BY: CAROL BAYLEY, PhD
If you think about the development of health care in the United States, it looks somewhat circular. Before there were hospitals, there were people's homes, with beds and kitchens, where family members who were sick or injured recovered, or didn't. As time went on, hospital buildings — small houses at first, and larger structures with rooms, corridors and operating rooms later — became a more efficient way to take care of the sick, even if "taking care" still largely meant supportive nursing while nature took its course.
BY: MICHAEL R. PANICOLA, PhD
Disruptive forces are a constant threat to incumbent market-leading companies, products and alliances. For a variety of reasons, most notably the rise of the internet and digital technologies, there has been no shortage of U.S. industries and legacy businesses disrupted since the 1980s. To name a few: Taxi companies have seen their business decimated by ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft; network television stations and cable/satellite TV services have been marginalized by digital distribution outlets such as Netflix and Hulu; stockbrokers and financial advisers have lost significant business to online trading websites like E*Trade and TD Ameritrade; and the hotel industry has been radically altered by the likes of Airbnb and HomeAway.
BY: VIKKI WACHINO, MPP
Stefanie served as full-time caregiver to her husband, James, for more than three years before losing him to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which is also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. She lost her health coverage when James passed away, leaving her to deal not just with her grief, but with worry about how to take care of her own health. Enrolling in Medicaid coverage eased her worry: "Life always has a way of throwing us unexpected curveballs," she said. "I am so thankful to have peace of mind when it comes to my own health care until I can get back on my feet."
BY: MARY ANN STEINER
Curt Ward, MD, is a family medicine doctor at St. Vincent Indianapolis, a ministry of Ascension Health. He received his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. In addition to his medical practice, Ward serves as a leader in Ascension's efforts to recognize the problem of burnout among physicians and to address ways to support them in building resilience and wellness. He participated in the early development of the Resident Formation Pilot Group that began in 2012 at three Ascension ministries — St. Vincent's in Indianapolis, St. John's in Detroit and Genesys in Grand Blanc, Michigan.
BY: THERESE B. PANDL RN, MN, MBA, FACHE AND MARK REPENSHEK, PhD
Catholic, faith-based, secular, for-profit, private, investor-owned — across the spectrum, health care entities face the same operating discipline: continuously improve workflows, add technology and standardize processes to enhance the value of resources expended on health care delivery. Some might argue that its special attention to the poor and vulnerable puts Catholic health care under extra operating pressure.
BY: LAURA RICHTER, MDiv
Lately I feel there isn't enough time to accomplish my ever-expanding task list. I know I am not alone. Just in the last month, I've experienced several interactions that suggest my company is plentiful.
A colleague decided to block her calendar at lunch to give herself a break from back-to-back meetings. But this was not time she set aside to eat — she wanted dedicated, protected time to spend at her desk in the hopes she could spend less time on her computer at night.