December 21, 2012

Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton announces $1,675,358 in grants for 3rd and 4th quarters of 2012

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton awarded $1,675,358 in grants for the 3rd and 4th quarters of 2012. Grant recipients are listed below. Foundation President Joni Close said, “The board and staff of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton continue to identify ways to be proactive in our work and responsive to community needs. We are blessed to partner with other foundations and nonprofit organizations in this work. The foundation’s focus is to address the root causes of poverty and requires that we maintain a high level of collaboration and deep commitment in order to make a lasting impact.” Grants Awarded: Alliance Family YMCA$25,000 to support phase 2 of the capital campaign project Canton City Schools$1,500 to support Ready School activities at Clarendon Elementary Catholic Charities Serving Portage and Stark Counties$1,500 to support the purchase of a refrigerator and freezer for the food pantry Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America$2,350 to support the Early Childhood Education Working Group Community Services of Stark County, Inc.$303,175 to provide parent partners for the Alliance, Canton, Massillon, and Minerva SPARK programs Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio$2,500 to honor 2012 Humanitarian Award recipient Sister Judith Ann Karam, CSA Early Childhood Resource Center$269,000 for operating support Early Childhood Resource Center$84,000 to support new and enhance existing parenting education programs to serve the developmental needs of young children, over 18 months Hammer and Nails$2,500 for operating support, in lieu of a holiday gift for the foundation board of directors The Golden Key for Exceptional Children$150,000 toward the purchase of its facility Goodwill Industries of East Central Ohio, Inc.$85,000 to support a central intake coordinator as part of phase 2 of an effort to implement a common intake and electronic referral system for area nonprofit organizations, over three years Greater Stark County Urban League$14,500 to support the adult graduation program Guidestone$20,000 to support technology expenses associated with the merger between Personal and Family Counseling Services and Guidestone Massillon Public Library$3,700 to support the library’s Ready to Read early childhood literacy training program Men’s Challenge of Alliance$7,800 start-up support for a training and employment program Mental Health and Recovery Services of Board of Stark County$200,000 to support Phase 2 of a project to strengthen the information technology infrastructure of community behavioral health providers in Stark, Wayne, and Holmes counties, over two years Mercy Medical Center$105,000 for the general operating and equipment needs of the Dental Clinic and General Practice Residency Program, over two years Mercy Medical Center $100,000 to support construction costs and educational materials for Mercy Primary Care at Saint Paul Square Multi Development Services of Stark County$5,000 to support the Career Club Program Pegasus Farm$31,500 to support technology infrastructure Prescription Assistance Network of Stark County, Inc.$125,000 in operating support, over two years Refuge of Hope$23,000 to support the meal ministry and marketing and donor development, over two years Stark Development Board, Inc.$38,333 in operating support for economic development in Stark County, over two years Third Sector New England$15,000 to support the national Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, over three years Western Stark Free Clinic$9,000 for equipment and supplies related to ear, nose, and throat services YMCA of Central Stark County$4,000 to support the Carroll County YMCA Child Care Project YWCA of Canton$47,000 in operating support for Canton Preschool, over eight months Established in 1996, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System. Based on the vision of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, the Foundation is committed to addressing the needs of the poor and underserved by understanding the root causes of poverty, nurturing the growth of healthy communities, emphasizing youth and family, and measuring the outcomes of these efforts.
December 20, 2012

Providence Hospitals receives twelfth consecutive 3-star rating from Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Providence has received the “3 star” rating since the inception of the comprehensive Society of Thoracic Surgeons rating system in 2006 that allows for comparisons regarding the quality of cardiac surgery among hospitals in the United States. As the number of health providers has increased throughout the years, Providence Heart & Vascular Institute remains a stalwart amongst top rated institutions. 94% of all heart programs in the country submitted to this review by STS. [More]
December 17, 2012

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina holds graduation ceremony for 2012 Nonprofit Leadership Development Training program graduates

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina graduated six students from its Nonprofit Leadership Development Training certificate program December 7 in a ceremony at the EdVenture’s Children’s Museum in Columbia, South Carolina. The students are the fourth graduating class of the certification program. The program is designed for nonprofit leaders who are recognized as having great potential and are ready to take their nonprofit leadership to the next level. Through the program, nonprofit leaders have the opportunity to enhance knowledge, skills and framework to lead nonprofit organizations in an ever-changing, diverse society and to effectively lead within their organizations. Kristie Searcy, PhD, was the keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony. She is the department head of the Radiologic Technology Program at Augusta Technical College and an associate professor at the University of Phoenix. Dr. Searcy encouraged each of the graduates to “press, persevere and pursue.” She said, “When you press, you not only impact your life, but the lives of countless others throughout your sphere of influence; to persevere, each of you must reach deep within and tap into the spirit of perseverance, the spirit that is steadfast and determined to do something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success; and to pursue, it’s now time to abandon any fears or reservations and write out, plan and passionately pursue your vision to bring about lasting change. This leadership academy was designed to renew your sense of excitement and passion in your work. So leave today passionate about the road ahead and let this passion be the fuel that will propel you into your destiny. “ Pictured are the six 2012 graduates (left to right): Lasima Turmon, volunteer executive director, GVW Community Investment Corporation; Brenda Dooley, executive director, LowCountry Habitat for Humanity; Brian Thomas, senior pastor, NorthStar Christian Center; Katie Bullard, leadership giving associate, United Way of the Midlands; William Loyd Jr., executive director, Midlands Community Development Corporation; Sherry Lewis, director of therapy and outreach services, Sexual Trauma of the Midlands. For more pictures from the graduation, visit the photo gallery. The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.
December 14, 2012

