July 1, 2019  |  Volume 35, Number 12

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Ministry celebrates Sr. Carol Keehan, commissions Sr. Mary Haddad

Catholic Health Assembly ushers in new chapter for CHA
By JULIE MINDA
DALLAS — During a packed three days in the Lone Star State, speakers and nearly 850 attendees at the Catholic Health Assembly honored Sr. Carol Keehan, DC, on the eve of her retirement as CHA president and chief executive officer and welcomed her successor, Sr. Mary Haddad, RSM.
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Catholic health care's positive influence can right wrongs

By SR. MARY HADDAD, RSM
I write to you in late May from 35,000 feet on my return flight to St. Louis. I've spent the week under Sr. Carol's tutelage in CHA's Washington, D.C., office, getting oriented for my new role at CHA which officially begins July 1.
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CEO panelists: Mergers, acquisitions can further the Catholic health mission

By JULIE MINDA
DALLAS — Some of the largest systems in the Catholic health ministry have undertaken a dizzying array of mergers, consolidations, acquisitions and divestitures in recent years.
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Panelists say honesty, remorse and decisive action are needed to repair church after scandal

By MARY ANN STEINER
DALLAS  The 2019 Catholic Health Assembly's opening session was a panel discussion about church relations, with particular focus on the clergy sexual abuse crisis and how it is affecting the credibility of the church's sponsored ministries, including Catholic health care.
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'Medicare for All' not likely to gain traction, former Senate leaders say

On platform, patients can compare costs, purchase vouchers for services
By KEN LEISER
DALLAS — "Medicare for All" will remain a centerpiece of political debate up to and beyond the 2020 presidential election, but there is little chance Congress will pass such a sweeping overhaul of the health care system anytime soon, two former Senate leaders told the Catholic Health Assembly.
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Speakers say Central Americans seeking asylum need hope, not prosecution

DALLAS An unprecedented number of migrants are making the treacherous journey to the southern U.S. border from their homes in Central America, where they endure unrelenting violence and crushing poverty.
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Relationships, trust-building bring homeless people into health care, permanent housing

Trinity Health systems take care to the streets
By KIM VAN OOSTEN
"Is anyone home? It's Mount Carmel," call out two outreach workers from Mount Carmel Health System, as they walk through a syringe-ridden footpath to a hidden tent encampment near Columbus, Ohio.
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Community benefit work requires flexibility, partnerships, experts say

By JULIE MINDA
DALLAS — The stakes are high for ministry providers to get community benefit right.
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Catholic eldercare faces escalating workforce, marketplace pressures

By KEN LEISER
DALLAS — Catholic eldercare ministries are being challenged to attract and retain qualified workers, to maintain their Catholic identities in a consolidating sector, and to meet shifting expectations of seniors — all while keeping pace with a rapidly aging population, an aging services expert said during a pre-assembly seminar on the state of Catholic long-term care.
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Quiñones shares his journey from poverty to broadcasting career

By KEN LEISER
DALLAS — Long before his Emmy Award-winning journalism career and anchor spot on the ABC hidden-camera series "What Would You Do?," 6-year-old John Quiñones sat in Mrs. Gregory's first-grade class.
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CHRISTUS details its diversity and inclusion initiatives

By KEN LEISER
DALLAS — The Catholic health ministry's commitment to diversity and inclusion is rooted in its mission of providing compassionate care for all in need.
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Happiness guru shares simple steps for more positive outlook

By JULIE MINDA
DALLAS — Most people say they want to be happy. But in a prosperous era in the United States, depression, suicide and loneliness are at epidemic levels.
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Keeping Up

PRESIDENTS/CEOS
Justin Krueger to president of the North Market of Mercy Health – Cincinnati, effective July 15. He succeeds Tom Urban, who retired earlier this year. Krueger was president of Mercy Health – Clermont Hospital of Batavia, Ohio. Clermont Hospital has launched a search to fill Krueger's role.

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