St. Vincent Charity Medical Center Emergency Department medical director joins Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine to discuss COVID-19

Gov. Mike DeWine offered a dire outlook on the state of the coronavirus pandemic during a visit to Cleveland last week, and urged Ohio residents to downsize their Thanksgiving plans and avoid other gatherings to help reduce transmission. St. Vincent Charity Medical Center Emergency Department Medical Director Carla O'Day appeared with DeWine during his visit. She said anecdotal evidence suggests Halloween may be partly to blame for the recent spike in cases and that many people may have been infected while attending Halloween parties.…

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St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, health care

Ohio Department of Health: Now more than ever, it is important to get a flu shot

With the flu season coinciding with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging everyone older than 6 months of age to get a flu shot to help protect themselves and their communities. It’s especially important for those at increased risk of developing serious flu-related complications.…

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Light of Hearts Villa raises more than $65,000 through Forever Remember virtual fundraiser

Light of Hearts Villa has hosted its annual Fall Fest fundraiser since the first year of operation in 1989, with more than 300 guests coming to enjoy a meal, browse craft tables and purchase raffle tickets. This year’s event had fundraising efforts going virtual, but that didn’t dampen enthusiasm. More than $65,000 was raised for the “Forever Remember Campaign” to support the Lumen Lane Memory Care Unit expansion project and to enhance programming for residents with memory disorders.…

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Light of Hearts Villa, health care

St. Vincent Charity joins Northeast Ohio hospitals urging Ohioans to remain vigilant as coronavirus cases rise

The heads of six Northeast Ohio hospital systems, including St. Vincent Charity Medical Center President & CEO Janice G. Murphy, took out a full page ad in the Sunday Plain Dealer for a letter that implores Ohioans not to give in to “COVID fatigue” as coronavirus cases in Ohio continue to dramatically rise. “Unfortunately we cannot wish the infection away,” the letter reads, in part. “COVID-19 is in our communities no matter where you live or who you are. It touches all of us in one way or another.”…

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St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, health care

Regina Health Center invests in its frontline health care professionals

In the new issue of The Heart of Regina Health Center newsletter, Executive Director Mark Yantek writes about remaining hopeful during trying times. There are also stories about how spiritual enrichment has continued in new ways during the pandemic, a preview of the 170th anniversary of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, a Holy-In-One recap and more. The cover story highlights how one donor has been helping frontline health care professionals advance their skills through continuing education for 20 years.…

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Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina awards $359,500 in grants to help make life better for people experiencing poverty

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina recently awarded grants totaling $359,500 to 46 nonprofits that are working to make life better for people experiencing poverty. These nonprofits are  working to reduce poverty in South Carolina in one of three ways: Meeting the immediate needs of people experiencing poverty; breaking the cycle of poverty; working to change systems that are considered to be drivers of poverty.…

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COVID-19 Update from Ohio Governor Mike DeWine: Unprecedented Spike in Hospital Admissions

Governor DeWine was joined by incoming Ohio Department of Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff and leaders of the Ohio Hospital Association on Monday to discuss the status of hospital capacity in Ohio as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to surge throughout the state. There are currently over 2,500 hospitalizations statewide, up from 2,000 hospitalizations on Thursday. A total of 154 hospitalizations were reported in the last 24 hours alone.…

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South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families president presents at 2020 Kentucky Fatherhood Summit

South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families President Pat Littlejohn was asked to present at the 2020 Kentucky Fatherhood Summit. The three-day, virtual summit was entitled “Equity, Empowerment, Engagement & Economic Stability Impacting Families & Communities through Positive Fathering" and was held October 27 – October 29. Remarks from Kentucky Governor Andy Beshar opened the summit.…

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Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland-supported Housing First initiative opens 13th permanent supportive housing property

As residents recently began moving into Harper's Pointe in Cleveland's Old Brooklyn neighborhood, the Housing First initiative took one step closer to ending functional chronic homelessness in Cuyahoga County through permanent supportive housing. The 71 unit-Harper's Pointe is Housing First's 13th permanent supportive housing property in the county (with a total of 782 units). The Cuyahoga County Housing First Initiative began in 2002 when the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, in partnership with Enterprise and the Cleveland/Cuyahoga County Office of Homeless Services, convened 17 organizations to bring the permanent supportive housing model to Cleveland.…

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St. Vincent Charity Medical Center launches centralized access for behavioral health services

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center (SVCMC), which is home to Rosary Hall – one of Ohio’s first and best hospital-based addiction treatment centers – has unveiled new centralized access to behavioral health inpatient services. “Centralized access offers a single point of entry to any of St. Vincent’s 27 inpatient detoxification beds and 64 inpatient psychiatry beds,” said Megan Bush, MBA, LISWS, director of intake and access, behavioral health, SVCMC. “The new model promises a swift and linear intake process for referrals from other hospitals, SVCMC providers, external agencies and individuals seeking services on their own.”…

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U.S. surgeon general joins roundtable discussion at Mercy Medical Center on rising coronavirus cases

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams and U.S. Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services Eric D. Hargan visited Mercy Medical Center Thursday. The roundtable aimed to provide an opportunity for government officials to speak about the challenges health care providers are facing in Stark County in dealing with the COVID-19 crisis, and for residents to ask questions.…

