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When our Sisters and friends in Springfield think of St. Dominic’s, they usually think of St. Dominic Hospital which has provided acute care to the people of central Mississippi for 65 years. The hospital is licensed for 517 beds, but a full house is generally in the neighborhood of 400 patients. This makes us a large, not huge like a university hospital, but large. The hospital employs almost 3,000 people, about 700 of them nurses and nurse aids.This is the main hospital building on the South Campus, the main campus.
Today, the hospital sprawls across 18 acres at the intersection of I-55 and Lakeland Drive. CLICK This is a huge leap from the original hospital that was located in downtown Jackson. (Pause about 4 seconds) CLICKPoint out South and North CampiSt. Dominic Centre, housing conference rooms and offices, is on the other side of I-55 and slightly to the north.
The West Tower, one of the medical office buildings, is the most prominent architectural feature. CLICK Completed in 1990, the distinctive gables have since been incorporated in most new construction. It’s part of our “branding.”
Dominican Plaza houses a fitness center, ambulatory (outpatient) surgery center, outpatient rehab, diagnostic imaging and doctor offices.Let’s take a quick tour of the hospital.
The Medical Mall connects the medical office buildings to the hospital. There’s a gift shop and a wonderful coffee bar operated by a local company, CUPS.
Here are some of the nurses. The gentleman in the middle is Kenny Boyles. He’s a Dominican Associate.
This is an Ethics consultation team reviewing the patient’s history. The team is often called in to help with end of life decisions.
As you can see from the pictures and the demographic overview, St. Dominic’s is a complex organization. There are seven subsidiaries and the hospital even has three subsidiaries of its own.The green boxes, the principle subsidiaries are, for now, the focus of the anti-racism effort. At this time it would be way to complex to address the entire organization.
Sponsorship is a relationship of governance. The Springfield Dominicans have four sponsored institutions—St. Dominic’s and three high schools. Each is a separate corporation. This protects the assets of each endeavor while maintaining Catholic identity and the connection to the Springfield Dominicans.
St. Dominic’s Catholic identity stems from the sponsorship of the Dominican Sisters who are in communion with the Pope, the Bishop of Rome and with the bishop of each diocese where we minister. In this diagram the blue dot represents the pope whom Catholics accept as the successor of St. Peter the Apostle. The black dots represent local bishops. The Springfield Dominicans have a direct relationship to the Vatican. That is, the pope recognizes the Springfield Dominicans as a congregation of sisters of the Order of Preachers. In addition, the bishop of each diocese recognizes the institution within his jurisdiction as a Catholic one under our sponsorship.
There’s also a powerful spiritual connection. The Springfield Dominicans, many of whom have never been in Jackson, pray for the success of this ministry. Over the decades, 75 sisters served St. Dominic’s. And many others came to help out for a few weeks or months. They poured their blood, sweat and tears into this ministry. With the support of the medical staff, friends in the business community, and employees, the sisters faced, and overcame, many obstacles by the grace of God. The Sisters take pride in St. Dominic’s past and care deeply for its future.
The Membership Boards holds reserved powers assure that SDHS will maintain its identity as a Catholic Christian healing ministry. There are some additional powers regarding expenditures and debt beyond certain limits, all with the objective of staying true to our purpose.
Sister Dorothea is stepping aside as President and CEO at the end of the year. Claude Harbarger, hospital president, will become the CEO on January 1, 2012. He began as the operations VP over 20 years ago and has been hospital president since 1991. A native Alabamian, Harbarger graduated from Auburn University in 1976 with a degree in psychology and received his masters in health care administration from the University of Alabama-Birmingham. This is one of the top programs in the country for health care leadership. He is an elder at Jackson’s First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, which is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church in America. Although there’s a change in leadership there is continuity of mission.
Mission is the purpose of an organization. St. Dominic Health Services exists to communicate a Christian message, to establish community and to perform service.Let’s unpack each element.
