November 29, 2012

Dr. Kevin Cooper appointed cancer liaison physician for St. Vincent Charity Medical Center

Kevin Cooper, MD, received a three-year appointment as cancer liaison physician for the cancer program at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center. Cancer liaison physicians are an integral part of cancer programs accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC). Dr. Cooper is among a national network of more than 1,500 volunteer physicians who are responsible for providing leadership and direction to establish, maintain, and support their facilities' cancer programs. Dr. Cooper, who has a significant interest in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with malignant diseases, is a member of the multidisciplinary cancer committee at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, which is an institution dedicated to facilitating the delivery of comprehensive quality cancer care. Cancer liaison physicians are responsible for evaluating, interpreting and reporting their facilities’ performance data through the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) and facilitating quality improvement initiatives based on data findings. In addition, the cancer liaison physician is responsible for leading CoC initiatives within the cancer program and collaborating with agencies such as the American Cancer Society on behalf of the hospital. The CoC collects data from its accredited cancer programs and provides tools for these programs to facilitate analysis of patterns of diagnosis, treatment and quality of care for patients treated at the hospital. The NCDB is a nationwide oncology outcomes database for more than 1,500 Commission-accredited cancer programs in the United States and Puerto Rico. Some 70 percent of all newly diagnosed cases of cancer in the United States are captured at the institutional level and reported to the NCDB. The cancer liaison physician works with the cancer program staff to facilitate the submission, presentation, use and interpretation of NCDB data. Analyzing and sharing these data with the cancer committee can have a positive impact on cancer patient care at the facility. The CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and monitoring of comprehensive quality care. For more information on the Cancer Liaison Program, visit the CoC website. St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.
November 28, 2012

Joseph’s Home featured in The Plain Dealer’s Holiday Spirit Campaign

For the second year in a row, Joseph’s Home was selected as one of several nonprofit groups to receive funds from Plain Dealer Charities’ Holiday Spirit Campaign. The designation includes a $10,000 gift to support programs and services for residents. Plus, a former Joseph’s Home resident is featured in a Holiday Spirit story, which was published today in The Plain Dealer. Joseph’s Home is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System. Following is the text from The Plain Dealer article: John Hall was driven by crack and cocaine—so driven, he lost his wife, children and job. Hall, 51, of Cleveland, said the murder of his father, curiosity and the influences of the streets had led him to drugs. He said he hoped the drugs would take away his pain. "I had a lot of problems, mentally and emotionally," he said. "I lost myself. I didn't know who I was." But Hall said pride prevented him from receiving help from his family, so instead he slept in parks and abandoned homes. And even when his reckless lifestyle led to four stints in prison, he didn't change his attitude. "I felt that there was no chance for me, that life was over for me," he said. In November 2011, Hall got into an argument with another man, who then got into his car and rammed it into Hall several times, pinning him between a parked car. Once his attacker sped away, Hall tried to get up, but it was impossible because his right foot was turned in the opposite direction, the heel of his foot now where his toes should have been. He passed out. A good Samaritan took him to MetroHealth Medical Center that night, but he had to wait two weeks before having surgery. His sister then tried to find him a place to stay while he recovered. Joseph’s Home meets a housing needThat's when Hall's sister found out about Joseph's Home. Joseph's Home is one of only two agencies in the state that provide transitional housing for homeless men who are suffering from acute medical conditions. Joseph's Home also helps residents find jobs, housing and other programs to help improve their lives. Joseph's Home is one of among 20 human-service agencies featured in Holiday Spirit, an annual effort by Plain Dealer Charities to help human-services agencies during the holiday season. To make a secure donation to this year's campaign, go to cleveland.com/holidayspirit. Hall had to make some changes: Joseph's Home requires residents to take part in a number of programs such as life-skills classes, chemical dependency programs and money management. Hall went further, however, enrolling in anger management, basic computer classes and intensive outpatient and after-care programs. He will start working toward earning a high-school equivalency degree in January. Hall shares his story with youths at the Cudell Recreation Center and packaged and served food on Thanksgiving at St. Augustine Church. Hall, who has been sober for a year, is grateful for the love and support of his mother and sister. He also credits the staff of Joseph's Home for changing his life. "These are the miracles God put in my path to have me be where I'm at today. I love where I am today," he said. "I have my own apartment, I'm looking for a job and I'm going back to school. Life has gotten good for me. I'm a miracle." Georgette Jackson, executive director of Joseph's Home, beams with pride when she talks about Hall. "I'm so proud of him," she said. "He wanted to succeed so badly. He wanted to change and make good choices." Pictured is Joseph’s Home alumnus John Hall, who has been sober for a year. He credits the staff of Joseph’s Home for changing his life. He now has his own apartment, is looking for work and will start working to get his GED in January. Behind him are pictures painted by Joseph’s Home residents.
November 26, 2012

Plain Dealer series on education features two Sisters of Charity Foundations’ efforts

