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Healing and Hope on the Front Line
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a stressful, life-changing and, in some cases, faith-challenging experience for everyone. I recognize that some of you who are reading this column have experienced personal loss as result of the pandemic and I extend my sympathies to you. As CEO of a Catholic hospital, one of the most stressful things to have witnessed was the discussion around how to allocate scarce resources to our fellow human beings. The Italian government reportedly recommended that health care resources be rationed to patients by age and the largest number of life years saved. Others suggested to first save those with the highest quality-adjusted life-year (QALY), which is a measure of disease burden that includes both the quality and the quantity of life lived. Imagine having to make these choices when you have taken an oath to heal and protect.
Catholic Charities NH Brings Its Healing Touch to the COVID-19 Crisis
The year 2020 was bound to be memorable for Catholic Charities New Hampshire. It planned a year of events celebrating its 75th anniversary that kicked off with an Ice Ball gala, only to have everything halted as the novel coronavirus took hold across the state shortly thereafter. How did CCNH respond? Just as it has for 75 years: by imitating Christ through its tireless efforts to heal, comfort and empower those most in need. Here, in their own words, are the reflections of three people on CCNH’s efforts.
St. Joseph Hospital, a member of Covenant Health, offers patients a wide array of interpreter services. They range from interpreting 240 different languages, including American Sign Language (ASL), to delivering auxiliary aids to meet the needs of patients who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind/low vision or who have a speech disability.