the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic as an intensive care nurse at Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center in Sioux Falls. South Dakota has posted some of the highest rates of the coronavirus infection this fall.
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Armed with conviction: Addiction specialist cares for incarcerated, homeless

By MARY DELACH LEONARD
When Dr. Fred Rottnek rolls up his sleeves, students at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine can see their professor's commitment to social justice permanently inked onto his arms.
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AMITA Health's outreach benefits LGBTQ community

By NANCY FOWLER
In 2017, Gary Brister of Chicago was newly out of jail and trying to maintain a life without the cocaine and crystal meth he'd used for nearly a decade. A patchwork of recovery and housing programs helped, but he needed a solid path back to stability.
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Every kid can get in on the fun at all-abilities playgrounds

Catholic health facilities help bring innovative play spaces to their communities
By JULIE MINDA
Until recently, Keesha and Rich Sonnemaker had a dilemma whenever they wanted to take their four children to the park. The playgrounds that their 11-year-old and 8-year-old sons loved to visit mainly had equipment for older children.
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CHA tool sets forth competencies for mission leaders

By JULIE MINDA
CHA has just released its revamped Mission Leader Competency Model. The new version differentiates its guidance on the role of mission leaders by the leaders' level of experience.
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Astro soothes abused children treated at Providence center

Dog's presence helps children to begin to heal, staff to obtain vital evidence
By JULIE MINDA
An unlikely hero got a lot of the credit three years ago when a pair of siblings, aged 9 and 11, gained the inner strength to face in court an abuser who had inflicted horrific harm on them.
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Ascension, CHRISTUS host virtual memorial services to honor deceased colleagues

Systems help co-workers to process grief
By JULIE MINDA

A Friday morning in October found Stephen Kazanjian, CHRISTUS Spohn Health System vice president of mission integration, gathered with about a half dozen frontline clinicians in the intensive care unit of CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Beeville in southern Texas, offering them spiritual support as they grieved a colleague who died of COVID-19.
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Mercy Health team cautiously resumes parish nursing program

By LISA EISENHAUER
Knowing how skittish some people have been about returning to hospitals and clinics with the threat of COVID-19 lingering, the parish nursing team at Mercy Health — Lorain Hospital in Ohio decided to be deliberate in how they went about restarting a parish nursing program that had been put on hold for months because of the pandemic.
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Catholic care providers intensify efforts to elevate inclusion and racial justice in their communities

By JULIE MINDA and LISA EISENHAUER
This spring, when a video of the homicide of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer went viral, employees of CHRISTUS Health were among the countless people who were stunned and heartbroken by what they saw.
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Focus on social justice, health equity energize ministry's outreach efforts

By LISA EISENHAUER and JULIE MINDA
Leaders within Catholic health care systems say that amid the push for racial justice in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd and for health equity as the heavy toll the pandemic has taken on Black, Hispanic and Native American communities has come into focus, their ministries have recommitted to and expanded their outreach and community programs that promote racial justice, equity and inclusion.
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Leader of St. Louis regional pandemic task force warns of worse to come

Doctor's discussion was part of CHA's Joint Committee meeting
By LISA EISENHAUER
Nov. 20, 2020
Based on models of its projected spread, the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the St. Louis region will soon be comparable to being slammed by a hurricane with the strongest potential for devastation, according to Dr. Alexander Garza.
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CHA urges Catholic health care providers: Make your voices heard in Congress

By LISA EISENHAUER
Nov. 17, 2020
Offering hope but not certainty for success, CHA is encouraging its members to lobby lawmakers for a new COVID-19 relief package, improvements to maternal health care and for a halt in looming funding cuts to Medicare and Medicaid during the 14-day lame-duck session of Congress that began Monday.
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Caring for patients by caring for the planet, nurses are up for the challenge

