May 31, 2012

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina to award $580,000 in grants

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, which is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, has announced eight Strategic grants, totaling $580,000, to nonprofit organizations addressing the root causes of poverty in South Carolina. [More]
May 25, 2012

SPARK Ohio Children are Maintaining Academic Edge through 5th Grade

The academic impact of SPARK (Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids), a family-focused intervention to prepare children for kindergarten, is now documented through the fifth grade. Results presented by Dr. Peter J. Leahy of the University of Akron's Institute of Health and Social Policy earlier this month at the SPARK Ohio's Annual Networking Event show SPARK kids significantly outperforming their peers on the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA). When the W.K. Kellogg Foundation chose the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton as one of eight national sites to implement SPARK in 2003, it began what the foundation has since termed a “world class intervention” in Ohio. The pilot program that began in Stark County with children in Canton and Minerva is now known as Spark Ohio and extends to six counties.
May 21, 2012

Mercy Medical Center receives environmental stewardship award from OHA

To honor Earth Day, April 22, 2012, the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) announced Mercy Medical Center of Canton as the recipient of the 2012 John Chapman Award for demonstrating exceptional environmental stewardship. In addition, 10 hospitals received the 2012 Melvin Creeley Environmental Leadership Award. [More]
May 7, 2012

SPARK Has Positive Impact on Children in Alliance

SPARK has a positive impact on children in Alliance, Ohio. That was the message Joe French, Alliance SPARK director, presented on May 2 during the fourth annual SPARK Ohio Networking meeting at Walsh University in Canton. SPARK stands for Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids. As part of his presentation, French highlighted results SPARK Alliance has earned from 2008 to 2011. Based on the KRA-L testing at the kindergarten level, data indicates SPARK students consistently academically outperform students that did not participate in the program. Statistics show an almost three-point difference in both 2008 and 2011 on a performance scale ranging from 18.5 to 23, meaning SPARK students consistently perform better, and by a sizeable margin. “Research shows children who are prepared for kindergarten continue to do well in the early grades of elementary school and are more likely to graduate from high school and achieve success in life,” French reports. “SPARK has been working diligently over the past four years to increase the number of 'ready kids' arriving on the doorsteps of Alliance kindergarten classrooms. The KRA-L data shows children are more prepared for kindergarten because of their SPARK experience,” said French. Click here to read an article in The Review about the May 2 presentation and about more SPARK results.
May 2, 2012

Early Childhood Resource Center Highlights Growth and New Initiatives in Annual Report

The Early Childhood Resource Center (ECRC) experienced tremendous growth in 2011, which is detailed in its 2011 annual report. The annual report highlights community partners, accomplishments and community supporters. Memberships to the center rapidly increased in 2011, allowing more than 1,500 users to participate in family programs, make use of the library, production lab, and ECRC Inspiration Station, enroll in professional development classes, and network with others in the ECRC’s new facility. Some additional accomplishments include: Opened the Inspiration Station, an interactive early childhood classroom designed to spark imagination and promote early learning and school readiness. Through Inspiration Station programming, the ECRC provided 150 high quality learning sessions to more than 2,600 children and families. Delivered 424 hours of high quality professional development to 2,800 early childhood educators in Stark County and throughout Ohio at community colleges and universities, child care centers, Head Start, and family child care homes. Awarded designation as an “approved provider” by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), allowing the ECRC to issue continuing education units (CEUs) to educators and related professionals. To learn more about the ECRC and all of its accomplishments in 2011, download the complete annual report here.
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 25, 2012

Mercy Medical Center receives top environmental award from Ohio Hospital Association

The Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) recently named Mercy Medical Center as the recipient of the 2012 John Chapman Award for demonstrating exceptional environmental stewardship. Mercy was also one of 10 Ohio hospitals that received the 2012 Melvin Creeley Environmental Leadership Award. OHA’s Environmental Leadership Council selected Mercy to receive the John Chapman Award from a group of 10 Melvin Creeley Environmental Leadership Award honorees who are recognized for promoting sound environmental practices through environmental stewardship and exemplifying the best practices for other hospitals to follow. The John Chapman Award recognizes a hospital or health system that has shown excellence in initiating or supporting pollution prevention programs. Results of Mercy’s focus on energy conservation, recycling, buying green and building green have been realized across the hospital. For three years in a row, Mercy has earned the U.S. EPA’s prestigious ENERGY STAR award, the national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. Mercy recycled more than 51 tons of non-hazardous waste material in 2011 and thousands of light bulbs and batteries, plus Mercy recycles 10 to 15 tons of cardboard monthly. Mercy’s energy conservation efforts from 2009-2011 have yielded savings of nearly $2.7 million through reductions in electricity, water and natural gas consumption. Mercy will receive the John Chapman Award on June 12 during the OHA Annual Meeting in Columbus, Ohio.
April 19, 2012

Terrence Kessler Appointed General Counsel for Sisters of Charity Health System

Sister Judith Ann Karam, CSA, president and CEO of the Sisters of Charity Health System, has announced the appointment of Terrence P. Kessler as general counsel for the Cleveland-based health system. [More]
April 16, 2012

Chief Medical Officer Giesele Greene, MD, Serves as Panelist at Susan G. Komen Regional Breast Health Summit

More than 110,000 minority and medically underserved women in Northeast Ohio and across the nation now have new health resources through a landmark program that trains volunteers to provide breast cancer education and health care support in local communities. The Susan G. Komen Community Health Advisor program kicked off April 12 in Cleveland with a Komen Regional Breast Health Summit of influential health and community leaders. Sisters of Charity Health System Chief Medical Officer Giesele Greene, MD, was one of four featured panelists at the summit. The summit was followed by the initiative's first training session for 50 community volunteers. The training equips the volunteers with the skills to go out into Greater Cleveland to provide breast cancer education and assistance with scheduling mammograms and accessing other health care services. The summit convened 150 key stakeholders committed to addressing the breast cancer burden in Northeast Ohio. The summit provided an opportunity for local hospitals, clinics, community-based organizations and civic leaders to showcase the breast health services they provide and to discuss how to ensure that uninsured, underinsured and underserved women get access to much needed services. The summit helped demonstrate the importance of collaboration between the community and the health system to reach those least likely to access breast health services in Northeast Ohio, and ultimately help reduce mortality rates from breast cancer. Funded by a $1 million grant from KeyBank Foundation, the Community Health Advisor program will expand to 17 additional KeyBank communities over the next two years. For more coverage of the summit, click on this link to an article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
April 12, 2012

Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland featured in local magazine

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland was the focus of a feature article in a recent education/health issue of Kaleidoscope Magazine. The magazine, which celebrates Cleveland’s rich cultural heritage and diversity, wrote about the foundation’s work to address the root causes of poverty in the four-page article. Please click on the link below to open a copy of the article. SOCF.Kaleidoscope.pdf (858.83 kb)

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