Foundation grants benefit St. Elizabeth Hospital, community
08 / 03 / 2009
Maria Nelson, Media Relations
Affinity Health System
(920) 554-0686 (pager)
APPLETON, Wis. – Nearly $160,000 in grants has been awarded internally by the St. Elizabeth Hospital Community Foundation.
“The foundation plays an important role in helping to fund programs, services and capital needs that would otherwise be unavailable to our patients,” said Tonya Dedering, executive director of the St. Elizabeth Hospital Community Foundation. “With strong donor support, we’re proud to be able to help St. Elizabeth, Calumet Medical Center and Affinity’s Fox Cities clinics thrive.”
A total of 25 grants were awarded, including funding for:
- A digital scale for the Madison Center OB-GYN department
- Calumet Medical Center’s Progressive Agriculture Safety Day
- A dual compartment blanket/fluid warming cabinet for the Calumet Medical Center surgery department
- Nutrition classes for the behavioral health department
- Two bariatric lift chairs
- Clinical laboratory-centrifuge
- Health and wellness grant for the behavioral health department
The foundation awarded $30,000 in grants to Affinity nursing for basic patient needs such as medication, transportation home, clothing, diapers and personal care items and over $10,000 for the Calumet Medical Center Heart Clinic cardiac rehabilitation.
“In this economic climate, there is an even greater need for project funding,” says Dedering. “Donor investments play a key role in allowing Affinity Health System to provide quality, personalized care to all patients.”
The St. Elizabeth Hospital Community Foundation is dedicated to living 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 and programs, and other community health care initiatives in Outagamie and Calumet counties, and northern Winnebago County.
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.