Latest "Joseph’s Journey" newsletter details how Joseph’s Home transforms the lives of homeless men one man at a time

Mr. H. is typically a soft-spoken, mild-mannered person. But, ask him about his time at Joseph’s Home and he becomes much more animated as he describes the care he received. “All the Joseph’s Home staff, especially Ms. Jackson [Executive Director Georgette Jackson], have supported me all the time,” explained Mr. H. “It relieved my mind knowing I could be somewhere safe, clean and secure. I am very appreciative.” After years of struggling with diabetes and congestive heart failure, plus undergoing dialysis due to kidney failure and being hospitalized regularly, Mr. H. was unable to work and eventually became homeless. He stayed at a homeless shelter for more than a month, but the shelter could not provide the specialized medical care he needed. He was referred to Joseph’s Home and admitted in August 2011. Joseph’s Home provided Mr. H. with the medical attention he needed, ensuring he took his medications and received regular dialysis. He also received anger management counseling, life skills classes and nutrition education. When his car was repossessed due to an administrative problem with his payments, Joseph’s Home social worker Rodney Dial helped him resolve the issue and get the vehicle back. Being at Joseph’s Home also allowed Mr. H. to try new things. Some of them—like attending his first Cavs basketball game thanks to a generous donor’s contribution of tickets—were a big hit. The art program was a slightly different story. For his first and only masterpiece, he tried his hand at painting a picture of a pumpkin. Although he enjoyed the experience, the painting didn’t turn out well. When asked about it, he laughed and said, “I can’t paint a lick.” But, he did receive a certificate for giving it his best shot. He said the encouragement from others was inspiring. Mr. H. was hospitalized again in January to repair a detached retina in his eye. After four months away from Joseph’s Home, he was re-admitted. Mr. H.’s health stabilized and he was approved for an apartment. He moved into his new home in late July, with a nurse visiting regularly to provide medical attention to keep his health stable. With the help of Joseph’s Home, he can look forward to fewer days in the hospital and a longer, healthier life. Click here to find out more about Joseph’s Home in the latest edition of the “Joseph’s Journey” newsletter. Joseph’s Home is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.
December 13, 2012

Sisters of Charity Health System encourages lawmakers to avoid cuts to Medicare and Medicaid

The Sisters of Charity Health System believes that health care is a fundamental right for all Americans and that families and communities are stronger when everyone has access to quality, affordable health care. Since 1965, Medicare and Medicaid have provided access to essential medical services for those in need, including senior citizens, disabled persons, and low-income children and families throughout the country. Today, Medicare and Medicaid are being targeted as opportunities to cut spending to lessen the fiscal challenges facing the country. Read more about how you can take action. [More]
December 5, 2012

Sr. Judith Ann Karam Receives Humanitarian Award from Diversity Center

The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio honored Sr. Judith Ann Karam, CSA, president and CEO of the Sisters of Charity Health System, with its 58th Annual Humanitarian Award at an event December 4, 2012, in Cleveland.The award recognizes individuals and corporations of outstanding dedication and community service. Selected by the Diversity Center, each recipient has contributed to the improvement of human relations among diverse groups in Northeast Ohio. [More]
December 4, 2012

Mercy Medical Center names ICU nurse Ivan Miller a star performer

Mercy Medical Center named Ivan Miller, a registered nurse in the intensive care unit (ICU), its Star Performer employee for October. Mercy’s 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. Miller was nominated by grateful visitors for the compassion and concern he shows everyone he meets. He always gives of himself to patients as well as their loved ones. Miller has been an employee at Mercy Medical Center since 2009 and was presented his award by Mercy President and CEO Thomas E. Cecconi, Administrative Director of Critical Care Services Jason Pirtz and Human Resources Manager Charity Davis. Mercy Medical Center is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System. Photo Caption:Pictured left to right are: Jason Pirtz, RN, BSN, MBA, administrative director of critical care services at Mercy Medical Center, Ivan Miller, RN in Mercy’s ICU, Charity Davis, manager of Mercy Human Resources, and Thomas E. Cecconi, president and CEO of Mercy Medical Center.
December 3, 2012

Foundations sponsor eighth annual statewide conference for women religious

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 30, 2012

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina awards $65,000 in grants

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina has awarded 24 Caritas grants, totaling $65,000, to nonprofit and faith-based organizations meeting the basic needs of the underserved in South Carolina. Caritas grants are for organizations providing outreach services to the poor and marginalized. They are one-year grants designed for organizations with annual budgets of less than $600,000. “This funding will support these organizations as they address, daily, those facing situational or crisis poverty,” said Mike McCabe, board chair of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina. Caritas grants are up to $5,000, and are awarded twice a year. Organizations wishing to apply for funding should visit the Foundation’s website, sistersofcharitysc.com, for information on the application process. The next Caritas grant application deadline is April 2, 2013. For a complete list of November 2012 Caritas grant recipients, click here. The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.
November 30, 2012

Mercy now accepting patients at Mercy Primary Care at St. Paul Square

Mercy Medical Center is now accepting patients at its newest facility, Mercy Primary Care at St. Paul Square. Serving the health care needs of the residents of northeast Canton, this facility at 1459 Superior Ave. NE offers family medicine and/or pediatric care.

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