Actions speak volumes: Doctors' kids at front of line for pediatric COVID vaccine

Dr. David Basel, Avera Medical Group vice president of clinical quality, didn't hesitate when it came to getting his 8-year-old immunized for COVID-19.

Nurses play essential role in efforts to advance health equity

Ministry nurses take on vaccine hesitancy, maternal health disparities, care access gaps
Since its beginnings, the Catholic health ministry has prioritized care of the poor and vulnerable. CHA and its members reaffirmed that commitment a year ago through the "We Are Called" initiative and the related pledge, "Confronting Racism by Achieving Health Equity."

Holy Name teaches clinicians to take better care of Holocaust survivors

Felice Zimmern Stokes, 82, has been a volunteer at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, New Jersey, for 10 years, first working with children in the day care center and now assisting throughout the hospital.

CommonSpirit connects community organizations to maximum effect

As system vice president of community health for CommonSpirit Health, Pablo Bravo oversees the system's rollout of Connected Community Networks.

Saint Joseph Mercy pilots lifestyle medicine program for Trinity Health

A lifestyle medicine program launched in the spring by southeastern Michigan-based Saint Joseph Mercy Health System is a pilot for the system's parent company, Trinity Health.

Catholic Health to build 'neighborhood hospital' in Lockport, New York

Catholic Health of Buffalo, New York, expects to begin construction this month on a hospital in Lockport, New York, that will preserve health care services in that community.

Providence launches national foundation to advance top priorities

Focus areas include innovation, health equity, environmentalism
Providence St. Joseph Health has started its first national foundation to generate funding for its top pressing goals and challenges.

Pandemic compounds challenges for disaster planners

When Hurricane Ida was churning across the Gulf of Mexico in late summer, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, had to brace for a disaster on top of a crisis.

Neurologist investigates how to address strokes' unequal racial toll

Even as the overall mortality rate from strokes has fallen, the racial disparity in the toll has remained what Dr. John McBurney calls stubbornly high.

MercyOne Dubuque promotes health equity for Pacific Islanders

After decades without insurance, many Marshallese regain Medicaid coverage

Natives of the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean have reason to feel victimized by the U.S. government. Now, a coalition in Dubuque, Iowa, including MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center, part of Trinity Health, is building trust and trying to help make things right.

Graphite Health invests to speed digital innovation in health sector

SSM Health, Intermountain Healthcare and Presbyterian Healthcare Services are teaming to create a "health care utility." The startup nonprofit company, called Graphite Health, will tackle digital interoperability challenges that slow innovation uptake in health care.

Mercy nurse's kindness draws spotlight to family's COVID tragedy

An intensive care unit nurse in Arkansas has sparked a national outpouring of support since she started a baby registry for a young father whose wife was hospitalized with COVID-19.

Psychologist offers advice for turning stress of pandemic into personal growth

There is "no group more committed, creative, bright and compassionate than Catholic health care professionals," according to Robert Wicks.

Because of that devotion to their calling, Wicks said there's a tendency among Catholic health care providers to deny, avoid or minimize the trauma they are experiencing due to the relentless demand for COVID-19 care.

Panelists say action is needed now to ward off eldercare crisis

The number of Americans living with Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia, will more than double in the coming decades. Currently, about 5.8 million Americans ages 65 and up have Alzheimer's disease. By 2050, that count may grow to 13.8 million, according to "2020 Alzheimer's Facts and Figures," a special report published in the March 10, 2020, edition of Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association.

Providence cooks concoct inventive potlucks for Anchorage shelters

Home cooks routinely pair ingredients that seem random to create new, nutritious dishes for their families. At Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage cooks have done the same thing for over 35 years in order to feed individuals at two local shelters.

Military medical personnel answer Providence hospital's call for help

Reinforcements from the military arrived in mid-October to bolster the medical staff at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Washington.

Health facilities ease patients' access to COVID-fighting treatment

Clinicians emphasize: Monoclonal treatments are not a substitute for vaccines

For about a year, drugmakers have been rolling out a series of treatments that are helping reduce hospitalization and death in people infected with COVID-19.

Through personal battles with COVID, clinicians gained empathy

Dr. Nadeem Qureshi was exhausted. He'd just returned from teaching overseas and figured he needed a couple of days of rest to shake off the jet lag. As that next week of late March 2020 progressed, the fatigue lingered, a mild fever set in and his sense of taste diminished.

Dr. Ira Byock makes an ethical and business case for investing in palliative care

Practitioners strive to preserve the dignity and 'fullness of life' for patients facing chronic illness or death

The role of palliative care practitioners is to relieve the pain and suffering of people with serious illness and to improve their quality of life.

