Mercy Health Foundation approves grants
03 / 23 / 2007
Maria Nelson, Media Relations
Affinity Health System
(920) 554-0686 (pager)
OSHKOSH, WI -- The Mercy Health Foundation Board of Trustees recently approved $39, 565 in new grants to meet the basic health care needs in the community and enhance services provided by Affinity Mercy Medical Center.
- $25,000 was awarded to the Tri County Community Dental Clinic to subsidize the cost of providing dental services to low income residents of southern Winnebago County.
- $13,500 was awarded to Affinity Health System marketing and public relations department for a Spanish version of ADAM patient education content for the Affinity Web site. The online health information contains 30,000 health and wellness articles written by medical specialists from across the country. These articles are updated on a regular basis, offering the most current health news available. Affinity Medical Group physicians can use this health information with Spanish-speaking patients to enhance the patient-physician communication process.
- $800 was awarded to the Affinity Memory Center to purchase informational booklets to help families in making decisions about living arrangements for loved ones with dementia. The Memory Center, located on the Affinity Mercy Medical Center campus in Oshkosh, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer's diseas and other dementia.
- $265 was awarded to the Affinity Mercy Medical Center BirthPlace to purchase amenity items for women who are hospitalized to prevent premature birth. These stays can sometimes be lengthy, and the funds will be used for items to make patients more comfortable.
The Mercy Health Foundation, established in 1971, continues to fulfill its mission to "live out the healing ministry of Christ with special emphasis on those in need."
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.