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July 1, 2017  |  VOLUME 33, NUMBER 12


Catholic Health World Current Issue

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Ministry advocacy essential to protect health care benefits

By JULIE MINDA

NEW ORLEANS — A little over a week after more than 1,000 ministry leaders and associates gathered here June 11-13 for the Catholic Health Assembly, Senate Republicans released a health reform proposal that CHA President and Chief Executive Officer Sr. Carol Keehan, DC, maintains will have a "devastating impact on our nation's most vulnerable populations."
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Nation's most notable presidents exhibited resilience, flexibility, self-control

NEW ORLEANS — It is too early in President Donald Trump's presidency to fully ascertain which character traits will define his leadership style, but he and all leaders can learn from the most revered men who have sat in the Oval Office.

That was a theme of a keynote presentation that presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin delivered here on June 13, the closing day of the Catholic Health Assembly.
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Patrick Kennedy calls ministry to action on mental health

By BETSY TAYLOR

NEW ORLEANS — Just as the United States has rallied its minds and brought together its resources to fight against cancer and HIV/AIDS in recent decades, so too the country needs to focus its efforts to better screen for mental illness and addiction, advance research and effective treatments, and work to promote mental wellness. That was one of the calls from mental health advocate and former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy when he addressed the 2017 Catholic Health Assembly on June 12.
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Avera Health program helps prevent physician burnout, build resilience

By KIM VAN OOSTEN

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.Avera Health's LIGHT program is bringing awareness to — and helping clinicians combat — one of the biggest threats to the nation's medical facilities: burnout. For its innovative approach, the program earned CHA's Achievement Citation, an honor bestowed at the 2017 Catholic Health Assembly.
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Cardinal Turkson: Find faith in the mercy of caring for others

By MARY ANN STEINER

NEW ORLEANS — In an address to the Catholic Health Assembly here, Vatican emissary Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson called on the audience of Catholic health ministry leaders to shun the commodification of health care and rediscover the roots of faith in being merciful toward — and caring for — every human person.

Appointed in August 2016 by Pope Francis to serve as prefect for the newly instituted Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, Cardinal Turkson delivered the annual Bishop Sullivan Memorial Lecture.
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StoryCorps' founder shares stories to build connections

By BETSY TAYLOR

NEW ORLEANS — StoryCorps' founder Dave Isay sees an intersection between the work of the Catholic health care ministry and that of his well-known nonprofit that encourages two people to sit down together and record an interview. Sharing stories allows for bridges of care and understanding to be built between people, he said.
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Supreme Court rules hospitals' 'church plans' can qualify for ERISA exemption

By JULIE MINDA

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 5 that pension plans covering employees of faith-based hospitals and other religious organizations can qualify for "church plan" exemption from federal pension regulations including for plan funding, disclosures and reporting.

The unanimous decision is consistent with 30-plus years of determinations by the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Labor and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation with respect to "church plan" language set out in the U.S. Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 and expanded in a 1980 amendment.

The Supreme Court case, Advocate Health Care Network et al. v. Stapleton et al. was decided together with cases involving ministry members Saint Peter's Healthcare System and Dignity Health.
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CHW Award Winners

 

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

SISTER CONCILIA MORAN AWARD

 


The health ministry should use its clout to advocate for the poor, and the planet

By DR. ROD HOCHMAN
2017-2018 Chairperson
CHA Board of Trustees
Chief executive, Providence St. Joseph Health
Renton, Wash.

Recently, I had the privilege of visiting the largest homeless shelter in San Francisco.

As I ate lunch with some of the clients, they shared how dehumanizing it can feel to be homeless. "People avert their eyes when they see you on the street," one gentleman told me. "You feel ostracized," said another.
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Compassion remains cornerstone as ministry prepares for challenges ahead

By ROBERT J. HENKEL
2016-2017 Chairperson
CHA Board of Trustees
President and chief executive of Ascension Healthcare and executive vice president of Ascension, St. Louis

I think it was Walt Disney who said, "Times and conditions change so rapidly that we must keep our aim constantly focused on the future." I'm certain that Mr. Disney was not speaking about the field of health care — but his words ring true for each of us these days, don't they?
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Trust is key to strong relationships between bishops, health care leaders

By JULIE MINDA

NEW ORLEANS — About 50 years ago, when John Finan Jr. began his career in health care, hospital governance actually could be fairly "boring." Finan, the president and chief executive of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, said that decades ago, when hospitals were stand-alone facilities, hospital board meetings were apt to consist of little more than a cursory review of financials.
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To effectively address social determinants, get comfortable with change

By JULIE MINDA

NEW ORLEANS — With the community benefit landscape changing dramatically in health care in recent years, hospitals and other providers are having to rethink their approaches to care delivery. Entire populations of people are now "the patient," and providers are increasingly being held accountable for these populations' health outcomes.
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Some hospitals maintain Catholic identity without a formal sponsor

By BETSY TAYLOR

NEW ORLEANS — In about two dozen cases around the United States, Catholic hospitals that have been sold to non-Catholic owners have maintained their Catholic identity without having a traditional sponsorship relationship. Panelists at the Catholic Health Assembly here outlined how that is possible.
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CHRISTUS Health and Colombian partner announce Catholic identity for combined venture

Irving, Texas-based CHRISTUS Health and Coomeva Cooperativa Medica announced a new identity and name for a Colombian health care network called Sinergia they have jointly owned for a year.
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Keeping Up

PRESIDENTS/CEOS
Stephen Porter 
to chief executive of Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital in Charleston, S.C., from corporate vice president of the Northern Virginia region of Sentara Healthcare and president of Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center of Prince William County, Va. Porter will replace Allen Carroll, who has retired. Porter will assume his new role July 10.
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