January 7, 2013
In a new report, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland shares their perspective on health literacy — the issue, the impact on patients and health outcomes, the cost and our personal experience with addressing health literacy locally. The foundation hopes that the lessons learned, experiences and success will encourage others to join in the conversation, seek innovative partnerships, collaborations and stimulate further action within communities, organizations and the health care sector to continue to understand the role of health literacy in positive health outcomes. [More]
December 3, 2012
Nearly 70 women religious (Sisters) attended the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina and Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, co-sponsored conference, “Being Present,” held in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in November. The annual gathering is a part of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina’s Collaboration for Ministry Initiative (CMI), which supports congregations of women religious efforts with the poor and underserved of South Carolina. These Sisters have ministries across the state and the conference is one of the few opportunities they have to connect and discuss their ministries together.
Sister Macrina Wiederkehr, OCB, keynote speaker for the conference, drew from her Benedictine spirituality, shared the message that being present is an art and that each hour of the day holds a special message if we pause to listen. Sisters were encouraged to take breathing spells for their souls, to set the clock of their hearts, to look at their work as service, to find ways to care for themselves and to remember that every day is an opportunity to lean forward to receive each day’s miracle. Sister Macrina closed by sharing, “I’ve been moved by this group, the light and wisdom that is present in this room. Each of you are beacons of light, an encouraging presence and disciples of joy, this is who you are. As you leave this gathering, continue to expect miracles each day.”
The Catholic Diocese of Charleston Bishop Robert Guglielmone also participated in the conference. Bishop Guglielmone opened his remarks by saying, “I offer a silent prayer in my own heart of thanksgiving for all of the Sisters here, their ministries in South Carolina, for the good each of you do in this Diocese. I am eternally grateful for the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and the foundation for bringing us together, for your vision and foresight to provide a space to overcome the isolation many Sisters face across the state and to offer this opportunity for the sharing of stories and support.” Time with the bishop included engaging in conversation with the Sisters, listening and responding to their questions and thanking them for their service. Bishop Guglielmone also celebrated Mass with the Sisters.
Women Religious Advisory Council members, Sister Margie Hosch, OSF; Sister Nancy Hendershot, CSA; Sister Susan Pugh, DC; and Sister Roberta Fulton, SSMN, planned several prayers and rituals for the conference. The conference concluded with a powerful and moving closing ritual and the sharing of “Soul Pictures.” Foundation board members, Yvonne Orr, Sister Miriam Erb, CSA, and Sister Sandra Makowski, SSMN were present, along with foundation staff and CMI consultants, Mark Small, Ph.D. and Kathy Csank.
Sisters of Charity Foundation President Tom Keith offered closing remarks, “I thank you, Sisters, for your presence, unity of spirit, daily ministry and tireless service across South Carolina. This Initiative is one that is very special and dear to my heart, and the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine.”
Sister Miriam Erb, CSA, summarized the conference by saying, “My prayer leaving this gathering is ‘May each of us be a loving presence to ourselves and to all we serve.’”
For more pictures from the conference, visit the conference photo gallery.
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.
November 26, 2012
Plain Dealer Columnist Margaret Bernstein recently focused much attention on innovative programs and individuals that are getting parents more engaged in children’s education in northeast Ohio. Her five-part series spotlighting this topic included coverage of the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood, which is led by the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, and the SPARK initiative (Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids) in Ohio, which was established and is replicated by Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton. [More]
October 26, 2012
Promise Ambassador and founder of Men & Women of Central Jerome Baker was recently honored as a Most Treasured Volunteer by The Center for Community Solutions. Promise Ambassador Lillie Hunter received a commendation from the center. The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland nominated the two for their outstanding and unselfish work in Cleveland's Central Neighborhood. [More]
October 9, 2012
The cost of low health literacy to the United States economy is $106 billion to $236 billion annually. In response, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and Project Learn are presenting the Ohio Health Literacy Conference October 26 in Cleveland. [More]
October 5, 2012
The health system supports Mayor Jackson’s efforts to pass Issue 107 because of the transformational change it will enable the Cleveland Metropolitan School District to undergo, especially within the Central Neighborhood. Through the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland’s work with the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood initiative, we are very aware of how critical this levy is to the children of Cleveland. [More]
October 4, 2012
Building Healthy Communities and St. Vincent Charity Medical Center are hosting the seventh annual Celebration of Wellness interactive family health day Wednesday, October 10 at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center from noon to 5 p.m.
The Celebration of Wellness event is free and open to residents of Cleveland’s Central Neighborhood. It is designed to help support healthier lifestyles in Central Neighborhood, which has been home to the medical center since 1865.
The event features a number of activities that promote health and wellness, including:
A noon walk/run around the hospital’s campus, after which participants receive free t-shirts
Health screenings with medical professionals, including podiatry exams
Information regarding diabetes, stroke, sickle cell anemia, breast health and more
A limited supply of free flu shots
Workshops presented by Garden Boyz (BHC’s youth urban farmers) and volunteers about how to freeze fresh vegetables, how to make a fall container garden, how to use fresh herbs in cooking and how to make healthy after-school snacks
After-school activities for children, including pumpkin decorating, jump rope competitions, football throwing contests and more
What: Celebration of Wellness interactive family health dayWhen: Wednesday, October 10; noon to 5 p.m. (walk/run begins at noon)Where: St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, 2351 East 22nd Street (Meet at the School of Nursing Boler Family Memorial Garden facing Central Avenue on the northeast corner of the hospital’s campus.)
The Celebration of Wellness event is sponsored by St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland.
For more information, call 216.571.1266 to speak with Sharon Glaspie, director of Building Healthy Communities, which is a grassroots neighborhood program that helps people in the Central Neighborhood of downtown Cleveland improve their health.
Building Healthy Communities, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland are ministries of the Sisters of Charity Health System.
September 21, 2012
The Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood initiative is moving full speed ahead with the help of staff, partners, Central neighborhood residents and local schools while waiting for word from the U.S. Department of Education on its application for Promise Neighborhood funding. [More]
September 18, 2012
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland sponsored a recent study, The Harvest of Ministry: Exploring the Ministry of Women Religious in Cleveland, to describe the unique approach of women religious and to inform others who strive to help people in poverty or with other vulnerabilities. [More]
August 6, 2012
The Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood, a local initiative focused on improving schools and educational opportunities for children from cradle to college to career, will be headed by Cleveland native Sonya Pryor-Jones. A graduate from Cleveland schools, Pryor-Jones officially started as director on June 18, and, with the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, will help grow the Promise Neighborhood initiative. [More]