Opening Comments – CHI National Leadership Conference – 2012

Travel was a bugger. Due to the vagaries of airline schedules and bad weather, less than half of the expected cadre from Saint Francis were able to attend. This was unfortunate, as Dr. Traci Rauch and Dr. Michael McGahan were in the group that didn’t make it. Drs Schneider, Boon, and Novinski joined me (Dr. Hein) prior to the opening session for breakfast where we reviewed the agenda and speakers. We decided to text or tweet at the end of the day a brief summary of our thoughts regarding the content and what it may mean for us. I will share some of those thoughts in later blogs.


The session line up for the first day was:


  1. Generative Governance,” by William P. Ryan.
  2. The New Realities of Care Delivery and Accountability,” by Kaveh Safavi
  3. Abolishing Health Inequities,” by Joseph R. Betancourt


However, I thought that the key message was delivered early in the day: Our mission creates our focus, sharpening our vision, as leaders. During a period of unprecedented change in healthcare, we can find unprecedented opportunity by adhering to the mission of the organization. In some sense, our mission is prescient of the work we must now accomplish.


Let me share our mission statement with you:   


“The mission of Catholic Health Initiatives is to nurture the healing ministry of the Church by bringing it new life, energy and viability in the 21st century.  Fidelity to the Gospel urges us to emphasize human dignity and social justice as we move toward the creation of healthier communities.”


The last part about creating healthier communities takes on new meaning in an era of integrated care delivery, shared risk, and payment reform. I do agree that while we reside in the midst of a tempest, we can find the eye of the storm by focusing on the mission of the organization and our goal to create health within the communities we serve.


By beginning with our mission, the entire conference was than centered squarely upon what matters – our communities.