The United States and the world spent a large part of 2010 embroiled in healthcare dominated policy discussions. Cost projections, new bureaucracies, rationing realities, bioethical dilemmas, waivers sought by companies and states, conscience clauses and elevating abortion to a healthcare right were just some of the hot button topics that healthcare providers and tax payers wrestled with during the year.
Through the generosity of our donors and the hard work of the Divine Mercy Care and Tepeyac Family Center staff, we were able to affect change and “transform hearts through healthcare” in our community, region and across our nation.
As Divine Mercy Care and Tepeyac Family Center, LLC moved through 2010, the organization experienced the more than miraculous impact of the generosity of our community, friends and donors.
The 2010 Charity Gala planned and hosted by our most dedicated and talented team of volunteers netted $199,699.72.
The regal organization Knights of Columbus of the Catholic Church came forth with a stellar donation of a new 3D/4D Ultrasound machine for the Tepeyac Family Center OB/Gyn medical practice.
Churches, schools, individuals and organizations donated such a large number of infant items that Divine Mercy Care/Tepeyac Family Center was able to distribute approximately sixty (60) baby baskets to women and families who had little to no means of providing these items for their newborn babies.
The SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) Foundation provided twenty (20) “Pack ‘n Play” portable playpen/cribs to needy mothers and babies.
Divine Mercy Care and Tepeyac Family Center’s commitment to providing top notch medical services continued in 2010 as our physicians eagerly participated in seminars and training to hone their skills.
In an effort to provide the best medicine has to offer, Tepeyac Family Center physicians voluntarily participate in the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology’s Maintenance of Certification. In 2010, Tepeyac Family Center’s newest physician received this esteemed Board Certification.
I personally attended the National Catholic Partnership on Disabilities Seminar geared toward our most vulnerable population.
As a means of ensuring that Tepeyac Family Center patients receive the most current technologies and procedures, our physicians continue to attend conferences and trainings on “Advanced Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery.”
Tepeyac Family Center’s commitment to excellence and on-going performance improvement is reflected in our operational statistics. Tepeyac Family Center maintains standard of care statistics and continually compares these numbers to their own previous numbers as well as to national averages to ensure that Tepeyac Family Center is improving their own delivery of services to their patients.
For example, Tepeyac Family Center often exceeds the national benchmarks in areas such as:
- Primary (first) C-Section rates fell well within the Healthy People 2010 Recommendations at 21% for 2010.
- VBAC (Vaginal birth after Cesarean) attempts rate of 24% far exceeded the National Average of attempts at 8%.
- VBAC success rates for 2010 were at 85%.
- Pre-term birth rates (below 37 weeks) rate of 5.7% fell far below the National Average of 12%
- Low birth weight deliveries in 2010 remained pleasingly low at 2.1%.
Divine Mercy Care and Tepeyac Family Center strive to maintain their responsibility to the community and the world by continuing to reach out in service in areas of faith, social justice, and care for the poor and most vulnerable, inspiring other health care providers and educating the next generation.
All of Tepeyac Family Center’s physicians are members of the American Association of ProLife Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
I was personally honored to be able to provide community lecture series on hormonal issues and the use of bioidentical progesterone (a personal favorite topic).
Divine Mercy Care and our vision for the renewal of medicine were featured at healthcare symposiums at Liberty University Law School, The College of William and Mary and the University of Maryland.
Tepeyac Family Center’s “Kristin Anderson Perinatal Hospice Program” coupled with Divine Mercy Care’s annual Memorial Service continues to provide comfort and grief work assistance to families who have lost children to untimely death.
Divine Mercy Care and Tepeyac Family Center’s physicians and staff members willingly donate hours and hours of time to performing lectures, radio and television broadcasts to further sanctity of life, service to the poor and most vulnerable, inspiration to healthcare providers, and education to the next generation.
Tepeyac Family Center’s Physician NFP/Fertility Consultant donated services and talents to an eight week collaborative NFP/Fertility project for Georgetown University medical students in 2010.
Divine Mercy Care assisted in raising funds for the Paul Stefan Home for Women and New Eve Ministries in the region, while supporting 40 Days for Life in the state of Virginia and the District of Columbia.
Nationally, our message of hope and renewal in healthcare resonated as Divine Mercy made appearances at March for Life Weekend, the Students for Life National Conference in Washington, DC and the Students for Life Regional Conference in Alabama.
Divine Mercy also carried this message of hope to business people in New Orleans at Legatus. I was honored to be invited to be keynote speaker at the Vitae Caring Dinner in Washington, DC as well as the “Mercy in Medicine” Conference in San Francisco.
Tepeyac Family Center physicians provided educational opportunities, mentoring, and shadowing to Medical Schools, Physician Assistant and Nursing programs.
Divine Mercy Care and Tepeyac Family Center are positioning themselves for the upcoming fiscal year.
Tepeyac Family Center is implementing new business strategies to streamline costs and expand services to the individuals the organization serves.
Divine Mercy Care is setting long range fundraising goals to assist Tepeyac Family Center in their continued mission of sanctity of life and service to the poor and most vulnerable. Divine Mercy Care is actively strategizing ways to expand services in the future to include fathers and children to accentuate the “family” in “Tepeyac Family Center.”
Divine Mercy Care’s future goals are moving toward seeking alternatives to educate, train and provide support and/or partnership with future faith based physicians, physician practices, medical residents and students and various other healthcare organizations in order to continue Divine Mercy Care’s vision of “Transforming Hearts Through Healthcare.”
John T. Bruchalski, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.
Founder and CEO
Divine Mercy Care/Tepeyac Family Center