December 16, 2009

Sisters of Charity Health System ministries to receive $1.6 million in federal appropriations

The Sisters of Charity Health System today announces that it is to receive $1,575,000 in federal appropriations funding for many of its ministries’ programmatic and equipment needs. The measures were included in the FY10 appropriations conference report (H.R. 3288) legislation.

Among the ministries to receive federal appropriations are St. Vincent Charity Hospital and St. John West Shore Hospital in Ohio, Healthy Learners and South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families in South Carolina.

Because of the leadership of Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (OH 11) and U.S. Senators George Voinovich and Sherrod Brown, St. Vincent Charity Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio, will receive $700,000 in Congressionally directed U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) funding for information technology infrastructure upgrades.  Westlake’s St. John West Shore Hospital will receive $500,000 in HHS funding to update information systems, too; the appropriations were garnered by U.S. Representative Dennis Kucinich (OH 10) and Senator Voinovich.

In addition, $110,000 in federal appropriations funding was secured by U.S. Rep. James Clyburn (SC 6) for Healthy Learners to support children’s health programming in Columbia, South Carolina.

For the fatherhood ministry, $265,000 in federal appropriations were Congressionally directed to the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families to support its program “Jobs Not Jail,” an alternative to incarceration. This project was secured by U.S. Representative John Spratt (SC 5).

“Joining our private commitment, we are simply thrilled by this public investment in our healing mission,” Robin J. Bachman, Assistant Vice President, Government Affairs and Public Policy.   “We are very grateful for the leadership of our federal lawmakers and the entire Ohio and South Carolina delegations.”

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