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Summer 2024 | VOLUME 105, NUMBER 3

Lifestyle Medicine Takes an Expansive View of Well-Being
ABIGAIL McCLEERY, MPH, RDN, DipACLM, LISA McDOWELL, MS, RDN, DipACLM, and KELLY WILSON, RDN, DipACLM

Trinity Health Ann Arbor Hospital in Ypsilanti, Michigan, creates groundbreaking programs that connect the medical facility with the community.

Pain Management Takes New Forms to Curb Opioid Epidemic
KELLY BILODEAU

When the patient arrived for her first palliative care appointment to address her chronic pain, she was hurting, angry and guarded, a mood that lingered through the first part of her session.


The Prime Meridian and the Resurrection: Charting a Path
TREVOR BONAT, MA, MS

I felt a profound sense of awe wash over me as I stood on the prime meridian at the Royal Observatory in the London borough of Greenwich while on a college trip for my daughter, Jane.

10 Actions Hospitals Can Take to End Maternal Mortality in the U.S.
CHRISTINA GEBEL, MPH

The U.S. has a problem with maternal mortality, and it is not getting better. The trend has been even more alarming in recent years. According to CDC data, in 2021, the maternal mortality rate was 32.9 deaths per 100,000 live births, which was up from 23.8 in 2020 and 20.1 in 2019.

Striving for Spiritual Wholeness When Caring for Patients
SARAH A. NEELEY, PhD, STEPHEN MURRAY, MPS, MTS, and ANDY NAVARRO, MHCM, JD

As a Catholic health ministry, we are called to the sacred work of caring for those who are acutely sick, seriously injured or facing a significant life transition. These realities challenge, shape and potentially transform the spirituality of those receiving and providing care.

Prioritizing Relational Health to Address, Prevent Trauma
ERIN ARCHER, RN

What if we had a set of interventions that could reduce rates of depression, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heavy drinking and unemployment? They might already exist. Many clinical researchers argue that these tools are already being developed and used, and that some answers to these conditions lie in the prevention and treatment of trauma in our patients, workplaces and communities.

New Approaches to Mental Health Aim to Benefit Patients - Health Systems Rethink, Expand Services
ROBIN ROENKER

Recognizing that whole-patient care hinges on the availability of services for both body and mind, many Catholic health care systems have directed renewed focus to their mental and behavioral health delivery — particularly since COVID-19.

  • 10 Actions Hospitals Can Take to End Maternal Mortality in the U.S.
    CHRISTINA GEBEL, MPH

    The U.S. has a problem with maternal mortality, and it is not getting better. The trend has been even more alarming in recent years. According to CDC data, in 2021, the maternal mortality rate was 32.9 deaths per 100,000 live births, which was up from 23.8 in 2020 and 20.1 in 2019.

  • The Prime Meridian and the Resurrection: Charting a Path
    TREVOR BONAT, MA, MS

    I felt a profound sense of awe wash over me as I stood on the prime meridian at the Royal Observatory in the London borough of Greenwich while on a college trip for my daughter, Jane.

  • Lifestyle Medicine Takes an Expansive View of Well-Being
    ABIGAIL McCLEERY, MPH, RDN, DipACLM, LISA McDOWELL, MS, RDN, DipACLM, and KELLY WILSON, RDN, DipACLM

    Trinity Health Ann Arbor Hospital in Ypsilanti, Michigan, creates groundbreaking programs that connect the medical facility with the community.

  • Pain Management Takes New Forms to Curb Opioid Epidemic
    KELLY BILODEAU

    When the patient arrived for her first palliative care appointment to address her chronic pain, she was hurting, angry and guarded, a mood that lingered through the first part of her session.

  • Striving for Spiritual Wholeness When Caring for Patients
    SARAH A. NEELEY, PhD, STEPHEN MURRAY, MPS, MTS, and ANDY NAVARRO, MHCM, JD

    As a Catholic health ministry, we are called to the sacred work of caring for those who are acutely sick, seriously injured or facing a significant life transition. These realities challenge, shape and potentially transform the spirituality of those receiving and providing care.

  • Prioritizing Relational Health to Address, Prevent Trauma
    ERIN ARCHER, RN

    What if we had a set of interventions that could reduce rates of depression, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heavy drinking and unemployment? They might already exist. Many clinical researchers argue that these tools are already being developed and used, and that some answers to these conditions lie in the prevention and treatment of trauma in our patients, workplaces and communities.

  • New Approaches to Mental Health Aim to Benefit Patients - Health Systems Rethink, Expand Services
    ROBIN ROENKER

    Recognizing that whole-patient care hinges on the availability of services for both body and mind, many Catholic health care systems have directed renewed focus to their mental and behavioral health delivery — particularly since COVID-19.


FEATURES

Health care systems in the United States have leadership structures comprised of boards and management. Most Catholic health care systems are unique in that they include another layer of leadership called a "public juridic person" or, in common parlance, the "sponsors." This is the entity — established under the Church's Code of Canon Law — that has the ultimate responsibility for sponsoring a Catholic health system in the name of the Church.

When is a person dead? This question has significance in the Catholic understanding of organ transplants from donors, both living and dead, and to recipients, because it frames our Catholic approach to how to best care for all involved.

DEPARTMENTS

Editor's Note
BETSY TAYLOR
Formation
DARREN M. HENSON, PhD, STL
Community Benefit
JAMMIE ALBERT, SARAH WELLER PEGNA and MEGAN GREIG