The Catholic View on Health Care Reform

Dialogues

Formerly known as the Aquinas Roundtable, Dialogues is a ministry of Aquinas Institute of Theology created to share our rich theological and spiritual heritage with alumni, donors, friends, and neighbors in the St. Louis area. The lectures are an opportunity for members of the public to benefit from the witness of those doing notable work in the field of theological and ministerial formation.

Your friends at Aquinas Institute hope you can join us! Spread the word!

2018 LECTURE SERIES

Tuesday, March 6 • 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The Catholic View on Health Care Reform: Justice, Public Health, and the Common Good
Presented by Fr. Charles Bouchard, O.P., S.T.D.
Il Monastero Banquet Center • SLU Campus • 3050 Olive St. • St. Louis MO 63103
REGISTRATION INFORMATION
Cost: $25 lunch included. Payment can be made by credit card (see link below) or by check mailed to:

Aquinas Institute, 23 S. Spring Ave., St. Louis, MO 63108

Parking: Free off-street parking (handicap accessible), is available.

Click here to register. For additional information, contact Diane Henderson at 314.256.8856 or henderson@ai.edu
More lectures will be added soon!

Want to learn more about how you can contribute to the mission of Catholic health care? Visit http://www.ai.edu/AORC or contact us at AOR@ai.edu

 

 

 

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An Invitation To Our Next AOR Webinar

FORMATION FOR HEALTH MISSION LEADERSHIP
The Aquinas Approach to Mission Leadership Training
An online info session: 

Wednesday, February 28 at 3:00 pm Central Time

The Executive Master of Arts in Health Care Missions (MAHCM) and the Certificate in Mission Leadership (CML) programs at the Aquinas Institute for Theology have long been recognized as the gold standards in mission leadership training.  Both programs are distinguished for combining a strong theological background with personalized spiritual formation.

Please invite interested employees in your organization to join us for a short webinar and Q&A session on Wednesday, February 28 at 3:00 pm Central Time.

Register here:
Please do not hesitate to call or email me if you have any questions.
Sincerely,
Bernie Backer
Director of Recruitment and Admissions
Aquinas Institute of Theology
23 S. Spring Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63108
314-256-8801
Want to learn more about how you can contribute to the mission of Catholic health care by joining the next cohort of the Certificate for Mission Leadership? Visit www.ai.edu/AORC or contact us at AOR@ai.edu
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SSM, Trinity and Ascension Among Health Systems Announcing Plans to Collaborate on a Not-for-Profit Generic Drug Company

Leading U.S. Health Systems Announce Plans to Develop a Not-for-Profit Generic Drug Company

prescription drugs

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Will help patients by ending shortages and reducing prices”

Catholic Health System leaders weighed in on the need for the ability of patients to access more affordable prescription drugs in an article in Business Insider on January 18, 2018:

  • Laura Kaiser, president and CEO of SSM Health: “All Americans deserve access to high-quality, affordable care. The best way to control the rising cost of health care in the U.S. is for payers, providers and pharmaceutical companies to work together and share responsibility in making care affordable. Until that time, initiatives such as this will foster our ability to protect patients from drug shortages and price increases that limit their ability to access the care they need.”
  • Richard J. Gilfillan, MD, CEO of Trinity Health: “For people in the United States, there is a dangerous gap today between the demand and supply of affordable prescription drugs. If the only way to provide our communities with affordable drugs is to produce them ourselves, then that is what we will do. We look forward to more healthcare systems around the country joining this people-centered effort.”
  • Anthony R. Tersigni, EdD, FACHE, president and CEO of Ascension: “This initiative has the potential to greatly expand the availability and affordability of critically needed medications for millions of Americans, especially for people living in poverty and those most vulnerable.

The Ashley-O’Rourke Center commends SSM, Trinity and Ascension for their efforts to deliver better prescription drug prices to millions of Americans.

 

Want to learn more about how you can contribute to the mission of Catholic health care by joining the next cohort of the Certificate for Mission Leadership? Visit www.ai.edu/AORC or contact us at AOR@ai.edu 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Becoming Mission Leaders Webinar

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How to become a much-needed mission leader in Catholic health care organizations.

An online info session: Wednesday, January 24 at 3:00 pm Central Time

The Executive Master of Arts in Health Care Missions (MAHCM) and the Certificate in Mission Leadership (CML) programs at the Aquinas Institute for Theology have long been recognized as the gold standards in mission leadership training.  Both programs are distinguished for combining a strong theological background with personalized spiritual formation.

Please invite interested employees in your organization to join us for a short webinar and Q&A session on Wednesday, January 24 at 3:00 pm Central Time.