By RENEE STOVSKY
Erin Berquist grew up in Santa Barbara, California, spending much of her time at her grandmother's 160-acre ranch in the mountains nearby. The ranch has no electricity; her grandma, 85, an Ohlone Indian (formerly known as the Costanoans), lives by lamplight and woodburning stove. That lifestyle, and its deep connection with nature, impacted Berquist profoundly, she says.
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Age-friendly care framework finds wider embrace

By LISA EISENHAUER
Providence St. Joseph Health, Ascension and Trinity Health, the three Catholic health systems that were among the first to test the concepts behind an initiative to make care for older adults more age-friendly, have since made the framework their own by adding local adaptations.
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ArchCare's Calvary offers grief support in the time of COVID-19

By JULIE MINDA
Joanna Mills says she is not sure how she would have gotten through the last five months, were it not for Melanie Rae Pappalardi and the virtual bereavement support group Pappalardi runs every Thursday evening on Zoom.
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Civil unrest in the U.S. could be planting much-needed seeds of change, say ministry leaders

Outrage over the deaths of Black people at the hands of police officers and vigilantes spurred civil rights activism that brought protesters to the streets in hundreds of U.S. cities and towns this year.
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Bon Secours Mercy trains chaplains to artfully counter patients' prejudices

By LISA EISENHAUER
From the upcoming issue
After a doctor left the room at a Bon Secours Mercy Health hospital, the patient he had been tending turned to a chaplain and said: "I don't want an Arab on my care team."
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Providence St. Joseph Health study finds age, address, ethnicity are among COVID risk factors

By LISA EISENHAUER
For Dr. Karen Boudreau, the most interesting finding from an analysis of COVID-19 infections that she helped conduct was how much consequence factors that many people can't change on their own have on their risk of contracting the deadly virus.
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ArchCare chief executive says system is fortified against another wave of coronavirus

Pandemic took heavy toll on patients in New York City eldercare facilities
By JULIE MINDA

This spring, New York City was one of the world's coronavirus hotspots — and the city's nursing homes bore the brunt of the virus' blow.
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Container farm at Saint Joseph Hospital marries good health and fresh greens

By DALE SINGER
A lot more than lettuce seedlings are sprouting in a con-verted railroad shipping container sitting in prime parking spaces outside Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver.
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St. Mary's Healthcare moves forward as independent system

After being slowed a bit by the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Mary's Healthcare has completed its return to being an independent Catholic health care ministry under the governance of a local board of directors.
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Special delivery: CHRISTUS worker drove PPE to a hospital ahead of a hurricane

Rising to the Call
Oct. 1, 2020
James McIntyre is a director of supply chain operations and logistics for CHRISTUS Health in Irving, Texas, where the system is based. His job is to help ensure that CHRISTUS Health's facilities across four southern states and in Mexico, Chile and Colombia have everything in stock that they need, when they need it.
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Solidarity with all creation can lead nation through perilous times, Franciscan theologian says

By LISA EISENHAUER
Sept. 29, 2020
One small way that Catholic health systems could potentially help address the huge issue of climate change is to reduce their own food waste, says Fr. Tom Nairn.
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St. Joseph's/Candler lung cancer program cuts time from diagnosis to treatment

By NANCY FOWLER
Any cancer diagnosis may come as a shock but a lung cancer diagnosis can be particularly shattering. Statistically, it's more deadly than any other cancer, with more than half of patients dying within a year of diagnosis, according to the American Lung Association.
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SSM Health, Providence St. Joseph among vanguard offering behavioral health urgent care

Centers provide ready access to care, referrals
By JULIE MINDA
Nearly 60 percent of U.S. adults with a mental illness have not received treatment for their conditions. And nearly a quarter of adults with mental illness reported that they have been unable to receive the treatment they sought.
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Community benefit departments shift gears to respond to hard times

By JULIE MINDA
Pandemic-related shutdowns have dealt a powerful blow to the U.S. workforce. Unemployment hit its highest point since the Great Depression.
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CHI Health pulmonologist says sticking to the fundamentals of ICU medicine saved lives of COVID patients

