July-August 1999
Volume 80, Number 4

Healthcare Needs to Ask Itself Tough Questions, Particularly Whether Its Power Derives from a Fear of Death

Catholic Facilities Can Bring About Social Change as Providers, Insurers, Employers, and Advocates

Catholic Social Teaching Serves an Important Countercultural Function But Also Has Some Weaknesses

An Inner Revolution Is Necessary for Justice to Prevail in the New Millennium

North Iowa Mercy Health Center's program to prevent functional decline in older patients has resulted in improved outcomes in several categories.

A four-component governance model has enabled Seton Healthcare Network's nursing leaders to coordinate nursing practice throughout a complex and geographically dispersed system.

Avera Health's commitment to parish nursing spurred it to set a goal of establishing at least one parish nursing progam in each off its regional communities within one year.

Santa Marta Hospital, in California, and Seton Healthcare Network, in Texas, hope to enroll more children in Medicaid and CHIP in the wake of the government's announcement that legal immigrants may apply for federal benefits without fear of penalities.

In many ways, the Catholic social tradition supports the goal of accessible and affordable healthcare for all, but three important weaknesses in relation to healthcare need to be addressed.

In Romania, aid from the Catholic health ministry helped change the way people perceive disabled orphans.

The Seton Institute finds compelling reasons to help women religious and laypeople serve the poor in developing countries.

A maternal-child health program in Guatemala teaches poor women the importance of good nutrition, the value of breast-feeding, and the basics of disease prevention.

The Spirit Care process addresses the question of how a healthcare organization can deliver spiritual healthcare and create a climate of healing.