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Event Recap: In Our Hands: Changing Ourselves, Our Communities, Our Nation

The Veritas Institute was featured at the 2009 Catholic Health Assembly on June 8. T. Dean Maines, president of the Veritas Institute; Arnold Weimerskirch, executive fellow at the Veritas Institute; and Bill Brinkmann, vice president of leadership formation at Ascension Health, presented “The Catholic Identity Matrix: Data-Driven Mission Integration,” at the 2009 Catholic Health Assembly June 8 in New Orleans. The assembly, “In Our Hands: Changing Ourselves, Our Communities, Our Nation,” was hosted by the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA), which attracts Catholic health care leaders from all over the United States.

The trio’s presentation discussed the development of the Catholic Identity Matrix (CIM) and its use at Ascension Health, the nation’s largest Catholic and largest not-for-profit health system. The presentation also reviewed concrete organizational improvements that have resulted from the application of the CIM. The Catholic Identity Matrix is an organizational assessment process that helps Catholic health care institutions evaluate the degree to which their current policies and processes are consistent with principles of the Catholic moral tradition. By identifying gaps between the detailed requirements of these principles and current practices, the CIM helps an organization modify its operations in a way that better aligns behavior with critical moral values.

“We believe that, over time, systematic application of the CIM can allow a Catholic health care institution to strengthen its identity as a Catholic ministry,” said Maines. “We were extremely encouraged that there were other leading-edge health care systems that also saw the validity of the process, and we are looking forward to spreading this tool throughout the industry.”

The CIM is the product of a collaboration between Ascension Health and the Veritas Institute, with support from the University of St. Thomas’ John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought and the Gonzaga Ethics Institute at Gonzaga University.

Read the CHA’s coverage

University of St. Thomas Press Release, 06/09/2009