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A St. Louis physician and Aquinas Institute of Theology have launched a Web site for leaders in faith-based health care. The site, Salus & Sofia , is a wisdom community in mission.

Salus & Sofia, which is Latin for “health” and Greek for “wisdom,” offers a peer-reviewed, quarterly journal, Radical Imaging. In the first issue, articles explore health care as a ministry, models of identity and mission, and the social, moral and cultural landscape of Catholic health care. Visitors to the Web site can sign up to receive email notices of future issues of Radical Imaging.

The Web site also offers password-protected online discussions about topics such as professional and spiritual formation, community outreach and advocacy, ideas for collaboration and health care mission resources.

Aquinas Institute, a graduate school on the campus of Saint Louis University, sponsors the site. The school was among the first schools in the United States to offer a graduate degree to Catholic health care executives as a means of sustaining the philosophies and practices central to the care begun by religious orders decades ago.

Fred Rottnek, M.D., created the site with assistance from faculty and staff at Aquinas Institute. Rottnek is medical director for corrections medicine in the St. Louis County Department of Health and a family physician with the Institute for Research & Education. Rottnek also was in the first graduating class in the Master of Arts in Health Care Mission program and is the newly named assistant director.

“Fred has created something unprecedented with this Web site,” said Fr. Charles Bouchard, O.P., president of Aquinas Institute. “It provides an opportunity to build a national, even global, wisdom community – a community that can strengthen the mission of Catholic health care.”

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