Mercy Health Foundation awards $50,000 in grants
04 / 28 / 2006
Maria Nelson, Media Relations
Affinity Health System
(920) 554-0686 (pager)
OSHKOSH, Wis. – The Mercy Health Foundation board of trustees approved $50,721 in new grants recently.
- The Tri-County Dental Clinic, which serves low-income residents of Winnebago, Outagamie and Calumet counties, received $25,000 to subsidize the cost of care for southern Winnebago County residents who receive services from the clinic.
- The Intensive Care unit at Mercy Medical Center will receive $17, 721 to purchase an AutoPulse Resuscitation System—an automated CPR device. This new technology will be the first of its kind for Affinity Health System. Research has shown that it is 20 percent more effective than perfectly performed manual CPR in cardiac arrest situations and reduces patient mortality and cognitive damage.
- The Affinity Emergency Life Crisis Fund received $8,000 to provide qualified low-income employees with a financial subsidy when they are faced with a non-medical emergency that overwhelms their personal budget.
For the Editor:
Affinity Health System, a faith-based regional health care network, is the Fox Valley’s second-largest employer, according to the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce & Industry. For the fourth consecutive year, Affinity has been named one of the nation’s top 64 health systems based on clinical performance according to Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care. For ten consecutive years, Affinity Health System has been named to the SDI (formerly Verispan) Integrated Health Network Top 100, an annual assessment of the 100 most highly integrated health care networks in the nation. Both St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton and Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh rank among the top 1 percent of hospitals nationwide in terms of quality and efficiency, as determined by the 2007 Premier | CareScience Select practice National Quality Award. Members of Affinity include Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Health Foundation, Oshkosh; St. Elizabeth Hospital and the St. Elizabeth Hospital Foundation, Appleton; Affinity Medical Group, a regional network of 25 family practice and specialty clinics – 22 of which are recognized as NCQA Level III medical homes, the highest level of recognition – in 14 communities; Calumet Medical Center, Chilton; and Affinity Occupational Health.