Rising to the Call
Dr. Nikhil Jagan, a critical care and pulmonology physician at CHI Health St. Francis hospital in Grand Island, Nebraska, is among the team of clinicians that has treated COVID-19 patients at the 159-bed, community hospital, part of the CommonSpirit Health system.
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With abundance of caution, care communities move toward welcoming visitors back

By LISA EISENHAUER
Sr. Anthony Veilleux, O CARM, has seen firsthand the ill effects that visitation restrictions imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have had on some nursing home residents.
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Eldercare facility staff guard against the consequences of isolation

By JULIE MINDA
When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services advised March 13 that all long-term care facilities strictly limit visitation and communal activities, few could have foreseen that the restrictions would stretch into late summer and beyond.
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Catholic health facilities aid employees whose lives are upended by West Coast fires

By JULIE MINDA
Sept. 21, 2020
For the many employees of Providence St. Joseph, PeaceHealth and CommonSpirit who lost their homes, have had to evacuate or whose lives have otherwise been upended by wildfires in Oregon or California, there have been many immediate worries: Where to stay?
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Catholic health systems maintain operations, serve community members amid wildfires

By JULIE MINDA
Sept. 18, 2020
Catholic health facilities in regions of the western United States that are being ravaged by wildfires are in disaster response mode.
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Is that cough coronavirus or wildfire toxins?

By LISA EISENHAUER
Sept. 18, 2020
Dr. Ryan Cudahy, a family and sports medicine physician who practices in the San Francisco area, said that while he has not seen a sharp increase in patients with wildfire-related injuries or conditions, his practice is hearing from patients who are unsure whether the respiratory ailments they are experiencing are from the fires or coronavirus.
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Ministry facilities in Iowa aided patients and neighbors in wake of epic winds

By JULIE MINDA
Sept. 8, 2020
The highly destructive windstorm that crossed the Midwest Aug. 10 wreaked havoc in communities throughout Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan.
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Dignity Health physician executive removes barriers to pandemic innovations

Rising to the Call
Sept. 8, 2020
Dr. Keith Frey, chief medical officer for Dignity Health Arizona, is responsible for physician integration and engagement, evidence-based practice and system redesign, and physician leadership development.
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Interpreters help non-English speakers navigate the pandemic

By NANCY FOWLER
Sept. 4, 2020
Last spring, as Avera Health ramped up to be a trusted source of COVID-19 information and help patients navigate care, the Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based health system paid particular attention to communications with non-English speakers.
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Program gathers community resources to build resiliency for survivors of childhood trauma

By KATHLEEN NELSON
Sept. 2, 2020
Just as childhood abuse, neglect and family dysfunction can have lasting effects on an individual's mental and physical health, systemic racism, generational poverty and related trauma can endanger the health and well-being of an entire community.
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Nearby hospitals rally to the aid of those on Gulf Coast damaged by hurricane

By LISA EISENHAUER
Sept. 1, 2020
Updated Sept. 4, 2020
After Hurricane Laura smashed ashore on the western side of Louisiana's Gulf Coast last week, workers from Our Lady of Lourdes Women's and Children's Hospital in Lafayette came to the aid of some of the massive storm's tiniest victims.
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In fire amid pandemic, Wisconsin eldercare workers rush to the rescue

By LISA EISENHAUER
Sept. 1, 2020
When Sondra Norder got the call that a nearby residential care facility was on fire and the patients who had been evacuated needed other accommodations, she issued a call of her own to her staff at St. Paul Elder Services in Kaukauna, Wisconsin.
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Health system executives say much is being learned, shared as pandemic unfolds

By LISA EISENHAUER
Aug. 28, 2020
When Providence St. Joseph Health compiled its latest data on the death rate from COVID-19 in its hospitals in early August, the numbers brought some good news: the rate was down 40% from where it stood after the first three months of the pandemic.
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St. Joseph's/Candler lung cancer treatment program cuts time from diagnosis to treatment

