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Guatemala relief: Dollar-for-dollar matching donation

By Rod Hochman June 8, 2018

At Providence St. Joseph Health, the people of Guatemala have a very special place in our hearts. More than 1,000 of our caregivers have traveled to the country over the last five years to volunteer in clinics, villages and schools as part of our Global Partnerships Program.  The people we meet and...


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Addressing homelessness, mental health and more

By Rod Hochman June 1, 2018

Of everything we do across Providence St. Joseph Health, I am always inspired by the way our caregivers and community partners work together to meet local health needs. That’s why I’m excited to share our latest community benefit report, which is now available online.  I encourage you to take a...


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What my parents' deaths taught me about end-of-life care in America

By Rod Hochman May 21, 2018

Though we don’t talk about it much as a society, most Americans say that when the time comes, they want to die peacefully in their own homes. Unfortunately, many of us will not get that chance. Many deaths in this country continue to take place in hospitals or nursing homes, often due to...


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Heroes: 3 inspiring acts of bravery by PSJH nurses

By Rod Hochman May 13, 2018

These days, it seems mass violence and cataclysmic natural disaster have become far too common place. It’s unsettling. But what gives me hope are the inspiring accounts of heroism – strangers helping strangers – that have emerged amid the grief. I am very proud to share three such stories with you....


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Standing up for victims of sex trafficking

By Rod Hochman April 30, 2018

At a time when our nation’s two political parties don't often agree on much, they recently came together to agree on this: The Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in Congress earlier this month and was quickly signed into law by President Trump.  At...


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Reducing our carbon footprint

By Rod Hochman April 22, 2018

As Pope Francis reminds us in his 2015 encyclical on climate change, "The climate is a common good, belonging to all and meant for all. At the global level, it is a complex system linked to many of the essential conditions for human life." In this interconnected world, we all need to do our part to...


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Volunteering is one way to "do all the good you can"

By Rod Hochman April 10, 2018

When I think about the amazing work our caregivers do, I am often reminded of the wonderful quote by John Wesley: “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, for all the people you can, as long as you ever can.”  Across Providence St. Joseph Health, I meet many...


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Empowering our patients via Apple’s new health records feature

By Rod Hochman April 2, 2018

If you’re an iPhone user, you may be familiar with Apple’s Health app. It helps you keep track of how many steps you take, how much sleep you’re getting, what you’re eating and how often you stop to quiet your mind and relax.   Now, the app features a new health records section that can help you...


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Introducing the new Mission statement for Providence St. Joseph Health

By Rod Hochman March 20, 2018

The Sisters of Providence and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange had a clear sense of purpose when they traveled West 160 years ago. They came to serve those in need and to be a source of healing and love in the world.  Though we have used different words to express it over the years, the Mission...


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Cuts to discounted drug program will hurt vulnerable populations

By Rod Hochman March 2, 2018

If you want to stay abreast of issues related to health care for low-income populations, one to watch is the 340B Drug Discount program. Recent cuts to this program will undoubtedly devastate some vital programs and services for those who are poor and vulnerable. I recently spoke to Morning Consult...


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