The Catholic Church has a long history in healthcare. Sisters of Charity, Sisters of Mercy, Franciscans, Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, Dominican Sisters and many more have cared for the sick throughout the state. The Diocese does not run or sponsor their work, but they represent the presence and work of the church in Mississippi.
St. Dominic Hospital
St. Dominic Health Services, sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois, is the parent organization operating St. Dominic Hospital, St. Catherine’s Village, Madison Health Services and Community Health Services–St. Dominic, Inc., which incorporates the outreach services of The Club at St. Dominic’s, New Directions for Over 55, St. Dominic Community Health Clinic and the Care-A-Van screening program.
Tutwiler Clinic is now a part of Tallahatchie General Hospital and began as a non-profit entity founded in 1983 by Sister Anne Brooks, D.O., and three other Sisters of the Holy Names for the purpose of providing wholistic health care in Tallahatchie County, located in the middle of the Mississippi Delta.
The Crucial Role of Nurses in Public Health Emergencies
Even before the coronavirus arrived, experts projected a 200,000-person shortfall of U.S. nurses in 2020. A nursing shortage affects widespread access to healthcare and compromises the quality of care received by patients. Some startling statistics include a finding that, even without a pandemic, adding just one additional patient to a nurse’s workload causes a 7% increase in inpatient mortality.