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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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Parkland: Enough is enough

By Rod Hochman February 21, 2018

When news broke about last week’s shooting in Parkland, Fla., it was unbearable to see the faces and learn the stories of the 17 innocent students and teachers who were murdered in the middle of a school day. Once again, our nation’s children were the targets of a brutal massacre. I can’t begin to...


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DACA: Our letter to Congress

By Rod Hochman February 19, 2018

At Providence St. Joseph Health, we are proud that 147 of our caregivers are “Dreamers," or individuals covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program. DACA gives these young immigrants the opportunity to temporarily live, study and work legally in the U.S. without risk of...


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Health care needs leaders, not managers

By Rod Hochman February 15, 2018

At Providence St. Joseph Health, we aren’t looking to cultivate and hire managers. We're interested in people who have the courage to be leaders. That’s why we’ve tried to expunge the word “manager” from our lexicon. Instead, we refer to the more than 7,200 individuals who lead teams across our...


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Let's put health care over politics

By Rod Hochman February 8, 2018

It's time for a bipartisan approach to health care. That's why Providence St. Joseph Health is proud to join the United States of Care, a group of diverse organizations that have come together to make the American health care system better for everyone. Together, we're taking a stand on three basic...


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Amazon-JP Morgan-Berkshire deal: A sign of the times

By Rod Hochman January 30, 2018

Providence St. Joseph Health has been preparing for disruption in health care by new entrants for some time. In fact, we recently included it on our list of top predictions for 2018. And earlier this month at the JP Morgan Healthcare Investors Conference, Dan Diamond of POLITICO asked me this...


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