September 1, 2016  |  VOLUME 32, NUMBER 15

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Dignity foundation to fund pilot to reduce impact of maternal mood disorder


Lourdes Nilon and her husband had spent years trying to have a baby. She'd suffered multiple miscarriages. She'd sweated out several threats to her pregnancy 16 years ago before delivering her son Ethan six weeks before his due date.

Postpartum depression survivor Lourdes Nilon is the face of a Dignity Health campaign to address maternal mood disorders.

Given her deep longing for this baby, she was shocked by her feelings of fear and sadness after his discharge from the hospital. "I brought him home, laid him in the middle of my bed and started to cry. I called my mom and dad, and said, 'You have to come.'"

Nilon spent the first months of her son's life in complete fear of being alone with him. She was afraid she'd accidentally harm him.

House calls make a comeback as on-demand care gains traction


Two ministry organizations are among the trailblazing providers exploring how best to offer health care to patients when and where they want to receive it, be it in their home, their office or another location.

Providence St. Joseph Health system of Renton, Wash., is piloting a mobile health care service in two of its markets — Southern California and Seattle; and Centura Health of Centennial, Colo., has partnered with an on-demand mobile health care company to provide Centura patients with the option of being treated in the location of their choosing.

Executives bed down on the street to aid homeless youth

Catholic ministry executives are among those participating in a national “executive sleep out” on Nov. 17 to raise funds for Covenant House, a New York City-based nonprofit that provides shelter and services to homeless youth in dozens of cities. Here, past participants settle in for the evening outside the Covenant House crisis center in Manhattan. This year’s event in 16 cities aims to raise more than $3 million across the U.S.

Workplace safety is a core value at St. Vincent Healthcare


When Jena Riesinger took a nursing job at St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings, Mont., almost four years ago, her focus was on helping to save other people's lives, not worrying about her own safety.

With roads underwater, helicopters whirl over Baton Rouge hospitals

When torrential rain and swollen rivers caused historic flooding in Baton Rouge, La., in mid-August, an unprecedented stream of rescue helicopters brought flood victims in need of medical attention to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center's Essen Lane campus. Over three days at the height of the flooding, more than 150 helicopters delivered patients to the hospital's helipad seen here. On a normal day, the campus has fewer than five helicopter landings. The road leading to Our Lady of the Lake Livingston campus was impassable for a time and the U.S. Coast Guard and the Louisiana National Guard helicopter pilots freighted in emergency supplies.

Trinity gets behind 'Tobacco 21' to keep bad habits at bay

A grant from Trinity Health is the first by a major institution to assist a new national campaign to raise the age for buying tobacco products to 21.

Trinity Health of Livonia, Mich., has joined with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, an advocacy organization, to promote raising the age through changes in local, state and federal laws.

Mercy Health delivers on promises to Cincinnati neighborhoods


A jobs training program. A free outdoor gym to encourage fitness. Health care practitioners providing convenient care where people live and work.

Those are just some of the new offerings Mercy Health is supporting for its new neighbors in Bond Hill and Roselawn, two economically challenged Cincinnati neighborhoods.

New Ascension unit will expand system's international work

St. Louis-based Ascension has created a new unit called Ascension Holdings International that will expand the health system's global footprint. The unit will identify Ascension capabilities that are prime for commercialization and will develop and incubate those capabilities in markets outside of the U.S.

Saint Thomas Health, National HealthCare Corp. clinically integrate

Saint Thomas Health, an Ascension health care system in middle Tennessee, began a clinical integration agreement on Aug. 1 with National HealthCare Corp., a publicly traded company based in Murfreesboro, Tenn., that provides post-acute health care.

Triple treat: Providence St. Vincent delivers identical triplets

Amber Hills of Newberg, Ore., delivered identical triplet girls Aug. 1 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, Ore. The girls are, from left, Raelyn, Elaina and Avery. The girls’ birth order and weights are: Raelyn, born first, 2 pounds, 12 ounces; Avery, born second, 3 pounds, 11 ounces; and Elaina, born third, 2 pounds, 15 ounces. As Catholic Health World went to press, the babies were being monitored in the neonatal intensive care unit and were expected to be discharged home within the next several weeks. Dr. Craig Novack, a neonatologist at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, said that “the overall general odds for monozygotic triplets is somewhere around one in a million.” The triplets’ parents, Hills and Logan Fletcher, say in the future they may paint the babies’ fingernails or give them contrasting pierced earrings so they can tell the siblings apart at a glance.

Keeping Up

Roland Cruickshank to president of CHI St. Luke's Health The Vintage Hospital of Houston, effective Sept. 12. He was vice president of operations for Houston Methodist Texas Medical Center. He replaces Norman Stephens, who is retiring.