Rod Hochman

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Supporting our Dreamers

By Rod Hochman September 6, 2017

Immigration is a topic I’ve written about extensively during the past few months.  Why does an organization like Providence St. Joseph Health care so much about this issue? We care because it’s a matter of social justice – one of our core values. It’s also at the heart of Catholic social teachings,...

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Standing in solidarity with Houston

By Rod Hochman August 29, 2017

The news and images coming out of the Texas Gulf Coast have been heart-wrenching. At the same time, it has been inspiring to see the human spirit in action, strangers helping strangers and doing everything possible to take care of one another. Houston is a good 525 miles from Lubbock, Texas, where...

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Charlottesville: We cannot be complacent or silent

By Rod Hochman August 21, 2017

Like many of you, I have been profoundly troubled by the white supremacist movement that seems to be gaining legitimacy across our country and around the world. Recent events in Charlottesville are just one indication that the rhetoric of hate is resonating with many disenfranchised Americans. On a...

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Using our voice to advocate for the poor and the planet

By Rod Hochman July 26, 2017

This post originally appeared as a guest column in the July 1, 2017 issue of Catholic Health World. Recently, I had the privilege of visiting the largest homeless shelter in San Francisco. As I ate lunch with some of the clients, they shared how dehumanizing it can feel to be homeless. “People...

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Promoting the health of immigrants and refugees

By Rod Hochman July 19, 2017

This post originally appeared as an article in the July-August 2017 issue of Health Progress. As Catholic health care providers, we have a special responsibility to serve the least among us and be a voice for the poor and vulnerable. This includes our brothers and sisters who move to the United...

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Senate ACA replacement bill would be a dangerous regression

By Rod Hochman July 13, 2017

This post originally appeared as a guest commentary in Modern Healthcare. I always considered the Affordable Care Act more about health insurance reform than healthcare delivery reform. While far from perfect, it has expanded coverage to millions of Americans who were previously unable to afford...

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Reflecting on one year as Providence St. Joseph Health

By Rod Hochman July 5, 2017

This week marks our one-year anniversary as Providence St. Joseph Health. Time has flown by, which is why I want to pause, and reflect on how much we’ve accomplished over the past year. The reason Providence Health & Services and St. Joseph Health came together is to serve more individuals in need,...

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Talking with Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep about the Senate health bill

By Rod Hochman June 29, 2017

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to speak with Steve Inskeep of NPR's Morning Edition about the health care bill currently in the Senate. If passed, this bill would be devastating to the health of our nation. Our population is getting older and poorer, and Medicaid provides a vital safety net,...

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Three exciting changes at our university in Great Falls, Montana

By Rod Hochman June 13, 2017

Many people may not realize it but the Providence St. Joseph Health family includes a liberal arts university in Great Falls, Montana. It’s an excellent school that has been educating students for 85 years. Today, we’re excited to announce three ways we’re helping the school grow to meet the...

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Health care bill would hurt millions, especially the poor and vulnerable

By Rod Hochman May 25, 2017

Seven years ago, we thought we finally made health care a right in this country, not a privilege. Undoing the progress we’ve made, on the behalf of those who are poor and vulnerable, is unacceptable. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, the proposed American Health Care Act...

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