CHA’s Foundations of Catholic
Health Care Leadership provides executives, board members, directors,
managers, clinicians and other leaders in Catholic health care with a foundation
in core theological and ethical principles that are at the heart of the Catholic
health ministry. The program addresses the interest many leaders have expressed
to deepen their understanding of the moral principles of the church in serving
the needs of patients, families, communities and the common
The Foundations of Catholic Health Care Leadership Program
is a "must-have" primer for new and current leaders in Catholic health care.
Over the last two decades, thousands of leaders have broadened their
understanding of the ministry through the program’s in-person or online
The online course takes place in
a series of sessions on six consecutive Fridays from Jan. 25 – March 1, 2019.
Each session includes presentations, as well as opportunities for interaction via
online chat, voice contact and online small group discussions. Since each
session focuses on a key principle of Catholic health leadership, registrants
are expected to participate in all sessions. Assignments and reading materials
will be available for download prior to each session. An orientation session to
familiarize participants with the online format is scheduled for Jan. 22 from
1-2 p.m. ET.
To enhance interaction and benefits
of the formational experience, we recommend that whenever possible registrants
participate together with colleagues in groups at the same facility. Individual
participants are also welcome as we are happy to link them with participants
from other locations for all group discussions.
Early registration discount for CHA members: $400
per person through November 30, 2018CHA members: $450 per person after November 30,
2018 Other registrants: $900 per person Group discount: 10 percent off each individual
registration for groups of five or more
Completion of this program will enable participants to
begin articulating and integrating spiritual, theological and ethical principles
of Catholic health care and apply them to their work.
Who Should Participate?
Executives · Physicians, nurses and clinical
staffBoard members · Pastoral care staffDirectors · Communications and marketing
staffManagers and middle managers · Persons serving in
leadership of partner organizations
Fr. Charles Bouchard,
Senior Director, Theology & Sponsorship, CHA, St.
Senior Director, International Outreach, CHA, St.
Nathaniel Blanton Hibner,
Director, Ethics, CHA, St. Louis
Sr. Carol Keehan, DC, RN, MS
President and Chief
Executive Officer, CHA, Washington, D.C.
Director, Mission Services, CHA, St. Louis
Diarmuid Rooney, M.S.Psych., M.T.S., D.Soc.Admin.
Senior Director, Ministry Formation, CHA,St. Louis
Brian Smith, MS, MA, M.Div.
Director, Mission Innovation and Integration, CHA, St. Louis
Julie A. Trocchio, MS
Senior Director, Community
Benefit & Continuing Care, CHA, Washington,
The curriculum weaves biblical, theological and spiritual
aspects of health care ministry in a model that incorporates adult learning
methods within a framework of ministry formation and
Orientation – Tuesday, Jan. 22,
2019, 1-2 p.m. ETDiarmuid Rooney and Online
Manager from CommPartners
This session will review features
of the online platform that will be used throughout the program, how to navigate
the various screens, how breakout sessions will be handled, and to answer any
questions. The orientation will also provide an introduction about CHA and the
programs and services available to members who work in Catholic health
organizations. Participants will also receive a helpful glossary of Catholic
Session One – Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, 1-3
Sponsorship in Catholic Health Care
Bouchard, OP and Diarmuid Rooney
The objective is to enable
participants to articulate what it means to say that Catholic health care is a
ministry of the church, and to describe the emerging role of sponsors. The
- What do we mean when we say
health care is a ministry?
- What is the relationship of Catholic health care to
the broader ministry of the church, including the heritage of the religious
women and men who founded and nurtured the health ministry in the United
- How do we understand changing structures of
Jesus, The Foundation of Catholic
The objective is to enable
participants to express the relationship of the healing ministry of Jesus
Christ, to the foundation and work of Catholic health care. The themes
Session Two – Friday,
Feb. 1, 2019, 1-3 p.m. ET
- What are the implications of describing ‘the
healing ministry of Jesus’ as the foundation of our ministry?