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]
November 21, 2012

South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families executive director participates in launch of national fatherhood initiative

The Center for Urban Families formally launched the National Practitioners' Leadership Institute (NPLI) at an October event at its headquarters in Baltimore, with Pat Littlejohn, executive director of the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families, participating as part of a panel discussion at the launch event. NPLI is a national cohort-based initiative designed to improve outcomes for low-income fathers and families by strengthening the capacity of organizations and government agencies working in the responsible fatherhood and family strengthening. The launch introduced the first cohort of NPLI’s Leadership Academy and included remarks by Joshua DuBois, director of White House Office of Faith Based Neighborhood Partnership, among others. The NPLI works to promote the larger development and forward advancement of the human services field by fostering diverse venues for peer learning while establishing a broadened network of grassroots organizations dedicated to strengthening families and to providing quality services in responsible fatherhood, workforce development, and healthy relationship and marriage. The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System. Pictured is Pat Littlejohn (middle) on the discussion panel at the launch of the National Practitioners' Leadership Institute.
November 20, 2012

Mercy Medical Center earns its fourth EPA ENERGY STAR certification for superior energy efficiency

For the fourth year in a row, Mercy Medical Center has earned ENERGY STAR certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which signifies that Mercy performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA. “Mercy Medical Center is pleased to accept EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts,” said Thomas E. Cecconi, Mercy Medical Center president and chief executive officer.” Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs.” Commercial buildings that earn ENERGY STAR certification use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.  Mercy improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to its buildings. Mercy Medical Center recognizes the importance of conservation on a daily basis and strives to be a good steward of its resources through energy conservation, recycling, buying green and building green.  In addition to earning the ENERGY STAR certification, Mercy Medical Center has also initiated the following green programs: • Hospital-wide recycling of glass, aluminum, #1-#7 plastics, light bulbs, cardboard and lab chemicals.• Water conservation, reusable sharps containers and reduction of pharmaceutical waste.• Replacement of most incandescent light bulbs with CFLs (compact florescent light bulbs)• Electronic charting and paystubs, and digitalized testing.• Collaboration with business and community partners that support green. In addition to the main campus, Mercy Medical Center’s satellite facility, Mercy Health Center of Carroll County, located at 125 Canton Rd. in Carrollton, also earned the EPA’s ENERGY STAR Superior Energy Efficiency certification. EPA’s ENERGY STAR energy performance scale helps organizations assess how efficiently their buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide. A building that scores a 75 or higher on EPA’s 1-100 scale may be eligible for ENERGY STAR certification. Commercial buildings that can earn the ENERGY STAR include offices, bank branches, data centers, financial centers, retail stores, courthouses, hospitals, hotels, K-12 schools, medical offices, supermarkets, dormitories, houses of worship, and warehouses. ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 60 different kinds of products as well as new homes and commercial and industrial buildings that meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the EPA. Over the past twenty years, American families and businesses have saved a total of nearly $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.7 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with help from ENERGY STAR.
November 19, 2012

South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families’ impact reaches across the state

The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families and its local affiliated programs are making an impact across South Carolina. Below are highlights from a few of those local programs: A Father's Place receives $19,400 jobs grantThe Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation recently awarded a grant of $19,400 to A Father's Place to support a job coach and related job development activities. The job coach will coordinate the Job Boot Camp, which is a weeklong intensive job readiness training offered once a month, and work with fathers to help find employment and arrange transportation. “Helping fathers find a job that pays a living wage is a critical step in rebuilding men's lives and reestablishing relationships with their children" said Wallace Evans, executive director, A Father's Place. "With this grant we are one step closer to our goals.” Midlands Fatherhood Coalition participates in town hall meetingMidlands Fatherhood Coalition joined WIS-TV and Parenting Solo October 20 in Columbia, South Carolina, for a town hall style meeting called "Disappearing Dads: Rebuilding the Family." The meeting discussed the recurring theme of fatherless homes and the impact it has on children. Charles Brown, Midlands Fatherhood Coalition assistant director, and Ron Hilton, regional job developer, served on the panel to discuss the importance of fatherhood and how the Midlands Fatherhood Coalition works to reconnect fathers with their families. Pictured after the meeting are (left to right) Charles Brown, Ron Hilton, actor Michael Jai White, Pat Littlejohn, Jimmie Whaley. Man 2 Man helps fathers become job readyMan 2 Man has put 51 fathers through a weeklong Job Boot Camp and introduced them to its job readiness/job skills training component throughout the year. Program participants received employment certification and/or job training in a number of areas, such as national forklift certification, construction labor & OSHA certification, heavy equipment operations and GED training. By gaining job skills training and certification, these fathers are more qualified for jobs so they can provide for their children and take one step closer to a stable life. The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.
November 12, 2012

Mercy Medical Center opens new Mercy Primary Care at St. Paul Square health care facility on site of former church

