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With God on Our SideThe Struggle for Workers' Rights in a Catholic Hospital$
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Adam D. Reich

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801450662

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801450662.001.0001

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The Labor of Love

The Labor of Love

Vocational Commitments in the Hospital

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With God on Our Side

Adam D. Reich

Cornell University Press

This chapter reviews the historical legacy of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, with particular emphasis on how the values on which Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital (SRMH) was founded continue to find expression in the understandings and practices of hospital workers. After providing a historical overview of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, the chapter considers what happened as the Sisters gave up sole administrative control of SRMH, as well as the frustration experienced by workers as the hospital administration instituted a more secular and more corporate regime—moving from the martyred heart to the managed, or mismanaged, heart. It also discusses the sacred encounters that connected workers to SRMH, along with the workers’ vocational commitments to their patients. Finally, it examines how the emotional intensity of hospital work creates a particular kind of community among SRMH workers.

Keywords:   vocational commitments, Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, hospital workers, hospital administration, martyred heart, mismanaged heart, sacred encounters, hospital work, patients

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