June 20, 2012

Cecero, Motz Join Sisters of Charity Health System Leadership

Two new executives are joining the leadership team of the Sisters of Charity Health System. David M. Cecero, FACHE, will join the health system as senior vice president of health care operations, and Andy Motz recently joined as chief procurement officer.
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June 15, 2012

Jones Day Partner Christopher Kelly Joins Sisters of Charity Health System Board of Directors

Christopher M. Kelly, a partner at Jones Day, a global law firm practicing in the major centers of business and finance throughout the world, has joined the board of directors of the Cleveland-based Sisters of Charity Health System, one of several leading Catholic health care systems in the country. [More]
June 12, 2012

Mercy Cancer Center receives national achievement award from Commission on Cancer of American College of Surgeons

The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons has granted its Outstanding Achievement Award to Mercy Cancer Center as a result of surveys performed during 2011. Mercy Cancer Center is one of a select group of 106 currently accredited and newly accredited cancer programs across the United States. [More]
June 8, 2012

First Ben Carson Reading Room in Ohio opens in Carl & Louis Stokes Central Academy School in Cleveland

The Carson Scholars Fund and the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland arrecently announced the opening of the first Ben Carson Reading Room in Ohio in a Cleveland Public School: Carl & Louis Stokes Central Academy. [More]
June 8, 2012

Two Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood students win Carson College Scholarships

As part of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland 15th anniversary, a grant of $5,000 was provided to the Carson Scholars Fund to create the opportunity for Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood students to vie for a 2012 Carson Scholarship. [More]
June 4, 2012

Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton awards $556,430 in grants

The board of directors of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton has awarded $556,430 worth of grants to nonprofit organizations in Stark County, Ohio. [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 10, 2012

Ohio Health Literacy Conference Series Kicks Off May 24

The 2012 Ohio Health Literacy Conference Series launches May 24 as a forum for people involved with health care to increase health literacy awareness and share resources to improve health literacy and ultimately, health outcomes. Sessions will be held May 24, June 13 and September 13, followed by a daylong Ohio Health Literacy Conference on October 26. The individual sessions and conference are sponsored by St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and Project Learn. They are designed for a variety of health care-focused workers, including:  Hospital/health care staff Social workers Dieticians Health care administrators Public health professionals Physicians Nurses, and more View the event listing here or view the conference series brochure here. The introductory session on May 24, “Health Literacy: What Is It, What To Do About It, Why Is It Important?,” will increase the awareness of health literacy, describe the scope and implications of the health literacy problem, identity barriers faced by both patients and clinicians, and highlight specific strategies that enhance and further health literacy. The sessions on June 13 and September 13 also include the “Writing for Easier Reading Workshop,” which is a skill-building session that will help participants learn how to re-write complex materials into plain language. It will focus on terminology related to health care, and it will also include exercises in assessing reading levels of written materials. The workshop, taught by industry experts, is an interactive, hands-on guide to the key principles of plain language usage that will enable caregivers to put their newly acquired skills into practice. The culminating Conference Day on October 26 will provide participants with information on the relationship between health literacy and health outcomes, tools to use in daily practice to enhance clear communication, and resources which will assist in creating a new path toward improved understanding. Participants will hear from national and local experts and engage in interactive demonstrations. The sessions and conference include CEU opportunities and are CME approved. Pharmacy and social worker educational credits are also available. Click here for more information and to register.
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.

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