Mercy Medical Center opened its newest health care facility today in northeast Canton, Ohio, in a former convent on the site of St. Paul’s Catholic Church, which closed in 2011 when it merged with another parish. Mercy Primary Care at St. Paul Square provides family medicine and dental services to a medically underserved area. In addition, Community Services of Stark County, Inc. will be offering behavioral health services at the new facility. “After listening to the people express their needs and working in collaboration with various community agencies and organizations, we determined that bringing comprehensive care to this neighborhood was simply the right thing to do,” said Sister Carolyn Capuano, HM, vice president of Mission and Ministry at Mercy Medical Center. Canton’s northeast area is home to more than a quarter of the city’s population, yet it previously had no health care providers. The Canton Repository ran an article on November 3 about the new facility and the impact it will have on health care in the community, and how it helps fill a void left after the church closed. Mercy also believes its new facility will provide quality, convenient health care services to employees at organizations in the surrounding community. Programs will be instituted to support healthy living, prevention, early detection, treatment and navigation through the system of care. “The establishment of Mercy Primary Care at St. Paul Square allows us to provide accessible and affordable health services to this community and further carry out the hospital’s longstanding mission,” said Thomas E. Cecconi, president and CEO at Mercy Medical Center. Mercy Medical Center at St. Paul Square is based on the characteristics and principles of a medical home model. The medical home model is a best practice approach to address the health care needs of urban communities and is recognized for promoting health equity and increasing health care access.
November 9, 2012

Mercy Medical Center honors ICU nurse Lito Espinosa as a star performer employee

Mercy Medical Center named Lito Espinosa, a registered nurse in the intensive care unit (ICU), Mercy’s Star Performer employee for September. The Star Performer program is the hospital’s employee recognition and rewards program. Hospital employees, volunteers and staff are nominated each month for demonstrating outstanding performance, being a team player, going above and beyond, being creative and innovative, and championing service excellence. Espinosa was nominated for showing extreme compassion and caring for his patients and their family members, including those patients with life-threatening situations.  Co-workers in Mercy’s ICU are very impressed with his dedication and exemplary patient care. Espinosa was presented the award by Mercy President and CEO Thomas E. Cecconi, ICU Clinical Nurse Manager Christina Ashcraft and Human Resources Manager Charity Davis. Mercy Medical Center is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System. Pictured left to right are: Thomas E. Cecconi, president and CEO of Mercy Medical Center, Christina Ashcraft, clinical nurse manager, Lito Espinosa and Charity Davis, human resources manager.
November 6, 2012

Judge Kenneth Rocco and Joseph Maurer join Regina Health Center Board of Directors

Regina Health Center, a high-quality provider of compassionate and holistic health care services for religious and lay people needing short-term rehabilitation, assisted living, respite care or residential nursing care, has appointed Judge Kenneth A. Rocco and Joseph C. Maurer, CPA, to its board of directors. [More]
November 5, 2012

Mercy Medical Center unveils new video highlighting its rich history and ongoing mission

Dedication to excellence. Devotion to healing. Mercy Medical Center has championed both since the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine opened the hospital September 12, 1908, in Canton, Ohio, in the former home of President William McKinley. Mercy was Stark County’s first and only Catholic hospital, and was open to everyone, rich and poor alike, regardless of religious faith or nationality. A new video highlights Mercy Medical Center’s rich history, starting in 1851 when the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine came to Cleveland from France and then Stark County in 1883, and eventually opening a hospital in 1908 in downtown Canton. It was due to the generosity of Mrs. Rosa Klorer that the Sisters were called to Canton to establish a Catholic hospital. Mrs. Rosa Klorer purchased the McKinley home at Market and 8th Street Northwest in Canton and deeded its use as a hospital. The Sisters converted the McKinley home into an 18-bed hospital named Mercy in honor of Our Lady of Mercy. Mercy eventually expanded three times to meet the needs of a growing community. In 1950, W. Robert and Henry H. Timken gave the Sisters the H.H. Timken residence along with 30 acres of land. Timken Mercy Hospital opened in 1952 as a 68-bed satellite to Mercy Hospital. Building additions in 1953, 1957 and 1970 at Timken Mercy led to the closing of the old Mercy Hospital in 1970, with all services being consolidated at the Timken Mercy campus. The Stark County District Library now stands on the old Mercy Hospital site. Timken Mercy Hospital became Timken Mercy Medical Center in 1979 to reflect its expanded role in community health care beyond traditional hospital services. The video also highlights Mercy’s ongoing mission to continue Christ’s healing ministry by providing quality, compassionate, accessible and affordable care for the whole person, as well as some of the challenges facing Mercy Medical Center and the importance of keeping employees and physicians educated in the traditions and commitments of Catholic health care. Mercy Medical Center is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System. Today, Mercy has 476 beds, 620 members on its medical staff, and employs 2,500 people. Mercy continues to serve as Stark County's only Catholic hospital. To view the video, click on the links above or click here.

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