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Patient grateful for connection with surgeon

Paula Elfrink, right, is filled with gratitude for the professional and personal relationship she developed with Dr. Stephanie Schnepp, which grew out of her battle with breast cancer. She met Schnepp, left, who was her surgeon at St. Mary’s Hospital.

Tears welled in her eyes and her voice broke as Paula Elfrink apologized to her doctor for calling her Stephanie instead of Dr. Schnepp.

Elfrink explained that she was emotional because she looks at her doctor as she does one of her daughters. Elfrink told the doctor: "I'm sure your mother is so very proud of you."

Catholic Medical Association in St. Louis making a comeback

Dr. Elizabeth Abraham is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the St. Louis Unveristy School of Medicine Division of Nephrology. She is part of a group of physicians re-establishing the Catholic Medical Association St. Louis chapter. She was in the dialysis lab of SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center with nurse Jacque Tanquary.

The local guild of the Catholic Medical Association is undergoing a resuscitation, so to speak, as a resource for Catholic medical professionals and the wider community.

The Catholic Medical Association, a national, physician-led community of health care professionals who uphold principles of the Catholic faith in the science and practice of medicine, has had a presence in St. Louis for years, but in recent years its activities have fallen dormant. An inaugural event will be held April 28 at the Cardinal Rigali Center. The local guild will install its new officers at the event.

Two types of HHS mandate cases are at different points in legal process

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court is involved in two types of issues related to claims by employers who say they should not have to provide coverage of contraceptives in their workers' health insurance plans because this violates the employers' faith-based moral objections.

Both matters revolve around requirements in the Affordable Care Act that employer-provided health insurance include coverage of contraceptives, sterilizations and abortifacients.

Catholic school students receive free eye care through local partnership

Kayia Birchfield had her eyes examined by Dr. Christy Hayes in the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, a mobile vision clinic, during a visit to St. Louis the King School at the Cathedral Dec. 18.

Tayla Porter anxiously sat in a chair as she waited her turn to to see the doctor. The fourth-grader at St. Louis the King School at the Cathedral was about to have an eye exam.

"I've never had glasses before. I want them real bad," she said with a grin on her face. "I want some black ones."

Judge grants injunction, says employer objections to HHS mandate based on religious rights

NEW YORK -- A spokesman for the New York Archdiocese said the archdiocese "welcomes and applauds" a Dec. 13 ruling by a federal judge granting Catholic organizations in the archdiocese and the neighboring Diocese of Rockville Centre a permanent injunction on having to comply with the federal contraceptive mandate in the health care law.

ESPN decides to run 'Hope' ad after all

A message of hope for hospital patients

ESPN, a television network that is known as the worldwide leader in sports, will air a public service ad for SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center after first rejecting it, apparently for its religious content.

"We have again reviewed the ads submitted for the SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center and have concluded that we will accept the original requested commercial," according to a statement on ESPN's website.

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