May/June 2007

Quality Conference Participants Contribute to Recovery of New Orleans


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Jeanie Mamula, director of quality improvement for Catholic Health Initiatives; Mrs. Aiken; James Aiken, MD; Milt Hammerly, MD, vice president of medical operations and integrative medicine for Catholic Health Initiatives; and Jeff Norton, former director of clinical services for Catholic Health Initiatives, at the 2007 Quality Conference.

Participants in Catholic Health Initiatives’ 2007 Quality Conference in New Orleans, La., learned about disaster preparedness from someone with a first-hand experience. James Aiken, MD, director of emergency services at Louisiana State University Trauma Center, used real examples from Hurricane Katrina in his presentation about successful and unsuccessful strategies for disaster preparation. The conference attendees were so moved by his stories of patients and providers that they collected nearly $800 for Aiken to deliver to the Daughters of Charity Health Center-St. Cecilia. The center serves people in the heavily impacted Bywater and Ninth Ward neighborhoods of New Orleans. Two special conference guests also contributed to the donation. Mr. and Mrs. Varney spoke to the group about the person-centered care they received at Good Samaritan Health Systems, Kearney, Neb., when their son died tragically from a gunshot wound. (Read more about the Varneys and their son in “Breaking the Rules,” Sacred Stories, Eighth Edition.) “The Varneys provided a moving account of how we can make a difference in the lives of patients and their families,” said Milt Hammerly, MD, vice president of medical operations and integrative medicine for Catholic Health Initiatives.