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.
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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November 29, 2012

Mercy Medical Center’s Cardiac Rehabilitation program joins AACVPR Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Registry

The Cardiac Rehabilitation program at Mercy Medical Center is now participating in the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Registry. The United States’ first nationwide registry of its kind, the AACVPR Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Registry offers an unparalleled opportunity to demonstrate the positive impact of cardiac rehabilitation on the morbidity, mortality, physical function and quality of life of heart patients. “We are proud to be part of this new national registry,” said Thomas E. Cecconi, president and CEO of Mercy Medical Center. “Our involvement in the AACVPR Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Registry will provide an efficient means for our program to track, document, communicate and continue to improve our patient outcomes and program performance in the secondary prevention of heart and vascular disease.” Under development since 2007, the registry officially launched in June 2012. The data set was carefully developed by the cardiac rehabilitation experts on the AACVPR Registry committee, and the registry went through three months of beta testing by a select number of cardiac rehabilitation programs. The registry platform was developed by Cissec Corporation, a Canadian-based software development firm specializing in health care technology, and will be overseen by the AACVPR Registry Committee. The registry is HIPAA compliant and all data is securely encrypted using industry-standard procedures. Safeguards to protect the security of data include a combination of physical, technological and administrative security measures. Registry subscribers have access only to their program’s patient information and to aggregated data from the registry as a whole; subscribers are not able to access or view other programs’ data. Life Systems International (LSI) Inc. is providing unrestricted support of the registry as a founding sponsor. Additional unrestricted support is provided by Cardiac Science Corporation, Janssen Healthcare Innovation, the Rocky Mountain Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Association, and ScottCare Cardiovascular Solutions. AACVPR is also working with its corporate partners to provide connectivity applications to the registry to simplify data entry processes and help ensure data integrity. To learn more about the registry, click here. Mercy Medical Center is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.
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 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.

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