October 24, 2012

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center hosts Pizzazz fundraising event for nearly 1,000

Nearly 1,000 friends and supporters of St. Vincent Charity Medical Center enjoyed the Pizzazz 2012 Gala October 13 at Cleveland Public Hall in downtown Cleveland. Pizzazz is the signature fundraising event supporting the mission of St. Vincent Charity Medical Center. This year’s event is expected to generate more than $675,000. In addition to dinner, a live auction and dancing to the music of the Jerry Bruno orchestra, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center presented the St. Vincent de Paul Award to Jack and Mary Jane Breen (pictured to the right) and PNC Bank at the event. The honorees were recognized for their steadfast commitment to and unwavering embrace of the values exemplified by Catholic social teaching. The award is given in honor of St. Vincent de Paul, the patron saint of St. Vincent Charity Medical Center who embodied the spirit of true charity. It is given to a community leader and a corporate organization that exemplify the spirit of St. Vincent through servant leadership, friendship, counsel and community involvement toward the greater good of the Cleveland community. “It is through the generous support of individuals such as Jack and Mary Jane Breen and organizations such as PNC Bank that St. Vincent Charity can continue meeting the needs of the community,” said David F. Perse, M.D., president and CEO of St. Vincent Charity. “They truly embody the spirit and teachings of St. Vincent de Paul and their leadership serves as a great example for others.” The St. Vincent de Paul Award was presented by Sister Judith Ann Karam, CSA, president and CEO of the Sisters of Charity Health System, and Christopher M. Connor, chairman and CEO of Sherwin-Williams and chairman of the event. Proceeds from the gala support St. Vincent Charity Medical Center’s ongoing commitment to provide clinically excellent and compassionate care to all. St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System. To see more photos from the event, click here.
October 9, 2012

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and Project Learn to host the Ohio Health Literacy Conference

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.
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October 4, 2012

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center to host Mass and open house October 16 concluding Rosary Hall 60th anniversary celebration

Rosary Hall at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center concludes its 60th anniversary year with a special Mass and open house Tuesday, October 16. The public is invited to share in this special event. The event begins with Mass at 2 p.m. in the Holy Trinity Chapel at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center. Fr. Jim O’Donnell, cousin of Sister Ignatia Gavin, CSA, founder of Rosary Hall, will celebrate Mass. Immediately following, Rosary Hall will host an open house with refreshments and an opportunity to meet staff and learn more about this legacy program of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine (CSA). “For 60 years, Rosary Hall has provided treatment, support and hope for persons and families affected by addiction,” said David F. Perse, MD, president and CEO of St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, which is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System. “We are proud of the great work being done to help individuals find freedom from addiction and invite the public to celebrate with us this historic program and its great work.” Since its opening in 1952, Rosary Hall has welcomed more than 62,000 patients seeking addiction treatment through its doors.  It was the first hospital-based treatment program designed to treat the disease of alcoholism. Sister Ignatia worked closely with Dr. Robert Smith, founder of Alcoholics Anonymous at St. Thomas Hospital in Akron and again at St. Vincent Charity, to establish the program. Today Rosary Hall includes a 17-bed inpatient detoxification unit, intensive outpatient program, individualized counseling, after-care, family programs, case-managed transition into community and support networks and medication-assisted treatment.  Annually it treats about 1,500 patients. Located in the heart of downtown Cleveland, Rosary Hall offers convenient access to care for those living and working in the city as well as its surrounding suburbs. St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System. For more information about the event, call 216-363-2590 or visit www.stvincentcharity.com.
October 4, 2012

Building Healthy Communities and St. Vincent Charity Medical Center host Celebration of Wellness October 10

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.
August 1, 2012

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, other area hospitals improve care for patients in national program on hospital quality

Ten greater Cleveland hospitals, all members of Better Health Greater Cleveland, have completed their participation in an 18-month national program to improve the quality and safety of patient care. The effort is part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) program, a national initiative to measurably improve health care in local markets. Greater Cleveland is one of 16 communities nationally selected to participate in AF4Q. St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is among the participants. [More]
July 2, 2012

