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Resource: Catholic Health Association (CHA) tool By Their Fruits You Will Know Them: Mission Assessment and Measurement

The Catholic Health Association (CHA) recently launched an online resource for its members, entitled By Their Fruits You Will Know Them: Mission Assessment and Measurement. The resource highlights mission evaluation and measurement processes that have been applied successfully within four Catholic health care systems. The Catholic Identity Matrix (CIM), an organizational assessment process jointly pioneered by the University of St. Thomas’ Veritas Institute and Ascension Health, was featured in the online resource created for CHA members. The CIM adapts the Self-Assessment and Improvement Process for use within Catholic health care institutions.

The Catholic Identity Matrix feature includes an interview with T. Dean Maines, president of the Veritas Institute, and Bill Brinkmann, vice president of Leadership Formation at Ascension Health. They discuss the development of the CIM, its use at Ascension Health, and the concrete organizational changes that have resulted from its application. Maines and Brinkmann have been invited to speak about the CIM at the CHA’s annual conference, which will be held in New Orleans June 7-9, 2009. CHA provides support for Catholic health care organizations throughout the United States in the areas of mission, ethics and advocacy.

University of St. Thomas Press Release, 02/11/2009