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Living the Mission & Values Awards

While these individuals and programs have been singled out for special recognition, we acknowledge that they are a reflection of an overall Ascension Health culture.  This is a culture characterized by a clear and unwavering commitment to furthering our Strategic Direction, actualizing our Mission and Values.  The following nominees for the Organizational Component award exemplify living our Values-based culture. True of the individual nominees, the program nominees represent an extraordinary orientation toward service to those most in need. These services represent significant commitments to express both Mission and Values in the daily lives of those in their communities. We recognize the following programs for their extraordinary service.

Acute (Physical) Rehabilitation Unit (ARU)
St. Mary’s Healthcare
Amsterdam, N.Y.

When St. Mary’s created its ARU in 1997, its goal was to create an environment that enables patients to recover physically, mentally and spiritually. The ARU has been described as an internal Habitat for Humanity and the spoke of the healthcare wheel that enables patients to continue on a positive healthcare path. More than an acute care unit, the ARU is a community where the staff employs a “fine tuning philosophy” to help each patient deal not only with the physical challenges they are facing, but with issues such as loss of independence and control, depression, and a need for compassion and encouragement. The ARU’s goal is “to succeed for the patient” and help patients return home with positive outcomes and high satisfaction.

Alexian Brothers Parish Services
Alexian Brothers Health System
Schaumburg, Ill.

Alexian Brothers Parish Services began almost 20 years ago in response to a request from local Catholic parishes to support their mental health needs. What began as a pastoral counseling service has grown to include Faith Community Nursing, school-based services, a Youth Leader Retreat, domestic violence awareness and other support services. Services are provided on a sliding fee scale. All programs and
services are holistic, incorporating mind, body and spirit fully. Twenty-five associates serve as Alexian’s point of contact in the community, helping to connect parishioners with needed services and representing the Mission and Values in all they do.

Community Based Solutions at Work
Daughters of Charity Services of San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas

Serving the residents of an economically challenged area plagued by drugs and gang violence, Daughters of Charity Services’ associates discovered a need to provide more than just safety net services. Residents were afraid to leave their home. They needed safe exercise places, nutrition and disease management classes, and even computer training classes to help improve their situation. In response, the organization raised more than $350,000 to make improvements to the neighborhood park, created leadership academies for parents, grandparents and associates living in the neighborhood, and raised awareness and community involvement that have led to a safer, more
cohesive and engaged community.

Lourdes Counseling Center Outpatient Therapy Department
Lourdes Health Network
Pasco, Wash.

Individuals disabled by mental illness often struggle with employment and live off disability income or state assistance. Because of their illness, they are also more likely to be victimized or abused, become homeless, or enter into an unhealthy relationship. The therapists at Lourdes Counseling Center work to heal the wounds of these individuals, providing support and giving them hope for a better life. Services
include case management, medication management, residential services and employment services. Their compassionate approach in helping a wide range of individuals and families has increased referrals from others in the community who have witnessed their success.

Mission Integration, Community Outreach
St. Vincent’s Health System
Birmingham, Ala.

After 18 months of study, St. Vincent’s transitioned its Adult Medical Clinic to become the Access-to-Care program, with a goal of helping patients become more self-sufficient and exit the program in a more timely fashion. The program reaches into five counties with more than 450 participants cared for by a primary care physician. A seasoned psychosocial worker serves as Program Coordinator, connecting participants to the holistic care that extends beyond the medical visit. Participants are coached about their responsibility for their own health, as well as access to community resources. In this way, the maze of social services is streamlined and generates meaningful referrals while fostering greater respect for the poor being served.

St. Vincent’s Foundation
St. Vincent’s HealthCare
Jacksonville, Fla.

St. Vincent’s Foundation supports programs and services that provide equal access to medical care for the poor and vulnerable in Northeast Florida. Since 2004, the foundation has raised more than $70 million, including: $10 million for a new hospital; $6.4 million to fund a Mobile Health Outreach Ministry serving migrant farm workers; and $2.3 million for a wide range of other community outreach programs. In addition, the foundation started the Gold Key Club to provide financial assistance to associates or patients in crisis. To support Healthcare That Is Safe, the foundation also has funded technology to ensure safer surgeries through robotic-assisted surgical systems.

Seniors Clinic, St. Joseph Medical Center
Carondelet Health
Kansas City, Mo.

While working in the Emergency Room, Sr. Margaret Vincent, CSJ, RN, realized that many of her older patients might have had less severe health situations had they been seen sooner. Most, however, lacked the means to get to a doctor. Thus was born the Seniors Clinic, whose goal is to ensure chronic diseases are well managed and healthcare emergencies avoided. Last fiscal year the clinic treated nearly 1,500 seniors; many were able to see a doctor the same day they called. Those confined to wheelchairs or semi-ambulatory are provided with free transportation to the clinic. The clinic works closely with other Medical Center departments to coordinate one-stop care and ensure the highest quality care for every patient.

Seton Healthcare Family Wildfire Relief Team Fund
Seton Healthcare Family Associates
Austin, Texas

In September 2011, a wildfire near Austin destroyed almost 1,700 homes and charred more than 100,000 acres, forcing 5,000 residents to flee. More than 400 Seton Healthcare Family associates were among them. Within hours, the entire Seton Family mobilized, checking on associates and neighbors, attending to casualties, identifying needs, and creating a task force to oversee relief efforts. Donations of cash and goods were collected and distributed. Associates even opened their homes to those with nowhere else to turn, often welcoming complete strangers. In all, the Seton workforce contributed $50,000 and 6,000 pounds of food, clothing and household goods, and spent countless
hours volunteering to help the victims and firefighters during this terrible tragedy.

Seton House Behavioral Health
Providence Hospital
Washington, D.C.

Individuals with substance abuse and mental health issues often have significant needs and few resources, especially when they are homeless or have complications from other diseases. Seton House, Providence’s Behavioral Health Services, exists to provide this population with holistic therapeutic care. The late Sr. Maureen Beitman, DC, who provided spiritual services, exemplified Seton House’s unique approach. A fierce advocate for the poor, Sr. Maureen upheld the dignity of each patient and demonstrated how spirituality, incorporated into traditional psychotherapy and combined with compassionate care, can lead to positive outcomes for even the most vulnerable among us.

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