Sisters of Charity Health System ministries receive nearly $900,000 in appropriations


CLEVELAND, Ohio—March 13, 2009—We are pleased to announce that several ministries in the Sisters of Charity Health System will receive nearly $900,000 in federal appropriations as part of the Omnibus Appropriations Act signed this week by President Barack Obama.
Working closely with ministry leadership and our congressional delegations in Ohio and South Carolina, we were able to identify and garner federal funds from the Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Justice to help with specific needs.
Mercy Medical Center will receive $404,000 toward construction of a new emergency department. St. John West Shore Hospital will receive $238,000 to update surgical pre-operative and post-operative units.
We’d like to thank the Ohio Congressional delegation, particularly former Congressman Ralph Regula, Congressman Dennis Kucinich, Congressman Zachary T. Space and Sen. George Voinovich for their support.
Healthy Learners Dillon receives $95,000 to engage in outreach to poor rural children and provide basic medical services, health screenings, training of school nurses and implementation of a family focused health education campaign.
The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families will receive $140,000 to support an Alternative to Incarceration (ATI) program in Midlands Fatherhood Coalition-Fairfield. ATI allows men who are behind in child support payments to be court ordered into this rigorous, six-month program instead of being jailed. This work strengthens and reconnects fathers with their children. Comprehensive fatherhood programs such as MFC-Fairfield help non-custodial dads improve their educational status, learn life and job skills, learn and practice positive parenting skills, get and keep jobs that provide a livable wage.
We’d like to thank our South Carolina congressional delegation, particularly Congressman John M. Spratt, Jr., and Sen. Lindsey Graham for their support and leadership.

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