June 15, 2018  |  VOLUME 34, NUMBER 11


Providence St. Joseph accelerates move toward more diverse operations

Emphasis is on outpatient services, partnerships, population health, new revenue and fiscal discipline


The U.S. health care system's rapid evolution is compelling providers across the nation to quickly transform their operating model, from one that is hospital-centric and driven by fee-for-service payment to one that is value-based and puts greater emphasis on outpatient services, wellness promotion and disease prevention. Leading providers are at work now to build new streams of revenue to help pay for it all.

Dr. Rod Hochman, president and chief executive of the Renton, Wash.-based Providence St. Joseph Health, says his seven-state system is committed to leading the transformation of health care and sharing its learnings with others about how best to accomplish the change. "We see that as part of our obligation," he says.


PeaceHealth highlights caring staff through 'Everyday Moments of Grace'


To boost nursing staff morale at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend, nurse Rebekah Hartzog put out pink paper hearts, where nurses could write notes for one another. They'd share compliments or thank-you messages, highlighting good work by a colleague, including patient care steps taken by nurses the shift before them.


Catholic health care congratulates Bishop Thomas

The Most Reverend George Leo Thomas was installed as the third bishop of Las Vegas at a May 15 ceremony held at the city's Shrine of the Most Holy Redeemer. Bishop Thomas is a member of the CHA Board of Trustees and serves on its executive committee. At his installation, he was greeted by small groups of well-wishers representing the entire local church, laity, clergy and church ministries.


Peer coaches support patients in their recovery

SSM Health partnership encourages patients considering treatment for opioid dependence


Alexa Case says life is good now. The 31-year-old single mother of two young sons, who lives in Madison, Wis., underwent residential treatment in her mid-twenties for alcohol substance use disorder and an eating disorder. This included a 90-day stint at a treatment center in Costa Mesa, Calif., soon after she gave birth to her first child.


Training method decreases noncontact ACL injuries in female athletes


Since the passage of Title IX legislation in 1972, which increased athletic opportunities for female students, there has been a steady rise in the number of girls playing sports. Almost 70 percent of girls in the United States are, or have been, involved in organized sports, according to the Women's Sports Foundation.


KentuckyOne, CHI bring expertise in geriatric health to Belize City

Government health service may spread best practices in geriatric medicine widely


In the Central American nation of Belize, more than 41 percent of the population lives below the poverty level, and many elderly people struggle to meet basic daily needs. Belize has no gerontologists — medical professionals who study the aging process — and few elder care facilities or programs. "The Situational Analysis of Older Persons Belize 2010" report concluded that: "There are insufficient, inaccessible and unavailable health services, particularly for older persons."


PeaceHealth leader gives families the gift of a lifetime

Attendance at the papal general audience in St. Peter's Square is a highlight of CHA's annual Ecclesiology and Spiritual Renewal Program for Health Care Leaders.


Covenant celebrates its centennial

Lubbock, Texas-based Covenant Health is celebrating its centennial with a series of events that began with a public reception in November and conclude with a Centennial Ball in December.

CHA outlines qualifications, competencies for ethicists in Catholic health care

CHA has released guidelines for qualifications, competencies and character traits for ethicists working in Catholic health care. The detailed guidelines can be found at

The guidelines build on previous work at CHA and set out the knowledge, education, skills and experience needed to serve as an ethicist whether at a facility level, a regional level or at a system level.

Avera Health names president and chief executive

Bob Sutton will become president and chief executive of Avera Health June 18. He is executive vice president of human resources for the Sioux Falls, S.D.-based system. Sutton succeeds John Porter, who is retiring as Avera's head after 44 years of leadership roles with the system.

Sutton joined Avera in 2013 and had been regional president and chief executive of Avera St. Mary's Hospital in Pierre, S.D., and senior vice president of community relations at the system level before assuming his current human resources post.


Keeping Up

Krista Farnham
 to chief executive for Providence Portland Medical Center of Portland, Ore., and she will lead Providence Oregon's eastern region. Previously, Farnham was the medical center's chief operating officer.