By NANCY FOWLER
Aug. 26, 2020
Any cancer diagnosis may come as a shock but a lung cancer diagnosis can be particularly shattering. Statistically, it’s more deadly than any other cancer, with more than half of patients dying within a year of diagnosis, according to the American Lung Association.
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Pandemic alters delivery of sacraments in health care settings

By KIM VAN OOSTEN
Sept. 1, 2020
Several of the sacraments that ministry pastoral care departments administer are highly intimate, involving close personal interaction and touch.
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Ministry chaplains lighten emotional, spiritual burdens of pandemic caregivers

By JULIE MINDA
Sept. 1, 2020
Chaplains in the Catholic ministry have been a supportive presence among hospital staff caring for COVID-19 patients, helping staff process and cope with pandemic-related trauma, grief and exhaustion.
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Chaplains find patients searching for insights, open to deep spiritual conversations

By JULIE MINDA
Sept. 1, 2020
The coronavirus has had a big impact on pastoral care in Catholic health systems. At the outset of the pandemic, outpatient and elective inpatient services were canceled, or greatly restricted. Hospitals across the country prohibited in-person visits.
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Amid much ongoing stress, chaplains help one another to cope

By JULIE MINDA
Sept. 1, 2020
Chaplains throughout the Catholic health ministry have been serving as a type of stress release valve for hospital staff who are feeling burned out by the pandemic and for COVID-19 patients who may fear for their lives.
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Eldercare staff keep the good times rolling amid lockdowns

By JULIE MINDA
Sept. 1, 2020
On a Friday morning in early June, after months of a precautionary lockdown against coronavirus, 40 residents of St. Andre Health Care of Biddeford, Maine, sat, socially distanced, in chairs, benches and wheelchairs around the perimeter of the eldercare facility's parking lot. A long parade of festooned cars wove its way slowly toward them.
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For those resuming in-person school, ministry providers offer guidance, resources

By JULIE MINDA
Sept. 1, 2020
In mid to late August, schools across the U.S. began resuming classes — with some of them offering just distance learning; some, in-person instruction; and some, a hybrid of the two.
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Sound public health data is essential to safe school reopenings

By LISA EISENHAUER
Sept. 1, 2020
While scattered districts across the country that reopened for in-person classes have seen immediate outbreaks of COVID-19, some school-based health care workers say they are confident schools can operate without jeopardizing the health of students and staff in communities where the rate of the virus is low and strict precautions are observed.
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Mercy, SSM Health open new hospitals amid pandemic

By LISA EISENHAUER
Aug. 11, 2020
Perhaps it's only fitting that Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City – South opened its doors in the middle of a crisis, since its origins trace back to another one.
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HSHS doctor describes COVID response as 'building an airplane' midflight

Rising to the Call
Aug. 10, 2020
Dr. Erynn Elleby is a family practitioner with the HSHS Medical Group Family Medicine–Shiloh in Southern Illinois. From March to early June, she volunteered to work one day a week at one of the seven respiratory clinics Hospital Sisters Health System set up in central and Southern Illinois to screen patients for coronavirus and provide first line, outpatient care.
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CHI Health hosts 'virtual assembly' for teachers preparing to return to the physical classroom

By JULIE MINDA
School districts and administrators across the U.S. have been working closely with their state and local health and education departments and other agencies to determine whether their schools will use distance learning, in-person learning or a hybrid of the two modes when classes resume in a few weeks.
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Isolation, loneliness take their toll during the COVID-19 pandemic

By NANCY FOWLER
July 30, 2020
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Marlene DonVito of Brea, California, regularly visited with her grandchildren, went shopping and enjoyed dining out. One grandson picked her up for Mass every Sunday then took her out to breakfast.
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Bishop Rozanski appointed USCCB liaison to CHA

July 30, 2020
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has appointed Archbishop-Designate Mitchell Thomas Rozanski as the bishops' conference liaison to the CHA Board of Trustees.
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Hospital's meal program boosts spirits of givers and receivers

