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Saint Joseph Berea Opens Humankindness Haven to Assist Patients in Need


BEREA, Ky. (April 19, 2022) – Saint Joseph Berea has opened a “Humankindness Haven” to provide assistance to patients in need who are being discharged from the hospital. The Humankindness Haven officially opened on Wednesday, April 13. For those patients who lack essentials after they leave the hospital, the resource room will provide a box of food for two to three days, basic clothing pieces and an informational card listing resources in the local community to help meet their long-term needs.

Humankindness Havens are a part of Saint Joseph Berea’s commitment to demonstrate kindness in every key aspect of service to our communities. Humankindness is woven into CHI Saint Joseph Health’s values of Compassion, Inclusion, Integrity, Excellence and Collaboration.

“Our mission is to improve the health of the people we serve, especially those who are vulnerable,” said John Yanes, president, Saint Joseph Berea. “These Humankindness Havens are designed to help ensure the basic needs of patients who are leaving the hospital are met. We also want to connect them with the many great resources in our community to help them.”

The resource card in each assistance package includes contact information for organizations that offer assistance with food, transportation, clothing, housing, utilities, medication, clinics and counseling. Patients and their families in need can ask a caregiver for assistance through the Humankindness Haven.

The Havens are a joint project of the CHI Saint Joseph Health Healthy Communities program and the Saint Joseph Berea Foundation. To donate for the program, visit www.chisaintjosephhealth.org/waystohelp, click on the Saint Joseph Berea Foundation/Donate Today, and choose Humankindness Havens from the dropdown menu.

About CHI Saint Joseph Health

CHI Saint Joseph Health, part of CommonSpirit Health, is one of the largest and most comprehensive health systems in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with 100 locations in 20 counties, including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes, home health agencies and an ambulatory Care Center. The hospitals in CHI Saint Joseph Health are Flaget Memorial Hospital, Saint Joseph Berea, Saint Joseph East, Saint Joseph Hospital, Saint Joseph Jessamine, Saint Joseph London, Saint Joseph Mount Sterling, and Women’s Hospital at Saint Joseph East. In total, the health system serves patients in 35 counties statewide. CHI Saint Joseph Health is dedicated to providing a wide array of services toward a goal of building a healthier future for all. CHI Saint Joseph Health embodies a strong mission and faith-based heritage and works through local partnerships to expand access to care in the communities it serves.

About Saint Joseph Berea

Saint Joseph Berea is a 25-bed critical access hospital located in Berea, Kentucky. Established in 1898 on the grounds of Berea College, the facility serves residents of Madison, Estill, Garrard, Jackson and Rockcastle counties. Saint Joseph Berea recognizes the importance of family, friends and familiar surroundings in the healing process and provides a breadth of services so that getting first-rate care doesn’t have to mean being far from home.

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Publish date: 

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

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