May 1, 2012

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center Supports NEOMED-CSU Urban Primary Care Initiative with $25,000 Gift

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and Sisters of Charity Health System leaders joined an event to launch the NEOMED-CSU Partnership Health Care Education and Urban Primary Care Initiative yesterday at Cleveland State University.

The April 30, 2012, event featured how NEOMED and CSU are working together in new ways to identify and train health care professionals to meet the challenges of creating a more diverse health care workforce that cares for medically underserved populations.

Urban health has been at the core of St. Vincent Charity Medical Center’s mission since 1851, when its founding sisters traveled from France to Cleveland to become the city’s first public health nurses. This steadfast devotion to serving the downtown Cleveland community has led to St. Vincent Charity Medical Center’s tremendous experience in responding to complex cases so prevalent in urban populations, including serving patients with multiple chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, glaucoma, heart disease and behavioral health problems. St. Vincent Charity Medical Center has embraced urban medical education for many years, with an ACGME accredited program in internal medicine, as well as accredited programs in dentistry and podiatry. St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is also an education site for many allied health professionals, including social workers, nurses, therapists, dieticians, pharmacists and others.

When work first began to establish the NEOMED-CSU Urban Primary Care Initiative, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center joined the effort and committed to:

    • Serving as a primary site for experiential learning opportunities in urban medicine.
    • Providing mentors and clerkship opportunities for NEOMED students. 
    • And, supporting efforts to encourage NEOMED students to remain in Northeast Ohio for residencies.

Yesterday, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center furthered its commitment with a $25,000 gift to the NEOMED-CSU Urban Primary Care Initiative, which was presented by David Perse, M.D., president and CEO of St. Vincent Charity Medical Center; Sister Judith Ann Karam, president and CEO of the Sisters of Charity Health System (SCHS); and Giesele Greene, M.D., chief medical officer, Sisters of Charity Health System. The gift supports the NEOMED-CSU “education for service” initiative, which includes scholarships for students in exchange for service to the community. St. Vincent Charity Medical Center leaders look forward to being a resource in many ways to the NEOMED-CSU Urban Primary Care Initiative, and will continue to support the educational efforts to train future primary care physicians serving urban populations.

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