Veritas Institute

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Papers Presented

Conference: The Catholic Identity of Catholic Healthcare Institutions: Challenges and Opportunities within Germany and the United States

Session I: Overviews of Current Challenges to Catholic Healthcare
*In Germany
*In the U.S.

Challenges and Opportunities of Catholic Hospitals in Germany
Dr. Josef Düllings, CEO of the Vincenz-Krankenhaus and President of the Catholic Hospital Manager Association (VKD) in Germany / NRW Paderborn, Germany

Identity and Catholic Healthcare: The Challenge of Leadership Formation, A Call to Action
Dr. André L. Delbecq, D.B.A., J. Thomas and Kathleen L. McCarthy University Professor, Department of Management, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA, USA


Session II: The Distinctive Identity of Catholic Healthcare Organizations
Believable Catholic identity(ies) of Catholic Health Care Institutions
Prof. Dr. theol. habil. Dr. med. Doris Nauer, Vallendar, Germany

The Distinctive Identity of Catholic Healthcare Organizations
Sr. Patricia A. Talone, RSM, Ph.D., Vice President, Mission Services, Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA), St. Louis, MO, USA


Session III: Institutionalizing Catholic Identity
Prof. Bernd H. Mühlbauer, Professor of Business Studies with a major in management in health care system, FH Gelsenkirchen, and CEO of the bmh hospital consulting; Dortmund, Germany

Institutionalizing Catholic Identity: The Catholic Identity Matrix
William Brinkmann, Vice President, Mission Initiatives, Ascension Health, St. Louis, MO, USA;
T. Dean Maines, President, Veritas Institute (formerly known as the SAIP Institute), Opus College of Business, University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, MN, USA;
Mark Taylor, President & CEO, Genesys Health System, Grand Blanc, MI, USA


Session IV: Challenges in Formation I: Critical Requirements
Challenges in formation I: Critical requirements (a German perspective)
Dr. Christoph Scheu, MBA, CEO Klinikum St. Elisabeth, Straubing (Barmherzige Brüder); EFQM Assessor Training, Germany

Jon C. Abeles, Ed.D, Senior Vice President, Catholic Healthcare Partners, Cincinnati,OH, US


Session V: Challenges in Formation II: Best Practices
The Decreasing Role of the Sacrament of Anointing in the Face of Growing
Importance of Religiousness in Healing and Recovery
Janusz Surczykiewicz, Prof. für Pastoraltheologie an der FH für Religionspädagogik, Germany

Formation Best Practices
William Brinkmann, Vice President, Mission Initiatives, Ascension Health, St. Louis, MO, USA


Session VI: Other Vital Process for Building Institutional Alignment
Paul Hüster, St. Augustinus-Kliniken gGmbH, Neuss, head of division, spiritual leadership & communication, Germany


Session VII: Stewardship of the Health Care Ministry
Stewardship of a US Catholic Health Care Ministry
PD Dr. Ulrike Kostka, Caritas Association (national) Freiburg, Germany
Liz Foshage, Vice-President, Finance, Ascension Health, St. Louis, MO, USA