ARCHIVE: Cover the Uninsured 2006

In 2006, the Sisters of Charity Health System and it sponsored ministries performed a number of activities to add our voice on behalf of the uninsured. Below are some of the many activities undertaken in 2006.

On May 3, 2006, Sr. Judith Ann Karam, CSA, President and CEO of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine Health System, was pleased to host a thought-provoking economic forum and panel discussion titled The Uninsured and the Economy: Costs and Consequences. Supported in part by the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, it was attended by more than 120 people including those from the health care industry, business community, providers and caregivers, uninsured persons, labor, advocacy groups, philanthropies, universities, vowed religious, other Catholic ministries, and federal, state and local government personnel. Karen Davenport, Director of Health Policy at the Center for American Progress, a Washington, D.C., research and educational institute, served as the Forum’s keynote speaker. She was joined by Dr. John A. Bastulli, M.D., of the Academy of Medicine of Cleveland/ Northern Ohio Medical Association and panelists Steve Millard, Executive Director of the Council of Smaller Enterprises; former Congressman Dennis Eckart; St. Vincent Charity Hospital’s Dr. Gregory L. Hall; and Greg Moody, former senior health and human services advisor to the Governor of Ohio. Jacqueline Gerber of WCLV Classical FM served as moderator.

“Living without health coverage is a fact of life for nearly 1.3 million Ohio residents,” said Sr. Judith Ann Karam, CSA, “today we speak about the costs and consequences of health access, what it means for the economy both locally and nationally, and what it means for individuals, providers and employers.” The Forum participants noted that the health care crisis has become a competitiveness issue for Cleveland and the nation. Lack of coverage and the cost of care limits the state’s and nation’s ability to compete.

Held during an election year, the CSA Health System joined the Cover the Uninsured Week national effort to use this opportunity to encourage lawmakers to make covering the uninsured a priority. Postcards to U.S. House and Senate representatives were available during the Forum and throughout the week, with more than 650 postcards completed and scores of e-mails sent to elected officials. Additionally, Sr. Judith Ann Karam, CSA, encouraged attendees to share comments with the Citizens’ Health Care Working Group.

In addition to the Forum, several of CSA HS’ sponsored ministries held Cover the Uninsured Week events. In Canton, Ohio, Mercy Medical Center’s May 3rd Health Information Day was a big success! “For a century, Mercy Medical Center has been true to our mission and to the charism of our founders. We remain a haven of compassionate care for people in our community who are uninsured,” noted Thomas E. Cecconi, President and CEO, Mercy Medical Center. Low-income individuals, persons who were self-employed or employed by small firms with no insurance coverage, and those who needed information for elderly parents or young adult children were among the 200 attendees. “Many agencies told me it was a great opportunity to be present for people in need as well as to network with other community groups. This was our second annual event and we plan to hold another, perhaps expanded, event next year,” said Sr. Carolyn Capuano, HM, Mercy’s V.P. of Mission and Ministry. Also in Canton, Ohio, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton, along with Mercy Medical, helped to sponsor a small business event. Over 70 small business owners, insurance brokers, community service representatives, and self-employed individuals attended a breakfast on May 2, 2006, to learn about health care coverage options and resources available locally for themselves and their employees.
 
St. Vincent Charity Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio, and Voices for Children of Greater Cleveland, along with the CSA Health System, hosted a well-attended “Child Health Matters” Briefing at the hospital on Thursday, May 4, 2006. In addition, St. John West Shore Hospital, Westlake, Ohio, held its first Cover the Uninsured Week Health and Enrollment Fair, on Friday, May 5th.

Heartened by these activities, the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine Health System will continue to work towards health care solutions for all and add its voice on behalf on the uninsured.

Blog Posts From

Foundation's Innovation Mission fellowship leads to launch of Right to Counsel-Cleveland to help low-income tenants facing eviction

Housing instability, often caused by eviction, is a root cause of poverty in Cleveland. The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland began researching ways to address this issue in partnership with the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland's Innovation Mission fellowship. Cleveland City Council passed historic legislation in October making legal representation in eviction cases a right for tenants with at least one child in the household living at or below the Federal Poverty Level ($21,300). The Right to Counsel-Cleveland legislation went into effect July 1. legislation went into effect July 1.[More]

tags: Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, Foundations

Multiple South Carolina media outlets cover how fatherhood programs continue to support fathers even during pandemic

The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families supports six fatherhood programs in communities across the state to strengthen families through fatherhood engagement. Media outlets across South Carolina have recently covered the work several of the fatherhood programs are doing to continue helping fathers build the skills they need to be responsible and engaged, even during the pandemic.[More]

tags: South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families, Outreach

SCHS Senior Vice President Susanna Krey among Crain's Women of Note 2020

Crain’s Cleveland Business annually recognizes 15 women who demonstrate an exceptional commitment to Northeast Ohio and its citizens. The 2020 class of the Women of Note includes Susanna H. Krey, senior vice president at the Sisters of Charity Health System and president of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland. [More]

tags: Foundations, health care, Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, Sisters of Charity Health System

SCHS Vice President selected for Leadership Cleveland Class of 2021

The Cleveland Leadership Center has named 68 people, drawn from public companies, nonprofits and public-sector institutions and chosen through a competitive application process, as members of the Leadership Cleveland class of 2021, including Rebecca L. Gallant, vice president of communications for the Sisters of Charity Health System. [More]

tags: Sisters of Charity Health System, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, health care, Foundations

Light of Hearts Villa launches memory care capital campaign

Light of Hearts Villa recently launched its Forever Remember Campaign, a plan to raise funds toward an $850,000 project to greatly improve it Lumen Lane Memory Care Unit and to enhance programming for residents with memory disorders. To put the Light of Hearts Villa facilities on par with its standard of excellent care, more than $1.5 million has been invested in campus improvements over the past several years. Even with these great strides, there are still areas where it would be beneficial to expand services, improve the care environment and enhance the overall quality of life for residents.[More]

tags: Light of Hearts Villa, health care