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Catholic Health East Colleagues Co-Author Palliative Care Article for National Publication

January 18, 2011

Vicki Christian-Baggott, Vice President, Clinical Improvement Continuing Care Management Services Network

Philip Boyle, Vice President, Mission and Ethics

Newtown Square, PA, Tuesday, January 18, 2011 -- Philip Boyle, Ph.D., CHE’s VP, mission and ethics and Vicki Christian-Baggott, M.B.A., NHA, RAC-CT, NE-C, CHE’s VP, clinical improvement, continuing care management services network contributed an article for the Jan./Feb. 2011 issue of the Catholic Health Association’s journal Health Progress.

Their work was part of a compendium of articles published under the title “How Four Catholic Systems Approach Palliative Care.” The goal of palliative care is to relieve the pain, symptoms and stress of serious illness-whatever the prognosis. Boyle and Baggott joined three other Catholic systems (including Ascension Health, Providence Health & Services and Bon Secours Health System) in reporting about their palliative care experiences. Each system described their programs, their beginnings, challenges and what they saw for the future. Boyle and Baggott explained how CHE got involved in palliative care and what they experienced both from a clinical side, as well as a practical, system-wide standpoint. Going forward, CHE hopes to continue to develop training opportunities, seek monies for funding and collaborate with others for services and support.

“We have made significant progress with respect to the development and implementation of palliative care programs in these past few years,” said Baggott, who has been instrumental in CHE’s palliative care initiatives since their introduction in 2007.

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Catholic Health East (CHE) is a multi-institutional Catholic health system, co-sponsored by nine religious congregations and Hope Ministries, a Public Juridic Person within Catholic Health East. Based in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, the System provides the means to ensure the continuation of the Catholic identity and operational strength of the sponsors’ health ministries, which are located in 11 eastern states from Maine to Florida. The CHE system includes 34 acute care hospitals, four long-term acute care hospitals, 25 freestanding and hospital-based long-term care facilities, 14 assisted-living facilities, four continuing care retirement communities, eight behavioral health and rehabilitation facilities, 37 home health/hospice agencies, and numerous ambulatory and community-based health agencies. Catholic Health East facilities employ more than 54,000 full-time employees as partners in ministry.