Rosary Hall celebrates 60th anniversary

Leaders from the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, Sisters of Charity Health System and St. Vincent Charity Medical Center recently welcomed the greater Cleveland community to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Rosary Hall at an event at Windows on the River. [More]
May 10, 2012

Ohio Health Literacy Conference Series Kicks Off May 24

The 2012 Ohio Health Literacy Conference Series launches May 24 as a forum for people involved with health care to increase health literacy awareness and share resources to improve health literacy and ultimately, health outcomes. Sessions will be held May 24, June 13 and September 13, followed by a daylong Ohio Health Literacy Conference on October 26. The individual sessions and conference are sponsored by St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and Project Learn. They are designed for a variety of health care-focused workers, including:  Hospital/health care staff Social workers Dieticians Health care administrators Public health professionals Physicians Nurses, and more View the event listing here or view the conference series brochure here. The introductory session on May 24, “Health Literacy: What Is It, What To Do About It, Why Is It Important?,” will increase the awareness of health literacy, describe the scope and implications of the health literacy problem, identity barriers faced by both patients and clinicians, and highlight specific strategies that enhance and further health literacy. The sessions on June 13 and September 13 also include the “Writing for Easier Reading Workshop,” which is a skill-building session that will help participants learn how to re-write complex materials into plain language. It will focus on terminology related to health care, and it will also include exercises in assessing reading levels of written materials. The workshop, taught by industry experts, is an interactive, hands-on guide to the key principles of plain language usage that will enable caregivers to put their newly acquired skills into practice. The culminating Conference Day on October 26 will provide participants with information on the relationship between health literacy and health outcomes, tools to use in daily practice to enhance clear communication, and resources which will assist in creating a new path toward improved understanding. Participants will hear from national and local experts and engage in interactive demonstrations. The sessions and conference include CEU opportunities and are CME approved. Pharmacy and social worker educational credits are also available. Click here for more information and to register.
May 1, 2012

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center Supports NEOMED-CSU Urban Primary Care Initiative with $25,000 Gift

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and Sisters of Charity Health System leaders joined an event to launch the NEOMED-CSU Partnership Health Care Education and Urban Primary Care Initiative yesterday at Cleveland State University. [More]
April 27, 2012

St. Vincent Drs. Keppler and Bastulli to be honored at Academy of Medicine of Cleveland & Northern Ohio 2012 Annual Meeting

Two St. Vincent Charity Medical Center physicians will be honored at the Academy of Medicine of Cleveland & Northern Ohio (AMCNO) Annual Meeting Dinner and Awards Presentation on Friday, April 27 at the Ritz-Carlton Cleveland. Louis Keppler, M.D., co-director of St. Vincent Charity’s Spine and Orthopedic Institute, will receive the 2012 Clinician of the Year designation for his long-time devotion and service to his patients.  The award was given in recognition that “Dr. Keppler exemplifies the highest ideals and ethics of the medical profession.” At this same event, the academy’s foundation, the Academy of Medicine Education Foundation (AMEF), will bestow its inaugural AMEF Philanthropy Award on John Bastulli, M.D., St. Vincent Charity’s president of medical staff. He will be recognized for his “unparalleled commitment to the AMEF” and for his work as an outstanding fundraiser. It was through Dr. Bastulli’s vision and leadership that the AMEF launched the Marissa Rose Biddlestone Memorial Golf outing, which has become one of the major fundraising events for the foundation. The AMEF will present six local medical students with scholarships worth $5,000 each at the dinner.
November 30, 2011

Plain Dealer highlights St. Vincent Charity Medical Center’s prescription assistance program

As a complement to a recent story about all area health systems’ community benefit contributions, which noted the Sisters of Charity Health System's collective annual community benefit of $54.6 million, The Plain Dealer has highlighted St. Vincent Charity Medical Center’s prescription assistance program. More...

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