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Realizing the benefits of his two year experience in Ascension Health’s Executive Ministry Leadership Formation, Dr. Marc Barrett, Senior Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs envisioned a similar experience for physicians at Providence Healthcare Network, an Ascension ministry in Waco, Texas. Based on his 27 years as a practicing urologist, he recognized that most already busy physicians would be reluctant to commit to further time away from their family.
With the goal to increase physician engagement in the Catholic healthcare ministry by focusing on the spiritual practice of medicine, Dr. Barrett and Jonathan Ford, Vice President for Workplace Spirituality and Leadership Formation, developed a Physician-Spouse Formation program which is now in its fourth cohort.
This is one of several videos that demonstrate the power of the 24 physician-spouse teams that have been involved.
The outcomes of Physician-Spouse Formation have resulted in stronger awareness of how medicine is a spiritual practice, greater engagement in our healthcare Mission, and stronger relationships which have shared the challenges of medical practice, family difficulties, deaths, births and significant health issues. Dr. Barrett remarked that we now deal with our work, our patients and each other on a different level. The difference is not easily quantitated with metrics or dashboards, but there is a new appreciation of how our culture must change to support further formative experiences and Ascension initiatives as a whole.
One Physician-Spouse Formation participant said of the program, “Formation was very important for me to reconnect me with why I went into medicine to begin with. It has been very encouraging to journey together and hear from other couples who are struggling with the exact things that we are.”
Another participant added that, “Our Cohort has become the protection of the soul. We’ve been to thousands of meetings and have never felt like we were “together.” With our Cohort we have hope. There has been nothing like it in our whole medical career. My prayer? That we will help more doctors and their spouses discover this gift!”
Dr. Barrett summed up the program well by saying, “Ascension’s vision is to promote a healthcare environment that supports physicians in their inherent calling to provide compassionate, life-enriching holistic care to patients and families, and enriches a physician community with a sense of balance, meaning, and life purpose. In Physician- Spouse Formation, the journey deepens the understanding of the healing ministry and both the physician and spouse appreciate the support and giftedness of each.”
From our modest beginning 110 years ago, to our current ministry of over 2,000 associates, physicians, and volunteers, serving over 200,000 Central Texans, Providence Healthcare Network has a lot to celebrate! We celebrate those who answered the call over a century ago to provide care to the poor and vulnerable in Waco; we celebrate our generous donors within our community whose support allows us to continue providing Central Texans with quality care; we celebrate our dedicated team of women and men who are committed to providing compassionate, excellent care; we celebrate our continued focus of healing the sick. And our 110th Anniversary Gala did just that—with a sold out venue, we celebrated 110 years of serving our community with the safest, highest-quality, most efficient healthcare to those we are called to serve.
As we celebrate the journey that has brought us to where we are today, we renew our vow to our community that we will never stray from the foundation on which Providence was built. For as St. Vincent DePaul once said, “God has honored us in our Call to Serve.” We are blessed with a rich history and it is a story worth sharing. Click here to view our new “Call to Serve” video that debuted at the anniversary celebration.
March 24th, 2015
[Waco, Texas] —Providence Diabetes Management Center has recently renewed its status as an accredited diabetes education program by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), a National Accredited Organization (NAO), certified by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This allows the people with Diabetes in and around [geographical area] increased access to high quality diabetes education services.
Diabetes education is a collaborative process through which people with or at risk for diabetes gain the knowledge and skills needed to modify behavior and successfully self-manage the disease and its related conditions. The program is comprehensive and taught by diabetes
“AADE’s accreditation assures that an accredited program meets the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support. Programs who meet this criteria are considered high quality and have been shown to improve the health status of the individuals who embrace the education and help to modify sometimes unhealthy behaviors, or simply provide the education that the person with diabetes has not previously received” said Leslie E. Kolb, RN, BSN, MBA, Accreditation Director for the Diabetes Education Accreditation Program. “The Providence Diabetes Management Center is exactly the type of program we envisioned when we set up our accreditation in 2009.”
Providence Healthcare Network's Human Resource Department has won the 2015 McLennan County Employer of the Year Award from Heart of Texas Workforce Solutions. Congratulations TEAMPROVIDENCE!