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10 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana "t -Must keep faith identity, says C HA head NEW ORLEANS (CNS) -- The people served by the health care ministry "reveal to us the face of Gbd and remind us of what we are all about: being instruments of God's healing love," said the new president and CEO of the Catholic Health Association. Father Michael Place made the comments in an address titled "The Face of a Community in Ministry: Passionate, Determined, Responsible" during the orga- nization's 83rd annual assembly June 7:10 in New Orleans.- Father Place became president of the St. Louis-based CHA in February after serving the Chicago Archdio- cese for more than 20 years, most recently as consul for policy development. He was formally installed as head of the organization at the New Orleans meeting. In his address he urged the health care workers to strengthen the Catholic identity of their mission. "We do not seek to strengthen our ministry identity in order to separate ourselves from others," he said, but to ensure that the very reason for Catholic health cafe's existence is expressed in everything it does. "The consistency between the claims we make and our actions in light of those claims will be what distin- guishes us in health care as in all other endeavors," he added. He called on today's health care leaders "to ensure that the soul of the ministry is passed on, so that tomor- row's leaders, Catholic or not, are up to the challenge of the next millennium." The ministry "must seek ways to pass on to future leaders not just the ideis and words, but the feel, the dream, and the story of the Catholic imagination, with all its richness, depth, and complexity," he said. Father Place also urged participants to think more broadly in terms of developing partnerships with other Catholic organizations. He noted that many Catholic health care organizations "have done this, but that in such joint ventures the "thorny question" often emerges of who will be in charge. "Let those religious institutes which have let go of what they have held dear for so long in order to cosponsor something new be a witness to us all," he said. "We must be bold and willing to take risks, even risks unto death," he continued, adding that health care entities "must consider new ways to partner with and support physicians." The priest also emphasized the importance of having a deep understanding of, and commit- ment to, health care as a social good. Health care can never be considered a mere commodity, he said, but must always be regarded as a "social good or pub- lic good rendered on the basis of need rather than the ability to pay." "The millions of persons who lack access to effective basic health care cry out for Our assistance," he said. Before renewing a campaign for health care reform across the board, Father Place said the health care com- munity must regain the trust of the many Americans. That can be done, he said, by becoming "more tightly connected to the communities we serve." , "Our strength is in the local, our strength is in the communities called parishes that gather us to break open the Word and to serve the world," he The priest also outlined three CHA members should pursue -- Developing an explicit shared vis i0nt the stimulus and direction for Cathol istry between now and 2005. -- Clarifying CHA's identity as an development of a greater sense of -- Designing and executing CHA at strengthening the ministry's he millions of persons access to effective o" out for our as, care cry During the four-day offered on partnerships, children's innovate approaches to senior options and research on spiritual care. Also at the meeting, the CHA released June 8 expressing its eral Janet Reno's decision not to prosecute q prescribe lethal drugs as outlined under law allowing assisted suicide. RenD said June 5 that the federal Administration has no authority to arrest drug licenses of doctors who provide lethal icine under the Oregon law that took effect The Secret's Out Natural Family Planning offers new hope for il Success rates from the NFP-Based Pope Paul VI Institute Infertility Program* 80% ............ 50-75% 62.5/o 10-60% 10-30% Type of Infertility Stadlers received treatment for these two underlying conditions simultaneously, they achieved a pregnancy after two more men- strual cycles. After the birth of their first baby, the Stadlers tried to achieve a pregnancy again without NFP charting and failed. Once they resumed chart- ing, they became pregnant by the second cycle without med- ical intervention. When the Stadlers joined St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish in North Platte, their priest asked Laurie if she would become an NFP Prac- titioner for their area. She accepted. During practitioner training, she realized she had signs of an hormone imbalance that she had not experienced before in her previous charting. The couple had been trying to achieve another pregnancy for a year and a half with no results. When Laurie had this new condition treated, they achieved a pregnancy again within two cycles. Her NFP clients appreciate hearing from her own personal experience, the contribution NFP has made to the life of their family. NFP works effectively to help couples achieve a pregnancy. Using the Creighton Model of the Ovulation Method of NFP, 76 percent of couples of normal fertility having intercourse on days of fertility will achieve a pregnancy in that first cycle. Because 98 percent of the cou- ples of normal fertility achieve a pregnancy by the sixth month or cycle, NFP cuts the time nec- essary to determine infertility in half. Health professionals wait 12 months before trying to infertility have nancies by the without any tion. In these ple had been trying t pregnancy for three coming to NFI: one-and-a-half yearS. For more it otze of Family Mary's 485-4110; tion Planning Cycle for Couples of Normal Fertility Pregnancy Rate Achieving Pregnancy First 76 % preg0a0t Third 90 % pregnant ly at make the Family. vices in St. Mary's Fou 485-4265. Natural are available Health Matters at The price covers ductory Session one year. NFP cuts the time needed to define infertility in half, from 12 to six months. define infertility in a couple not using NFP. The Creighton Model is 2040 percent effective in helping cou- ples who struggle with infertili- ty to achieve a pregnancy with- out medical intervention. One-fourth of the couples com- ing to St. Mary's Medical Center NFP Office seeking help with Arnenorrhea (no ovulation) Endometriosis** Polycystic Ovarian Disease** Tubal Disease and Adhesions Extremely low sperm count *Including medical and surgical intervention **The most commonly seen problems NFP shows some of the highest success rates for the treatment of different causes of infertility The hallmark of Natural Fam- ily Planning, whether it is used to achieve or avoid a pregnancy, is that it works cooperatively with the couple's reproductive system. The outcomes of this cooperative approach include new medical advances in many areas of reproductive health, NEWS,AND COMMENTARY By SOOZI SCHELLER Contributing writer including the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. One of the largest NFP-based medical practice in the country is the Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction. Dr. Thomas W. Hilgers and his staff at the Pope Paul VI Institute have been using Natural Fami- ly Planning as the basis for their treatment and diagnosis of infer- tility for more than 18 years. The NFP approach to infertil- ity begins with an NFP Practi- tioner assisting the couple in charting the woman's menstru- al cycle. Even if the woman does not experience a regular menstrual cycle, this charting of biological markers or the absence of them has value for better diagnostic evaluation and treatment of infertility. The NFP Medical Consultant uses the couple's information to accu- rately pinpoint days when diag- nostic tests should be ordered. The NFP Medical Consultant also looks for patterns in the menstrual cycle which give early indication of where the infertility problem might lie. This attention paid to the indi- vidual couple's situation leads to more effective and some of the least expensive medical care for infertility available today. Laurie E. Stadler and her hus- band from North Platte, Neb., sought medical evaluation from the Pope Paul VI Institute when they experienced infertility sev- eral years ago. Their charting pointed to several areas for eval- uation. Their physician; Dr. Lorna Cvetkovich found endometriosis and treated it with laser surgery. Later, Dr. Cvetkovich diagnosed and treated two other conditions preventing conception. When the ST. MA medical news from a Catholic Healt. h Care perspectwe is a courtesy of Services , ,i:!i!! '