January 11, 2013

SPARK Ohio featured in January issue of Ohio Family Magazine

SPARK Ohio is featured in the January issue of Ohio Family Magazine. The article, “Getting Ready for the new Kindergarten: What’s changed since you started school and how to prepare” highlights how SPARK is addressing the need for readiness by coming directly to the families of preschool-age children. [More]
January 9, 2013

Elizabeth Hickle named executive director of Light of Hearts Villa

Elizabeth J. Hickle, MPA, LNHA has been named executive director of Light of Hearts Villa, a supportive residential community for seniors. Located in Bedford, Ohio at the former Lumen Cordium High School, Light of Hearts Villa is a joint ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System and the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati. [More]
January 7, 2013

Mercy’s new MRI scanner improves patient comfort and image quality

Mercy Medical Center has announced the arrival of the GE Wide-Bore 1.5 Tesla MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scanner at its main campus. This new MRI scanner can accommodate patients up to 500 lbs., offering obese patients faster imaging with higher resolution and more detail than the typically used open MRI scanner. [More]
January 4, 2013

Building Healthy Communities' healthy cooking classes for teens featured in Plain Dealer

Building Healthy Communities, which supports and empowers Cleveland residents to address quality of life concerns, is currently providing free cooking classes to moms, teens and children in the city’s Central and Kinsman neighborhoods. Developed to support healthy eating habits and teach ways to prepare healthy meals and snacks, the classes typically run Tuesday afternoons for four weeks. Recently, The Plain Dealer featured a Building Healthy Communities Teen Chef Class in an article, which also includes a video interview with Building Healthy Communities Director Sharon Glaspie. [More]
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 18, 2012

Mercy Medical Center’s Mercy Hospice to benefit from “An Evening with Jim Tressel” January 24

The community is invited to “An Evening with Jim Tressel” January 24 from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Lake High School, 1025 Lake Center St., Uniontown, Ohio, to benefit Mercy Hospice. Tressel is the former head football coach at The Ohio State University and currently serves as the vice president of strategic engagement at the University of Akron. He will be holding a meet and greet with dessert from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the Lake High School cafeteria. A talk and discussion with Tressel will follow from 7:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. in the high school’s performing arts hall. Tickets for the event are $15. To purchase tickets, visit the Seat Yourself website. All proceeds will benefit Mercy Medical Center’s Hospice program. Mercy Hospice is dedicated to helping patients with a life-limiting illness achieve the best quality of life possible while offering respite and comfort to their caregivers and loved ones. Serving adults and children with a terminal illness, Hospice gives patients the opportunity to remain at home, or in a home-like setting, with the people and things they cherish most. Mercy Medical Center 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.

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