By LISA EISENHAUER
Aug. 1, 2020
A weekend meal program started in March has helped to nourish families in an impoverished section of southeast Canton, Ohio, and provided a spiritual lift to the group from Mercy Medical Center behind it.
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Nurse bonded with families as liaison for patients with COVID-19 in ICU

Rising to the Call
July 29, 2020
In March, when the first COVID-19 patients were admitted to the intensive care unit at Platte Valley Medical Center, in Brighton, Colorado, patient advocate Lori Fensterman was tasked with providing clinical updates to anxious and frightened family members.
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Benedictine nurse leader fights COVID with truth-telling, empathy

Rising to the Call
July 24, 2020
When about one-third of the residents and staff of the Benedictine Health Center at Innsbruck in New Brighton, Minnesota, tested positive for COVID-19 in March, staff quickly converted the long-term care facility's transitional care unit into a COVID-19 isolation unit.
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Eldercare staff work conscientiously to protect residents from COVID-19, says infection preventionist

Rising to the Call
July 23, 2020
Corinne Sieker, infection preventionist at St. Paul Elder Services in Kaukauna, Wisconsin, heads the long-term care organization's efforts to protect its elderly population from coronavirus infection.
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Catholic systems urge public to mask up for the sake of others

By LISA EISENHAUER
July 22, 2020
While Americans remain divided on whether wearing protective masks helps contain the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, doctors and infection control experts at several Catholic health systems say they have no doubts.
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Congregations find creative ways to support health ministry amid shutdowns

Sisters, brothers provide presence, prayer, PPE
By JULIE MINDA
July 20, 2020
Sisters and brothers in congregations that founded Catholic health systems are staying actively engaged with the leadership, clinicians, staff and patients of hospitals and long-term care sites, offering support and encouragement through the long trial of the pandemic.
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Incarnate Word sisters aid asylum seekers at the southern border

By KATHLEEN NELSON
Aug. 1, 2020
After months of discernment and discussion, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, distilled their vision for the future in five words:

Human dignity knows no borders.
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Four siblings care for patients and each other through the pandemic

By NANCY FOWLER
Aug. 1, 2020
Growing up in southeastern Michigan, the six Vecore brothers and sisters shared everything from camping trips to backyard baseball games to their Catholic faith. As adults, the siblings continue to celebrate holidays and birthdays together, along with their parents and their combined six children.
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Sr. Peggy Martin, OP, reflects on decades at leading edge of sponsorship changes

By JULIE MINDA
Aug. 1, 2020
Sr. Peggy Martin, OP, retired June 30 as executive vice president of sponsorship and governance for Chicago-based CommonSpirit Health, capping off decades of service to the Catholic health ministry.
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Racial disparities in health brought to fore by COVID-19

By LISA EISENHAUER
June 25, 2020
Pamela Mitchell-Boyd remembers exactly when the breadth of the racial disparities of the coronavirus pandemic hit her full bore.
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Rural hospitals work to stave off financial hit of pandemic

By LISA EISENHAUER and JULIE MINDA
June 26, 2020
While some organizations are warning that the COVID-19 pandemic could spell doom for many rural hospitals that were already on shaky financial ground before the crisis, several executives with rural Catholic hospitals say they expect their organizations to withstand the health emergency with government help.
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A threshold moment requires trust in God, letting go of what has been

By SR. MARY HADDAD, RSM
June 26, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic, which is the greatest public health crisis that most of us have faced in our lifetime, has presented Catholic health care with immense and unprecedented challenges in the span of just a few months.
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AMITA, Catholic hospitals join call to end racism, bring sweeping change in Chicago

By LISA EISENHAUER
June 25, 2020
AMITA Health and three Catholic hospitals in Chicago are among 36 signatories to a statement denouncing "systemic racism" and vowing to help bring the "sweeping change that is needed to ensure health equity across the city and particularly in our most vulnerable neighborhoods."
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Ministries join calls for justice and change amid outcry over killings of African Americans

