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American Catholic hospitals : a century of changing markets and missions /
Barbra Mann Wall.
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New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2011.
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xv, 238 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
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081354940X (hardcover : alk. paper), 9780813549408 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2011.
isbn
081354940X (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780813549408 (hardcover : alk. paper)
contents note
From sisters in habits to men in suits -- A "precarious" economic scene -- Religion, gender, and the public representation of Catholic hospitals -- Regardless of color, race, creed, or financial status -- Catholic hospitals and the federal government -- Harassed by strikes or threats of strikes -- Practical solutions to complicated problems -- "S" stands for "Sister," not "stupid."
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7453239
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 187-230) and index.
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In American Catholic Hospitals, Barbra Mann Wall chronicles changes in Catholic hospitals during the twentieth century. Wall explores the Church's struggle to safeguard its religious values. As hospital leaders reacted to increased political, economic, and societal secularization, they extended their religious principles in the areas of universal health care and adherence to the Ethical and Religious Values in Catholic Hospitals, leading to tensions between the Church, government, and society. Wall undertakes unprecedented analyses of the gendered politics of post-Second Vatican Council Catholic hospitals, as well as the effect of social movements on the practice of medicine.
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Appeared in Choice on 2011-09-01:
Wall (Univ. of Pennsylvania) traces the nursing and management roles of nuns and brothers in church-related US health care institutions as advocates for social justice and Vatican-endorsed human reproduction principles. The time period covered is the mid-19th to the early-21st century. The societal factors that these religious personnel faced during this period included an increasingly secularized society, a church moving toward and then away from the ecumenism of Vatican Council II, and a laicized hospital staff and administration resulting from substantially fewer church vocations. This book's stated focus is to explain "how and why many religious influences remain prominent in the hospital marketplace." The author uses case studies of specific health care institutions to discuss unionization, the civil rights movement, hospital mergers, and federal medical insurance for the elderly and the indigent. This well-documented volume will be a useful addition for collections supporting academic programs in public health, hospital administration, bioethics, and divinity, and for comprehensive collections in the history of medicine. Includes extensive footnotes and an index, but no bibliography. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above; general readers. R. D. Arcari University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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"Wall presents a compelling and well-documented narrative of the dynamic transformation of Catholic hospitals in twentieth-century America. Drawing on records from Catholic congregations throughout the United States, she reveals an admirable perseverance of religious caregivers, demonstrated by their willingness to adapt to socioeconomic forces often inimical to charitable care."
"Wall provides solid scholarship and engaging insight into the historic and contemporary contributions of American Catholic hospitals and their ability to adapt and serve amid the changing landscapes of church and state, culture wars, and healthcare reforms of the 20th century."
"Wall provides solid scholarship and engaging insight into the historic and contemporary contributions of American Catholic hospitals and their ability to adapt and serve amid the changing landscapes of church and state, culture wars, and healthcare reforms of the 20th century." Carol K. Coburn, author of Spirited Lives: How Nuns Shaped Catholic Culture and American Life, 1836-1920
"American Catholic Hospitals offers a tremendous amount of new material and refreshing perspectives on current health care system challenges in the United States." Sioban Nelson Bloomberg, Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto
"In American Catholic Hospitals, Barbra Mann Hall traces the ways Catholic hospitals have accommodated changes both within the church and in society over the last century. Her book is well reseached and a fascinating read."
" American Catholic Hospitalsoffers a tremendous amount of new material and refreshing perspectives on current health care system challenges in the United States."
" American Catholic Hospitalsoffers a tremendous amount of new material and refreshing perspectives on current health care system challenges in the United States." Sioban Nelson Bloomberg, Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto
" American Catholic Hospitalsis fair, balanced, insightful, and intriguing. The story Wall tells-a story about a significant segment of the US health care system-is meticulously documented. Readers will find her study to be illuminating, even inspirational."
"Wall traces the nursing and management roles of nuns and brothers in church-related US health care institutions. This well-documented volume will be a useful addition for collections supporting academic programs in public health, hospital administration, bioethics, and divinity, and for comprehensive collections in the history of medicine. Recommended."
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Here, Barbra Mann Wall chronicles changes in Catholic hospitals during the 20th century, many of which are emblematic of trends in the American healthcare system.
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In American Catholic Hospitals, Barbra Mann Wall chronicles changes in Catholic hospitals during the twentieth century, many of which are emblematic of trends in the American healthcare system. Wall explores the Church's struggle to safeguard its religious values. As hospital leaders reacted to increased political, economic, and societal secularization, they extended their religious principles in the areas of universal health care and adherence to the Ethical and Religious Values in Catholic Hospitals, leading to tensions between the Church, government, and society. The book also examines the power of women--as administrators, Catholic sisters wielded significant authority--as well as the gender disparity in these institutions which came to be run, for the most part, by men. Wall also situates these critical transformations within the context of the changing Church policy during the 1960s. She undertakes unprecedented analyses of the gendered politics of post-Second Vatican Council Catholic hospitals, as well as the effect of social movements on the practice of medicine.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations and Tablesp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
List of Abbreviationsp. xv
From Sisters in Habits to Men in Suitsp. 1
A Precarious Economic Scenep. 23
Religion, Gender, and the Public Representation of Catholic Hospitalsp. 55
Regardless of Color, Race, Creed, or Financial Statusp. 73
Catholic Hospitals and the Federal Governmentp. 103
Harassed by Strikes or Threats of Strikesp. 127
Practical Solutions to Complicated Problemsp. 154
S Stands for "Sister," Not "Stupid"p. 175
Notesp. 187
Indexp. 231
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