February 26, 2011

City of Cleveland, four major health systems to collaborate in "Healthy Cleveland" initiative

As featured in a lead story by The Plain Dealer, the city of Cleveland and the county's four main health care institutions, including the Sisters of Charity Health System, are collaboratively putting forth a new effort to help Clevelanders become more healthy and fit:

In an unprecedented collaboration, the city of Cleveland and the county's four main health care institutions, are putting in place a plan to spur Clevelanders to become more healthy and fit. The far-ranging approach, called "Healthy Cleveland," includes smoking cessation (and further restrictions on where people can smoke), diet and nutrition (removing sugar-based drinks and trans-fat foods out of machines in city-owned and run buildings), the promotion of mobility and exercise in neighborhoods, and changes in behavioral health. The resolution will be introduced at the February 28, 2011, City Council meeting, after several months of work that included the support of leaders from the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals-Case Medical Center, MetroHealth and the Sisters of Charity Health System.

The Sisters of Charity Health System is pleased to be a partner in the effort.

“The Sisters of Charity Health System, including St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, has worked tirelessly to improve health literacy across the care continuum, and increase access to behavioral healthcare for the residents of Greater Cleveland. We are eager to be a part of this collaborative that, much like our own mission, cares for the whole person,” said Sr. Judith Ann Karam, CSA, president and CEO of the Sisters of Charity Health System and St. Vincent Charity Medical Center. “We applaud the Mayor and City Council, including Councilman Cimperman, for their leadership in putting forward Healthy Cleveland.”

Read The Plain Dealer’s full story.

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