- How do we understand Jesus as a healer of the whole
- What are the foundational healing stories for the
Catholic health ministry and what is the role of sacred scripture as a
spiritual touchstone for leaders?
Spirituality & Whole Person Care
The objective is for participants
to understand the importance of whole person care, and the central role of
spirituality in Catholic health care. The themes include:
- What is whole person care, and what is the place of
spirit within this understanding of what it means to be human?
- What are the spiritual needs of a person, and how
do we respond to these needs in our work?
- What are spiritual practices, and how do they get
expressed in a diverse and pluralistic workplace?
Community Benefit & Population
The objective is to define and
describe the importance of community benefit as part of Catholic health care.
The themes include:
- What do we mean by community benefit and the social
determinants of health?
- What are the social conditions necessary for an
individual’s dignity to be actualized?
- What do you know about how your organization is
responding to the needs within your organization?
Session Three – Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, 1-3
Fr. Charles Bouchard,
The objective is to identify
foundational concepts in Catholic social teaching and their implications for
health care leadership. The themes include:
- What is the Catholic Social Tradition?
- What does Catholic Social Teaching as the "public
face" of the church’s moral tradition mean?
- Considering the key principles of this tradition
and what are some of the ethical issues that arise, for example collaborative
ventures with other organizations?
Social Justice & International
The objective is to understand what
international outreach means in Catholic health care, and why is it a social
justice issue. The themes include:
- Catholic health care has always transcended
national boundaries. In today’s global environment, how has international
outreach taken on new importance rooted in the imperative to preach the Gospel
to the "ends of the earth?
- How are CHA’s outreach activities supporting
members, partnering organizations and the church?
- How do you think you can enhance your own, and your
organization’s, international health activities?
Session Four – Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, 1-3 p.m.
Nathaniel Blanton Hibner and
The objective is to introduce
participants to the extensive history of ethics and moral theology. It will also
situate the role of discernment in all ethical decision making. The themes
- What do we mean by "ethics" and
- When did the Catholic moral and ethical theology
begin, and how has it evolved?
- Where is "discernment" situated in moral and
ethical decision making?
Clinical Aspects of the
Ethical and Religious Directives
Nathaniel Blanton Hibner
The objective is to introduce the
Ethical and Religious Directives as a leadership resource and articulate
a basic process for ethical decision making in the health care setting. The
- What are the Ethical and Religious
- How do the Ethical and Religious Directives
(ERDs) define the moral and ethical framework for Catholic health care in the
- How does our understanding of ethics play out in
provider/patient relationships and in specific issues at the beginning and end
Session Five – Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, 1-3
Organizational Culture in the Catholic Tradition
The objective is to develop a plan
for ongoing development and formation as a ministry leader in Catholic health
care. The themes include:
- In what ways are leaders "culture bearers" who hold
the organization’s integrity in trust and shape its culture?
- How do leaders in Catholic health care use
leadership principles as tools for maintaining a distinctive Catholic
- What are some core spiritual practices that can
strengthen a leader’s personal and professional growth?
Session Six – Friday, March 1, 2019, 1-3
Leadership in Catholic
Sr. Carol Keehan,
The objective is to enable
participants to articulate important challenges on the horizon for Catholic
health care and their implications for leaders of this ministry. The themes
- What are the important opportunities and challenges
on the horizon for Catholic health care?
- In light of this, what are the implications for
leaders of this ministry?
- What question do you have about these challenges on
The objective is to prepare leaders
for ongoing formation opportunities, both personally and professionally, through
CHA offerings and other local and national initiatives.
CHA will provide all Online
Foundations participants with a Certificate of Attendance indicating contact
hours for each individual session. Within a few days following each session, all
program registrants will receive an email with a link to the session evaluation
as well as information regarding the Certificate of
Please note CHA does not offer
Continuing Education Units (CEU) for any programs. Participants may submit Certificates of Attendance to relevant
organizations that accept proof of contact hours as credit.
American College of Healthcare Executives:
American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) members may self-report
qualifying CEUs using the contact hour information provided on their CHA
Certificate of Attendance. To self-report, log in as a member on the