Mercy Health Foundation awards grants
08 / 01 / 2006
Maria Nelson, Media Relations
Affinity Health System
(920) 554-0686 (pager)
OSHKOSH, Wis. – The Mercy Health Foundation has awarded more than $263,000 in grants to programs that address health needs of individuals living in the area served by Mercy Medical Center.
Of the total amount awarded, $50,721 will be distributed during the remainder of 2006:
- $25,000 will be used by the Tri County Dental Clinic to subsidize the cost of dental care for low income residents of southern Winnebago County.
- $17,721 will be used to purchase an automated cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) device for Mercy Medical Center. The device automatically performs chest compressions during CPR. Using the device increases blood flow to the heart by 33 percent over CPR performed manually.
- $8,000 has been awarded to the Affinity Health System Employee Emergency Fund to assist Affinity employees with personal crises.
The remaining funds were awarded for 2007 programming:
- $100,000 is earmarked for the operating budget of the Living Healthy Community Clinic for the uninsured of Winnebago County.
- $75,000 will be used by the Parent Connection program, which provides for home visitation services to “at-risk” new parents.
- $17,190 was awarded to the Passport 55 program at Mercy Medical Center. The program helps older adults with medical and insurance paperwork.
- $13,229 was awarded to the Fitness for the Physically Challenged exercise program at Mercy Medical Center.
- $4,113 was given to the Community Sharps Disposal program. This program provides free containers for the disposal of medical syringes to individuals in the Mercy Medical Center service area who self-inject medication.
- $2,315 was awarded to the end-of-life program at Mercy Medical Center.
- $520 will pay for the transportation of low income, disabled Mercy Medical Center volunteers.
The mission of the Mercy Health Foundation is to live out the healing ministry of Christ, with a special emphasis on those in need, by generating, stewarding and distributing funds to enhance the quality of Affinity Health System’s services, programs and community health initiatives.
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.