SSM Health hospital is hub for Regional Pediatric Pandemic Network

Collaborators seek to grow the number of hospitals capable of caring for children in disasters

SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital in St. Louis has a major role in a new national network to improve and standardize the care of children, especially in disasters.

SCL Health to merge with Intermountain Healthcare; SCL hospitals to remain Catholic

SCL Health has announced plans to merge its eight hospitals, 160 physician clinics and other facilities with those of Intermountain Healthcare to create a 33 hospital, 385 clinic system with more than 58,000 employees.

Lydia Jumonville, president and chief executive of SCL Health, said while the integrated system will be secular, the SCL Health hospitals will retain their Catholic names and identity.

Health systems commit to sustainability efforts for the long term

Representatives of two of the country's largest Catholic health systems that have pledged to reduce their environmental impacts say tying the efforts to their systems' mission, making a long-term commitment, having the support of leadership and collecting data to verify that the efforts are on track are key aspects of the work.

CommonSpirit's Rich Roth embeds, sharpens and drives innovation

Rich Roth knows "innovation" is an expansive term, one open to many definitions. So, as senior vice president and chief strategic innovation officer for CommonSpirit Health, Roth has a crisp, elevator speech that encapsulates his team's approach to innovation.

Lloyd H. Dean to step down as CommonSpirit chief executive in 2022

Lloyd H. Dean, chief executive of CommonSpirit Health, plans to retire next summer after 22 years as a national leader in the Catholic health ministry.

Keeping Up

CommonSpirit Health's Dignity Health announced these changes in its greater Sacramento, California, market, effective Nov. 25:

  • Edmundo Castañeda is departing as president and chief executive of Mercy General Hospital and Woodland Memorial Hospital to pursue a new opportunity in Houston.

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Nov. 15 – Mercy nurse's kindness draws spotlight to family's COVID tragedy

Nov. 15 – Psychologist offers advice for turning stress of pandemic into personal growth

Nov. 15 – Pandemic compounds challenges for disaster planners

Nov. 1 – Health facilities ease patients' access to COVID-fighting treatment

Nov. 1 – Through personal battles with COVID, clinicians gained empathy

Nov. 1 – Dr. Ira Byock makes an ethical and business case for investing in palliative care

Oct. 1 – Late-summer surge in patients swamps some children's hospitals

Oct. 1 – COVID caseload surges strain facilities' capacity, test staff endurance

Oct. 1 – Bon Secours Mercy Health releases the hounds on COVID-19

Sept. 15 – Pediatricians address parents' fears about COVID vaccines for kids

Sept. 1 – PACE providers help keep fragile seniors safe during pandemic

Sept. 1 – Program treats needy for substance abuse that costs them dearly

Sept. 1 – Ministry systems commit to spend more with minority- and women-owned vendors

Aug. 15 – HSHS drive-thru lets patients access services without leaving their cars

Aug. 15 – Hospitals partner up to offer hospital-at-home services

Aug. 15 – Long-term care providers slowly recovering from pandemic’s financial hits

Aug. 15 – Care communities face stiff competition to meet their workforce needs

Aug. 1 – Require vaccinations or just encourage them? Systems are split on decision

Aug. 1 – Providence mines observations from patients to learn about COVID symptoms, impacts

June 15 – Brought together by pandemic, Colorado physician leaders hope to stay united

June 15 – Documentary captures trauma, resilience of COVID caregivers

June 15 – Health systems get creative to overcome vaccine barriers

June 1 – Health systems say virtual work is here to stay

June 1 – Ministry rallies to meet uptick in need for behavioral health care

June 1 – Hospitals rejoice as volunteers return to duty

May 15 – Mercy Oklahoma City keeps up relentless pace in race against virus

May 15 – Mercy Oklahoma City keeps up relentless pace in race against virus

May 15 – A year of pandemic: Workers share heartbreak, successes of COVID response

May 1 – Native American patients adapt spiritual practices to COVID realities

May 1 – Indigenous people have fared far worse in pandemic than white people

May 1 – Hugs, hand-holding: Long-term care opens up to more intimate visits

April – Catholic eldercare facilities cheer new guidance that more fully opens visitation

April – As end of eviction moratorium looms, advocates fear housing crisis will spike

April – Crew from Dell Children's braves storm to reach fragile newborn

March – Covenant Health marks pandemic's anniversary with focus on staff well-being

March 15 – Catholic health systems, partners tackle food insecurity close to home

March 15 – Health ministry, partners help contain virus spread among homeless

March 15 – Advocates work on acute and structural causes of food insecurity

March 1 – Playbook perfect: SCL Health vaccinates 5,000 at one event

March 1 – Pandemic adds to stress of patients with dementia and their caregivers

March 1 – CHA leads, members drive effort to end racism, health disparities

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