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Spring 2024 | VOLUME 105, NUMBER 2

Why an Alliance Between Compliance and Leadership in Health Care Is Crucial
ANDREI M. COSTANTINO, MHA, CHC, CFE

In a rapidly evolving health care landscape, almost all health care organizations reported an increased need for regulatory compliance in recent years. To navigate these turbulent waters, a powerful alliance between health care compliance and leadership is not just a choice — it's a necessity.

Medical Directors of Mission Support Connections Between Clinician Experience and Ministry Identity
SARA McGINNIS LEE

Physicians are at the core of what it means to be health care — essential leaders of care teams and clinical initiatives who represent the deep purpose of the organization. They are called to heal, and the practice of medicine is the core of their work. Yet, operational leaders often hear physicians say they feel disconnected from much of the organization's decision-making and strategy discussions. For the Catholic health ministry, this gap is worth exploring, especially to sustain our identity, mission and values, as it represents dissonance in a sense of meaning and purpose.


Sowing the Seeds for Human Flourishing
LAURA S. KAISER, FACHE

This past year, CHA introduced a new vision statement: We Will Empower Bold Change to Elevate Human Flourishing. It's an aspirational call to each of us in the Catholic health ministry. With just nine words, CHA's vision statement makes it clear that the health systems of tomorrow must be innovative and courageous, while embracing a mandate to further extend ourselves into all aspects of human flourishing.

National Organizational Ethics Survey Reveals Insights for Catholic Health Care
BECKET GREMMELS, PhD, KELLY TURNER, MA, TIMOTHY LAHEY, MD, MMsc, WILLIAM NELSON, MDiv, PhD, and JASON LESANDRINI, MA, FACHE, LPEC

Organizational ethics guides institutional decisions to align them with organizational values and is a fundamental component of institutional integrity. Although these principles dovetail closely with those in compliance, legal, human resources and other areas, it is its own distinct area of work. However, since organizational ethics is still an emerging field, it is often unclear what it actually entails, especially in health care.

Look to Moses for a Master Class in Leadership
DAMOND W. BOATWRIGHT, FACHE

In Catholic health care, leadership includes a deep understanding of Catholic identity and a pledge to thoughtfully steward organizations to emulate the healing mission of Jesus.

To Transform Care, Health Systems Must Collaborate To Adopt Innovations
ROD HOCHMAN, MD

The Catholic sisters who were the primary founders of health care in the United States — for Providence, the Sisters of Providence and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange — were courageous, pioneering women. They did not hesitate to brave the unknown to serve those in need and be a source of healing and love in the world. When our founding sisters arrived in the American West, it was still a rugged and harsh frontier. Through discernment and determination, they built hospitals, orphanages and schools.

The Power of Purpose: Catholic Health Leaders Cultivate Inner Lives, Supportive Relationships
DAVID LEWELLEN

As an emergency room physician, Dr. Nicholas Testa saw plenty of pain, suffering and cosmic injustice. "You have moments where you question where is the spirit in this, how is this fair?" he said. But even in the hardest moments, he is apt to think about the many orders of sisters who made grueling treks far from their homes to create hospitals from the ground up. "When I think about what they did with zero money and little support, it reminds me that this hard work is worth it."

  • Sowing the Seeds for Human Flourishing
    LAURA S. KAISER, FACHE

    This past year, CHA introduced a new vision statement: We Will Empower Bold Change to Elevate Human Flourishing. It's an aspirational call to each of us in the Catholic health ministry. With just nine words, CHA's vision statement makes it clear that the health systems of tomorrow must be innovative and courageous, while embracing a mandate to further extend ourselves into all aspects of human flourishing.

  • National Organizational Ethics Survey Reveals Insights for Catholic Health Care
    BECKET GREMMELS, PhD, KELLY TURNER, MA, TIMOTHY LAHEY, MD, MMsc, WILLIAM NELSON, MDiv, PhD, and JASON LESANDRINI, MA, FACHE, LPEC

    Organizational ethics guides institutional decisions to align them with organizational values and is a fundamental component of institutional integrity. Although these principles dovetail closely with those in compliance, legal, human resources and other areas, it is its own distinct area of work. However, since organizational ethics is still an emerging field, it is often unclear what it actually entails, especially in health care.

  • Why an Alliance Between Compliance and Leadership in Health Care Is Crucial
    ANDREI M. COSTANTINO, MHA, CHC, CFE

    In a rapidly evolving health care landscape, almost all health care organizations reported an increased need for regulatory compliance in recent years. To navigate these turbulent waters, a powerful alliance between health care compliance and leadership is not just a choice — it's a necessity.

  • Medical Directors of Mission Support Connections Between Clinician Experience and Ministry Identity
    SARA McGINNIS LEE

    Physicians are at the core of what it means to be health care — essential leaders of care teams and clinical initiatives who represent the deep purpose of the organization. They are called to heal, and the practice of medicine is the core of their work. Yet, operational leaders often hear physicians say they feel disconnected from much of the organization's decision-making and strategy discussions. For the Catholic health ministry, this gap is worth exploring, especially to sustain our identity, mission and values, as it represents dissonance in a sense of meaning and purpose.

  • Look to Moses for a Master Class in Leadership
    DAMOND W. BOATWRIGHT, FACHE

    In Catholic health care, leadership includes a deep understanding of Catholic identity and a pledge to thoughtfully steward organizations to emulate the healing mission of Jesus.

  • To Transform Care, Health Systems Must Collaborate To Adopt Innovations
    ROD HOCHMAN, MD

    The Catholic sisters who were the primary founders of health care in the United States — for Providence, the Sisters of Providence and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange — were courageous, pioneering women. They did not hesitate to brave the unknown to serve those in need and be a source of healing and love in the world. When our founding sisters arrived in the American West, it was still a rugged and harsh frontier. Through discernment and determination, they built hospitals, orphanages and schools.

  • The Power of Purpose: Catholic Health Leaders Cultivate Inner Lives, Supportive Relationships
    DAVID LEWELLEN

    As an emergency room physician, Dr. Nicholas Testa saw plenty of pain, suffering and cosmic injustice. "You have moments where you question where is the spirit in this, how is this fair?" he said. But even in the hardest moments, he is apt to think about the many orders of sisters who made grueling treks far from their homes to create hospitals from the ground up. "When I think about what they did with zero money and little support, it reminds me that this hard work is worth it."


FEATURES

Women, The Synod and Catholic Health Care: We Must Enlarge the Tent

SR. TERESA MAYA, PhD, CCVI, and JILL FISK, MATM

In 2021, the Catholic Church began a three-year process called the Synod on Synodality to "provide an opportunity for the entire People of God to discern together how to move forward on the path toward being a more synodal Church in the long-term."

The Eucharist, Imagined and Real

FR. JOSEPH J. DRISCOLL, DMin

There is an often-told story about a little boy who wakes up in the middle of the night from flashing lightning and booming thunder, terrified and crying out for his dad. His dad comes in and reassures him, "God is always here to take care of you." Clinging on to his father, the boy blurts out, "But Dad, I need a God with skin on."

DEPARTMENTS

Editor's Note
BETSY TAYLOR
Thinking Globally
BRUCE COMPTON and CHRIS PALOMBO, MA, MSHM
Mission
DENNIS GONZALES, PhD
Formation
DARREN M. HENSON, PhD, STL

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