By LISA EISENHAUER
June 24, 2020
Catholic ministries across the nation have joined the outcry against police brutality and systemic racism.
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Peer navigators improve health literacy of Alaskan natives and immigrants

By PATRICIA CORRIGAN
June 25, 2020
"Hunker down." That's the message many medical centers and municipalities are broadcasting throughout the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic. But how is that message received in communities that have no comparable phrase in their native languages?
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SSM Health neurosurgeon helps sound the alarm about stroke risk linked to pandemic

By LISA EISENHAUER
June 23, 2020
Among the many mysteries physicians and researchers are trying to solve regarding COVID-19 is why the deadly virus may be correlating with severe strokes in a small number of patients under the age of 50 who typically wouldn't be considered at high risk.
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CHA recognizes and celebrates contributions of Tomorrow's Leaders

By KATHLEEN NELSON
Grounded in tradition and faith, each member of the CHA 2020 class of Tomorrow's Leaders is advancing the work of the founders of the Catholic health ministry. Their intelligence, resourcefulness and enthusiasm will help Catholic health care navigate through the challenges that lie ahead, and do so with an unblinkered commitment to care for the poor and vulnerable. Here is a look at the contributions of this year's honorees.
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Lifetime Achievement Award

Nurse-ethicist-professor identifies most of all as healer

By NANCY FRAZIER O'BRIEN
June 15, 2020
Johnny Cox has had many jobs during his lifetime: nurse, ethicist, professor, hospice director, mission leader, health system sponsor. But the role he most identifies with is healer.
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Sister Carol Keehan Award

Graf believes that everyone deserves a safe, affordable place to call home

By MARY DELACH LEONARD
June 12, 2020
For more than 40 years, Jane Graf has championed efforts to provide safe, affordable housing for vulnerable Americans — the elderly, people with special needs, low-income families and those experiencing homelessness — because good health and a good home go hand in hand.
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Sister Concilia Moran Award

Casey ensures that medically fragile children get highly individualized emergency care

By MARY DELACH LEONARD
June 11, 2020
Patricia Casey adds the hashtag #OneKidCounts to social media posts about her groundbreaking program that connects St. Louis area children who have special health care needs with the first responders who answer their emergencies.
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Achievement Citation

Alaska CARES' holistic treatment helps young abuse victims recover and thrive

By LISA EISENHAUER
June 9, 2020
When someone reports maltreatment of a child in the greater Anchorage area, Alaska CARES is at the ready to help coordinate a response that is both compassionate and culturally sensitive.
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CHRISTUS hospital in Texas opens drive-thru emergency room

By LISA EISENHAUER
June 10, 2020
CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center-Longview in northeast Texas is giving some patients who visit the emergency center at its NorthPark campus the option of seeing a provider without ever leaving their cars.
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CHA lauds front-line workers at assembly pushed to the virtual realm by pandemic

By LISA EISENHAUER
June 9, 2020
Although the pandemic kept health ministry leaders from gathering in person at CHA's annual Catholic Health Assembly for the first time in 105 years, hundreds convened online Monday for an inspiring and forward-looking virtual version of the event.
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CHA board members weigh in on next steps

By JULIE MINDA
June 9, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic that has been fundamentally altering life in the U.S. for months and the civil unrest that has been shaking the nation for weeks are adding urgency to long-standing failings in the health system and introducing unexpected challenges.
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Assembly keynote speaker says ministry must help lay right foundation for nation's rebuilding

By JULIE MINDA
June 9, 2020
In the view of futurist Jamie Metzl, the world will never be the same after the pandemic — it will be transformed either for the better or for the worse.
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CHA members elect three new board members during annual Membership Assembly

June 9, 2020
During CHA's annual Membership Assembly — this year held virtually June 8 — CHA members elected three new board members and installed new board leadership.
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PANDEMIC COVERAGE

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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