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Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland senior program director named Philanthropy Ohio’s Emerging Leader for 2020

Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland Senior Program Director Adrienne Mundorf was recently named Philanthropy Ohio's Emerging Leader for 2020. The emerging leader award recognizes someone, regardless of age, who has engaged in philanthropy for the first time during the last few years and shows amazing potential. They showcase leadership in advancing philanthropy, engagement beyond a single community, creativity in a philanthropic endeavor or project or significant accomplishment in a short period of time.…

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Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood ambassador organizes neighborhood youth to help seniors and essential workers

Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood Ambassador Demetrius Carter spent several weekends in the summer organizing neighborhood youth to help seniors and essential workers with yardwork, cleanup and other needs. In a video posted by the Promise Neighborhood, he asked some of the teens to talk about their experiences and what they hope for the future of Central.…

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Mercy Medical Center and St. Vincent Charity designated as Blue Distinction Centers+ for Spine Surgery

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and Mercy Medical Center are two of only 15 facilities in Ohio to be designated as Blue Distinction Centers+ for Spine Surgery by the BlueCross BlueShield Association. Blue Distinction Centers+ are nationally recognized and trusted programs that provide excellent and efficient specialty care. It is a national designation program by the BlueCross BlueShield Association that identifies facilities that demonstrate expertise in delivering quality specialty care safely, efficiently and cost effectively.…

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Joseph's Home lights the way to a brighter future

"Do I really want to go through this again?" Sometimes when life gets tough, it’s easy to lose hope or to feel like giving up. This is exactly how Marcos felt when he received the news from his doctor that his cancer had come back. Typically, Marcos tries to keep his head held high. But he wasn’t sure if he was strong enough anymore. Without a home or a car, keeping up with his medical care felt impossible. Until he was referred to Joseph’s Home.…

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Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland's Generative Spirit initiative highlighted in Global Sisters Report

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland's Generative Spirit Program Coordinator Rachel Drotar was highlighted in a recent Global Sisters Report story about Catholic sisters’ influence on young people in the areas of activism and social justice. This knowledge-sharing and inspiration is an essential part of the Generative Spirit initiative, which connects sisters and young adults in their shared passion for social justice.…

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Mercy Service League food and wine gift box fundraiser supports Mercy Medical Center during pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted the world and touched everyone's lives, while also impacting hospitals throughout the country, with financial consequences related to COVID-19. To support Mercy Medical Center’s mission outreach efforts to care for the community during these unprecedented times, Mercy Service League is selling Hope & Heroes celebration gift boxes, featuring specialty food and wine and a Hope & Heroes keepsake.…

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Joseph’s Home virtual benefit luncheon October 28 to help ill homeless men heal

Joseph’s Home will hold its signature fundraising event virtually this year. Perseverance in Hope: The 2020 Joseph’s Home Benefit Luncheon is an annual event that celebrates the remarkable healing and achievements of the medically fragile men experiencing homelessness who have stabilized their health and transformed their lives at Joseph’s Home. Due to concerns related to COVID-19, the event will be broadcast live on Wednesday, October 28, with the hope of raising awareness of this vital ministry and critical funds needed to support the complex needs of the men served.…

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Joseph's Home, Outreach

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center Appoints Russell E. Spieth, Ph.D., as Director of Outpatient Services at Rosary Hall

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center has named Russell E. Spieth, Ph.D., as director of outpatient services at Rosary Hall, effective today. In this role, Dr. Spieth provides leadership and operational oversight of ambulatory addiction treatment services, as well as staff and program development for the expanding continuum of Rosary Hall. He also ensures close coordination with Rosary Hall’s inpatient detoxification services, inpatient behavioral health and other hospital programs. “We are excited to welcome Dr. Spieth, whose diverse experiences will help expand Rosary Hall’s capabilities, which will now include mental health and dual diagnosis treatment, including serious and persistent mental illness,” said Michael J. Biscaro, Psy.D., ABPP (Forensic), chief of behavioral health, SVCMC. “Dr. Spieth brings a remarkable dedication to continued education and commitment to the highest quality of care for our patients, who are often at their most vulnerable.” …

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Sisters of Charity Health System leadership joins First Friday Club of Cleveland to share pandemic insights

Sisters of Charity Health System leadership recently joined the First Friday Club of Cleveland to discuss what it means for faith organizations to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We can’t go back to ‘normal,’” said Sister Judith Ann Karam, CSA, chair, Sisters of Charity Health System, as she opened a virtual program for the First Friday Club, which provides a forum for Catholic thought and inspiration.…

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Index-Journal: Virtual spelling bee raises funds for Healthy Learners

Healthy Learners Greenwood recently hosted its sixth annual spelling bee, with adults showing off their spelling skills at the Greenwood Friends of Healthy Learners Spelling Bee. This year’s spelling bee went virtual, using video chat software to connect teams. Between registrations, sponsorships and teams paying to stay in the competition after a missed spelling, Healthy Learners raised more than $33,000.…

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Healthy Learners, Outreach

Vaccine Equity and Catholic Principles for the Common Good

As researchers race to create safe and effective vaccines for COVID-19, it is essential to thoughtfully consider how to ethically develop, and equitably distribute them. Effectively addressing the global health crisis requires a coordinated response by business, government, community leaders and health care providers to ensure that vaccines and treatments are safe, effective and available to all.…

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