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Tom McGinnFebruary 15, 2021

The shutdowns in the United States—of businesses, restaurants, schools, churches—began one year ago this March. We asked 14 experts to reflect on the biggest lessons from the past year in the hope that they might help us find a better way forward. You can read the rest of the series here.

The mission of CommonSpirit Health is to make the healing presence of God known in our world by improving the health of the people we serve, especially those who are vulnerable, while we advance social justice for all.

As the largest Catholic health system in the United States, we have seen firsthand the ways in which the pandemic has shined a spotlight on critical issues, including lack of access to basic primary care services and ongoing inequities in health. It has also driven important health care innovations like virtual care and telehealth services. We have also learned the real power of our mission. We know that if we continue to lead with our mission, we are heading in the right direction.

Over this past year our mission has been exemplified in the decisions we’ve made and through the dedicated work of our clinicians, nurses and staff. In fact, in a recent survey our employees and providers said the number one reason why they will get the Covid-19 vaccine is “in order to protect others.” We have enhanced our virtual at-home care for Covid-19 patients, which includes frequent check-ins. We have also set up discharge care that provides oxygen and other services to patients at home.

There is much more work to do. Our role to serve and advocate for our communities is more important than ever. Our commitment to serving the common good will continue to guide us during the pandemic, across health care delivery, and across our work in health equity as we collectively work toward a better future.

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