To RSVP, please email me at backer@ai.edu or call 314-256-8801.
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/551895502
Or Telephone:
US: +1 646 558 8656  or +1 669 900 6833
Meeting ID: 551 895 502
Sincerely,

Bernie Backer
www.ai.edu
314-256-8801

Want to learn more about how you can contribute to the mission of Catholic health care by joining the next cohort of the Certificate for Mission Leadership? Visit www.ai.edu/AORC or contact us at AOR@ai.edu 

CHW Shines a Spotlight on AOR’s Rebecca Heitkam

Rebecca Heitkam

Rebecca Heitkam, one of our current Certificate for Mission Leadership – CML participants at the Ashley O’Rourke Center, is featured in Catholic Health World this month. Rebecca is a registered nurse and the specialty director of congregational health ministry and nursing support at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital. As Emory St. Joseph’s hospital’s faith community nursing coordinator, Rebecca is responsible for developing and implementing faith community nursing and nursing outreach in Atlanta.

Rebecca has already demonstrated her deep faith commitment to mission leadership in Catholic Healthcare as a member of CML Cohort 3. We are blessed to be able to include her in our Ashley-O’Rourke community.

Read about her work in this month’s Catholic Health World.

Want to learn more about how you can contribute to the mission of Catholic health care by joining the next cohort of the Certificate for Mission Leadership? Visit www.ai.edu/AORC or contact us at AOR@ai.edu 

A Round of Applause

Congratulations to our Executive MA in Health Care Mission program who completed their studies this past semester.

Standing left to right in the photo below are Christopher Manson, St. Joseph Health, Orange, CA; Greg Pope, St. Thomas Health, Nashville, TN; Rita McCloskey Payne, St. Vincent Seton Cove Spirituality Center, Kokomo, IN.

Seated from left are Dr. Kimberly Zoberi, SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital; Andrew Ochs, Saint Thomas Health, Kansas City, MO; Margaret Tichacek, Via Christi Health, Wichita, KS; Deanna Ford, Mercy Health, Youngstown, OH; and Sr. Tuy Tran, CSJ, St. Joseph Health, Orange, CA.

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On this Feast of Mary…

Dear Friends of AOR,

Earlier in the week, I shared this poem with a group of senior health care leaders whom I have the privilege of teaching this semester.  On this Feast of the Immaculate Conception, may you find blessing here, too.

As the Christian Church turns itself toward the Season of Advent this weekend, I offer you a poem that I hope that you will take time to reflect on as well. Our focus has been on Jesus, and rightly so. This poem invites us to reflect on the one human being who made the manifestation of Jesus in the flesh possible. As you consider the poet’s words about Mary, I invite you to think about Advent as a season were we are all invited by God’s messengers, unlikely angels perhaps, who approach us with surprising news, impossible offers, and possibly the one opportunity to bear into the world a light we did not know we could bear…

May you be blessed,

 Sr. Colleen Mary

Annunciation
(Denise Levertov)

‘Hail, space for the uncontained God’ (From the Agathistos Hymn, Greece, VIc)

We know the scene: the room, variously furnished,
almost always a lectern, a book; always
the tall lily.
Arrived on solemn grandeur of great wings,
the angelic ambassador, standing or hovering,
whom she acknowledges, a guest.

But we are told of meek obedience. No one mentions
courage.
The engendering Spirit
did not enter her without consent.
God waited.

She was free
to accept or to refuse, choice
integral to humanness.

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Aren’t there annunciations
of one sort or another
in most lives?
Some unwillingly
undertake great destinies,
enact them in sullen pride,
uncomprehending.
More often
those moments
when roads of light and storm
open from darkness in a man or woman,
are turned away from
in dread, in a wave of weakness, in despair
and with relief.
Ordinary lives continue.
God does not smite them.
But the gates close, the pathway vanishes.

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She had been a child who played, ate, slept
like any other child – but unlike others,
wept only for pity, laughed
in joy not triumph.
Compassion and intelligence
fused in her, indivisible.

Called to a destiny more momentous
than any in all of Time,
she did not quail,
only asked
a simple, ‘How can this be?’
and gravely, courteously,
took to heart the angel’s reply,
perceiving instantly
the astounding ministry she was offered:

to bear in her womb
Infinite weight and lightness; to carry
in hidden, finite inwardness,
nine months of Eternity; to contain
in slender vase of being,
the sun of power –
in narrow flesh,
the sum of light.
Then bring to birth,
push out into air, a Man-child
needing, like any other,
milk and love –

but who was God.

 

 

CML Cohort 3

Our newest Cohort members for the Certificate in Mission Leadership are Alysha Berger and Frank Ruelas from Sisters of Mercy at SJHMC in Phoenix, Ebony Brown from Saint Francis Healthcare in Wilmington, Delaware, Toni Conley and Grant Rice from Trinity Health, Becky Heitkam from Emory St. Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta and Elizabeth Meehan from Catholic Health of Long Island.

Cohort #3 came to Aquinas for their Opening Orientation and Retreat on the first week of September. We all got to know each other a little bit and our new Cohort members were able to familiarize themselves with the tools and resources they will use throughout their time in the program.