An invasive population of Burmese pythons (Python molurus bivittatus) is established across several thousand square kilometers of southern Florida and appears to have caused precipitous population declines among several species of native mammals. Why has this giant snake had such great success as an invasive species when many established reptiles have failed to spread?
Founded in 2001 by representatives of seven local organizations, the Refugee Healthcare Partnership (RHP) provides necessary health services and meaningful employment opportunities for refugees in the Tampa Bay, FL, area. Spearheaded by Catholic health care organizations and Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, the RHP was made possible initially by funding from the Bon Secours Mission Fund of Bon Secours Health System, Marriottsville, MD. Florida leads the nation in granting lawful permanent resident status to refugees and asylum seekers.
In 2000, Bon Secours Health System began a growth spurt that added eight hospitals, spreading its operations across nine states. But now it's a different story; since last November the system has announced plans or deals to sell facilities in Florida and Virginia, and leave New Jersey entirely. Incoming CEO Richard Statuto, left, faces a handful of challenges. "We need to determine how effective they've been at right-sizing their organization," a Standard & Poor's analyst says.
Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
BACKGROUND: For Ascension Health's Healthcare That Is Safe strategy, Sacred Heart Hospital (SHH) and Columbia St. Mary's (CSM) served as alpha sites to develop strategies to eliminate perioperative adverse events (POAEs). The alpha sites set an interim goal of a 50% reduction of POAEs, then 100%, or elimination of POAEs by July 2008.
PURPOSE: To assess perspectives of residents: (1) who participated in short-term international medical mission trips (STIMMTs) as medical students regarding impact of the experiences on their professional development; and (2) who did not participate in STIMMTs regarding barriers to participation. METHODS: Three hundred seventy-nine residents from 16 programs at two Florida institutions completed surveys requesting Participant and Trip Details and Impact of Participation (including items rating learning, cultural competency, and social responsibility).
Knowing person as caring is integral to holistic nursing practices. Before a nurse can know other as caring, there must be an intentional focus on knowing self as caring. The purpose of this article is to describe practicing nurses' living of Knowing, Patience, and Courage. This study is part of a larger ongoing study focused on grounding an entire organization in caring values.
BACKGROUND: Clinically relevant questions remain about who uses alternative medicine, which treatments they use and why. METHODS: The random digit dialing survey method was used to ask Florida residents about their lifetime use of 11 different alternative therapies. The response rate was 54% (n=1,012). RESULTS: Sixty-two percent of respondents had used one or more of these alternative therapies. Women, unmarried persons, those with regular physicians, and those with poor self-rated health were the highest users.
In a study to examine the coping styles and quality of life of non-parental caregivers of children with HIV/AIDS, 25 non-parental caregivers used confrontive coping most often and passive and emotive coping much less often. The two most frequently used coping styles were prayer and efforting to maintain some control over the situation. Quality of life correlations showed that support from family/friends was significantly related to all of the quality of life subscales. Time spent caring for the HIV-positive child was significantly inversely related to all aspects of quality of life.
BACKGROUND: Many individuals pray during times of illness, but the clinical effects of prayer are not well-understood. METHODS: We prospectively studied a cohort of 40 patients (mean age, 62 years; 100% white; 82% women) at a private rheumatology practice. All had class II or III rheumatoid arthritis and took stable doses of antirheumatic medications. All received a 3-day intervention, including 6 hours of education and 6 hours of direct-contact intercessory prayer.