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In Unlikely Entrepreneurs, Barbra Mann Wall looks at the development of religious hospitals in the late nineteenth and early 20th centuries and the entrepreneurial influence Catholic sisters held in this process. When immigrant nuns came to the United States in the late19th century, they encountered a market economy that structured the way they developed their hospitals. Sisters enthusiastically engaged in the market as entrepreneurs, but they used a set of tools and understanding that were counter to the market. Their entrepreneurship was not to expand earnings but rather to advance Catholic spirituality. Wall places the development of Catholic hospital systems (located in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Texas, and Utah) owned and operated by Catholic sisters within the larger social, economic, and medical history of the time. In the modern health care climate, with the influences of corporations, federal laws, spiraling costs, managed care, and medical practices that rely less on human judgments and more on technological innovations, the “modern” hospital reflects a dim memory of the past. This book will inform future debates on who will provide health care as the sisters depart, how costs will be met, who will receive care, and who will be denied access to health services.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Series Page, Title Page, Copyright Page, Dedication
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. p. viii
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. p. ix
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. p. x
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  1. List of Tables
  2. p. xi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. Part 1. Early Background of Catholic Sisters in Health Care
  2. pp. 11-12
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  1. 1. Catholic Sisters in the Hospital Marketplace: The Genesis
  2. pp. 13-34
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  1. 2. "All the Advantages of a Religious Life": Religion, Gender, and New Public Roles
  2. pp. 35-48
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  1. Part 2. Hospital Establishments in the Midwest, Texas, and Utah
  2. pp. 49-50
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  1. 3. Not the Traditional Institution: Catholic Sisters in the Hospital Marketplace, 1853-1880
  2. pp. 51-73
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  1. 4. "An Institution for the Community and Not Narrowly Sectarian": Catholic Hospitals, 1880-1925
  2. pp. 74-101
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  1. 5. "Debts Are Our Only Wealth": Financing and Marketing Catholic Hospitals
  2. pp. 102-126
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  1. Part 3. Religion, Gender, and Autonomy in Catholic Hospitals
  2. pp. 127-128
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  1. 6. "Our Heels Are Praying Very Hard All Day": Nursing in Catholic Hospitals
  2. pp. 129-147
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  1. 7. Power Sharing: Business Negotiations in Catholic Hospitals
  2. pp. 148-165
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  1. 8. Addressing the Times: Nuns and the Standardization Movement
  2. pp. 166-185
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 186-191
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 192-196
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 197-236
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 237-256
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  1. Index
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  1. Other Titles in the Series
  2. pp. 269-270
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814272947
Related ISBN
9780814209936
MARC Record
OCLC
899262139
Pages
267
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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