Rod Hochman

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World AIDS Day: Reflecting on the early days of the AIDS epidemic and the role of our founding sisters

By Rod Hochman December 1, 2021

On World AIDS Day, I’m reminded that our current pandemic is not all that unique in modern history. It’s hard to believe but four decades have passed since the first cases of AIDS were reported in the U.S. in 1981. Woven through those decades are the untold stories of our founding sisters and many...

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At Providence, we have many reasons to be grateful

By Rod Hochman November 18, 2021

It’s hard to believe almost two full years have passed since the first U.S. patient with COVID-19 was admitted to a Providence hospital. In many ways, this second year has been more grueling than the first. Thank you to everyone at Providence for continuing to step up and serve our communities when...

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Our climate crisis is a public health emergency

By Rod Hochman November 2, 2021

Lately I’ve been saying that we are in a pandemic marathon. For nearly two years, hospital systems like Providence have been responding to recurring surges in volumes and it’s been demanding – many times exhausting – for our caregivers. Thanks to their dedication, we have been able to continue...

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Supporting India

By Rod Hochman May 5, 2021

At Providence, our Mission compels us to take action to extend our healing ministry where it is needed most. It is deeply saddening to watch the news and see the human suffering and devastation in India due to COVID-19. We hold everyone affected by this pandemic close in our hearts. We are...

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14 health systems unite to save lives with data

By Rod Hochman February 11, 2021

When Providence established our vision of Health for a Better World, we knew data was key to the future of health and medicine. Health care providers across the country maintain and protect copious records, serving as the custodians of vital health information.  When deidentified and securely...

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MLK Jr. and the healing mission of health care

By Rod Hochman January 18, 2021

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., left us with many powerful teachings and quotes, including this one, which I reflect on often: “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and inhuman.” Dr. King spoke these words in 1966 at a convention for the Medical Committee on Human...

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Our annual predictions: How COVID-19 will reshape healthcare

By Rod Hochman January 12, 2021

Every New Year, my team and I pull together our list of "predictions" for health care for the year ahead. There has been a lot of uncertainty lately, but one thing we know for sure is that COVID-19 and the extraordinary events of last year will have a lasting effect on the health of the nation -...

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COVID-19 Vaccine: How we're mobilizing at Providence

By Rod Hochman December 14, 2020

The Food and Drug Administration's emergency use authorization of the first COVID-19 vaccine is the some of the best news we've received all year. The decision was made after an FDA advisory committee reviewed and validated data showing the vaccine to be safe and highly effective. This is a major...

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A note of gratitude

By Rod Hochman November 25, 2020

As we head into Thanksgiving, I want to express my deepest gratitude to the caregivers of Providence. Thank you for your incredible dedication this year.  Many of us won’t be able to gather with loved ones the way we traditionally do. And some of us will have an empty seat at the table because of a...

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Two bright spots in an uncertain election

By Rod Hochman November 5, 2020

As we await the results of the presidential election, I want to call your attention to two bright spots for health care that are worth celebrating.   The first is a victory for rural health care. Last night, the people of Sonoma County, Calif., voted to give our affiliate, NorCal Health Connect,...

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Rod Hochman
Rod Hochman, M.D.