It’s like juggling. Here’s a formal definition of Mission Integration. We integrate our mission IN LIGHT OF the sponsor’s tradition and the teachings of the Catholic Church. This is where the Director of Mission Integration comes into the picture. The director has been trained in the theology and philosophy of Catholic health care and has a extensive knowledge of the sponsor’s heritage. The MI director is here to cultivate and reinforce Dominican and Catholic identity throughout the organization.One of her functions is to provide education in the Dominican tradition and about church teaching so that decision makers have sufficient depth and breadth of knowledge to make decisions in keeping with the sponsor’s vision of the ministry.
Realizing that statistics cannot tell the whole story, we think it’s helpful to review some workforce demographics. Keep in mind, that using AR methodology, all People of Color are counted as one group. After we review this data, we’ll consider systemic racism within St. Dominic Health Services. This data will probably give some clues as to where we’re in good shape and where we have a ways to go.
St. Catherine’s Village, a continuing care retirement community, opened in 1988. It includes Mississippi’s only accredited Alzheimer’s and dementia unit. There are about 450 residents and 250 staff.
Residents at St. Catherine’s Village socialize after a play in the Activity Center (2010).
Two of the RNs at St. Catherine’s who oversee care for residents in the skilled nursing unit.
The Care-A-Van, a mobile screening unit, is part of Community Health Services. It goes to schools, senior centers, and health fairs across central Mississippi. Each year they serve about 17,000 people.
Community Health Services also include The Club at St. Dominic’s, who are very involved in the annual Mississippi Heart Walk. St. Dominic Health Services is one of the sponsors.
The year 2011 marks the 65th anniversary of St. Dominic Hospital. CLICKNow every tree has roots and our roots go very deep.
SDHS Overview for SDART
More than a HospitalPrepared by Susan Karina Dickey, OP For SDART, November , 2011Director of Mission Integration, SDHS
St. D. ASC* St Dominic St. D. Med. Associates Hospital St. D. Integrated Services *Ambulatory PhysiciansPlus Surgery Center PPO St. Catherines VillageSDHS Membership SDHS St. D. Madison Prioress General Health Council CEO Services St. D. FoundationSponsor 1st Intermed Joint Venture Community Health Services
Sponsorship is . . . Sacred Heart Griffin High Schools in Illinois A relationship of governance Rosary recognized by the Catholic Church Marian Catholic Each sponsored institution is an independent corporation
Springfield Dominicans and theChurch Diocese of Jackson
Reserved powers assure continuity Establish or amend the Mission Approve joint ventures or partnerships of major magnitude Appoint CEO/Pres. Appoint Director of Mission Integration in consultation with CEOStained glass window at the Motherhouse showing Dominican shield and torch.
Claude HarbargerTo becomeSt. Dominic CEOJanuary 1, 2012
Mission St. Dominic’s recognizes its basic participation in the mission of the church, which involves two main ministries: Education and Health Care. Three activities—Communicating a Christian message, Establishing Community and Performing Service—express our mission of Christian healing.
Vision Statement We are St. Dominic’s, a Christian healing community called to provide quality, compassionate care and an exceptional encounter everytime.
I CARE Integrity We build trust by doing the right thing, being honest, and adhering to the highest ethical and Catholic moral standards. Collaboration We work together to fulfill our mission of Christian healing. Accountability We take responsibility for our actions and performance. We will be good stewards of time and resources. Respect We believe that all life is sacred and worthy of our deepest reverence. We honor human life by providing for healing of body, mind and spirit. Excellence We always strive to provide an exceptional level of safe, effective clinical outcomes. We pursue the highest standards of performance, quality and service in all we do.
Mission Integration. . . is the harmonization of relationships, plans, processes, information, resource decisions, actions, results and analysis to. support and monitor our mission of Christian healing in light of the sponsors tradition and the teachings of the Catholic Church.
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