March 30, 2012

Regina Health Center resident helps the lost find home - read the latest newsletter

When 37 of the Lost Boys of Sudan fled their war-torn homeland for Cleveland in 2001, Sister Mary Frances Harrington, CSJ, was there to welcome them with open arms and ensure Cleveland became their new home. Now 80 and an assisted-living resident at ReginaHealth Center, her schedule is as busy as ever... read more in the latest edition of "The Heart of Regina Health Center" newsletter. (see the link below to open a .PDF file of the newsletter) RHC12.1_SpringNews_FINAL.pdf (1.46 mb)
March 27, 2012

Getting Much-Needed Attention - Read the Latest Newsletter from Healthy Learners

Rhonda was concerned about her 4-year-old son, William, because he had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) that caused him to have trouble focusing in school (4-year-old kindergarten). He also had multiple learning disabilities. Rhonda didn’t know what to do and felt overwhelmed because her family did not have health insurance and did not qualify for Medicaid. She was working 10-hour days making minimum wage and her husband also did not make much money. She asked William’s school for help and they referred her to Healthy Learners. The Healthy Learners Dillon office coordinated a doctor’s visit, paid for the visit and paid for the medication prescribed to William to help control his ADHD. Healthy Learners also covered eye care and glasses, dentist visits and additional doctor visits for William and his older brother Hunter. “I don’t know what we would have done without Healthy Learners because there was nowhere else to go,” said Rhonda. “We would have had to choose whether to buy groceries or pay for the doctor. If I had quit my job to qualify for Medicaid, we would have lost everything we had because we wouldn’t have been able to pay bills.” Today, William is in a first-grade special education class receiving speech therapy and therapy for a comprehension disability. The ADHD medication has helped him focus in school. Together with the specialized attention he receives in special education, his grades have improved tremendously. Both William and Hunter now receive Medicaid, but Rhonda is grateful for the help they received from Healthy Learners. “It’s hard to not get emotional when I talk about Healthy Learners. It’s hard to explain just how much they mean to me and our family. They gave me such peace of mind and lifted a tremendous pressure from us,” said Rhonda. Read more about Healthy Learners in the latest issue of "Healthy Insights from Healthy Learners." Click the link below to view a PDF of the newsletter. HL_News_Spring12Digital_final.pdf (665.88 kb)
March 26, 2012

Sr. Ignatia Gavin to be Honored at 46th Annual Memorial Mass on March 31

The 46th Annual memorial Mass in honor of Sister Ignatia Gavin, CSA, will be held in St. Patrick’s Church, 3603 Bridge Avenue in Cleveland on March 31, 2012, at 6 p.m. When AA co-founder, Bill Wilson was told of this memorial Mass, he said, “What a wonderful way to pay tribute to those who came before us.” Sr. Ignatia worked with Dr. Bob and Bill W. in the founding days of Alcoholics Anonymous. She admitted patients to St. Thomas Hospital in Akron, Ohio, under Dr. Bob, that needed to safely undergo detoxification and then recovery. She then came to St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in the 1950s to begin Rosary Hall, which was the first hospital unit for the care of persons with the disease of alcoholism.    
March 21, 2012

Public Policy Team Meets with FTC Staff Members

Public policy team members of the Sisters of Charity Health System met via video conference and in person yesterday with three staff members of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). On behalf of the Sisters of Charity employee family and those it serves, the ministry representatives learned more about the work of the Bureau of Consumer Protection and its resources. The bureau’s mission aligns with our ministries’ work to assist under-served populations. The FTC offers information to help Americans make better decisions and avoid scams--from warnings about payday lending pitfalls to protecting against identity theft to safeguarding one’s credit score. As a ministry, we join in advocacy with our neighbors and our own employees to help each other. The resources the FTC provides will be distributed in a number of ways: as topics in newsletters, and as literature giveaways at community health fairs, in SCHS-related lobbies or at partner events, as appropriate. For more information, visit www.ftc.gov.
March 6, 2012

Children’s Health Screening Program Picking up Where Budget Cuts Left Off

Dr. Anju Mader’s own children always know when it’s screening day, because she gets very excited to “go play with the babies.” And there are a lot of “babies.” Over a two-year period, many young children (ages 6 weeks to 5 years) will receive preventive health screenings conducted by Dr. Mader and her colleagues for the Healthy Kids Collaborative Project of the Stark County (Ohio) Family Council. The screening program was funded by the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton. Read more about the program in the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton’s winter newsletter, which you can download here.      
February 29, 2012

Healthcare Financial Management Association Highlights Providence Hospitals’ “29203” Healthy Columbia Initiative

In a novel pilot in South Carolina, leaders from Providence Hospitals and other area hospitals are working with insurance executives, church volunteers, Medicaid officials and others to learn if a grassroots campaign can improve the health of residents in ZIP code 29203, which is one of the poorest areas of the state. Using principles of community activism that have proven successful in organizing farm workers and electing government officials, the South Carolina Organizing for Health project is engaging community leaders and citizens to identify unique approaches to improving population health. After the project launches on March 3, about 300 volunteer organizers will begin helping individuals, groups and neighborhoods in 29203 develop wellness programs and other health-oriented initiatives. Read more about it on the Healthcare Financial Mangement Association website.
February 27, 2012

Providence Hospitals Opens Providence Family Medicine Lexington

Providence Hospitals opened a new family practice in Lexington County, South Carolina. With the opening of Family Medicine Lexington, Wayne Black, M.D. and Hance Oliver, M.D., join Providence Hospitals, representing more than 50 years of experience serving the health care needs of families in the Midlands of South Carolina. The practice will provide a variety of services to patients from pediatric to geriatric. Read the complete press release here.  
December 5, 2011

Plain Dealer introduces series featuring Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood

A ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland is committed to reducing disparities in health and education in the Central Neighborhood near downtown Cleveland. Residents of this community, like so many in our region, experience poor outcomes in education and health, which make it much harder for residents to move out of poverty. The foundation is working on developing a "Promise Neighborhood" in Central that works to improve children's success in school and the community in general. This work has been supported and noticed by many, including The Plain Dealer, which has published the first story in an occasional series about the ongoing effort to create the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood. [More]
December 1, 2011

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina President interviewed for The Sector Connector

In celebration of 15 years in philanthropy, Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina President Tom Keith was recently interviewed for The Sector Connector, a podcast that features conversations with leaders committed to bridging societal gaps and bringing organizations and industry together for the greater good. More...
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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