Saint Joseph Mount Sterling Awarded Grant for Violence Prevention Initiative
Mount Sterling, Ky. (August 12, 2014)—Saint Joseph Mount Sterling, part of KentuckyOne Health, has been awarded a $16,200 grant to support a Violence Prevention Design and Start-Up Program for the Mount Sterling/Montgomery County area.
This grant, provided by Catholic Health Initiative’s Mission and Ministry Fund, will allow representatives from public health, law enforcement, social services and educational institutions, as well as other community leaders and members of the community to come together to discuss violence in the Mount Sterling/Montgomery County area and determine what violence issue to focus on in order to apply for further funding for implementation of an action plan.
The Saint Joseph Mount Sterling Violence Prevention Program will serve Mount Sterling and Montgomery County, and also contribute to Catholic Health Initiatives’ system-wide initiative to prevent violence in every community the health care system serves. Saint Joseph Mount Sterling President Benny Nolen stated “We are very pleased and thankful to Catholic Health Initiative to receive this grant and excited to work together with community partners to prioritize the areas of violence that we need to address. Our desire and hope is that through this process Mount Sterling and Montgomery County can be a safer place for everyone to live and work.”
Since it was established in 1996 with guidance from the health system’s founding congregations, the Mission and Ministry Fund has awarded 409 grants totaling more than $50 million to programs across the globe. The fund was established through contributions from Catholic Health Initiatives’ facilities across the nation.
“As providers of health and health care, we see the human cost of violence every day as victims come to us for emergency services,” said Kevin Lofton, chief executive officer of Catholic Health Initiatives. “Violence prevention is a system wide, long-term commitment for us. With the help of grants from the Mission and Ministry Fund, our local organizations are doing excellent work. They are moving ‘upstream’ to find the places and situations in which violence can be prevented.”
About Saint Joseph Mount Sterling
Formerly Mary Chiles Hospital, Saint Joseph Mount Sterling became a member of Saint Joseph Health System on August 1, 2007. From its founding in 1921, the hospital has been committed to its goal of serving the people of Montgomery, Bath, Menifee, and Powell Counties. A new facility located in Montgomery County was opened on June 16, 2011 featuring 42 licensed acute-care beds and the latest technology including MRI services and digital mammography, all-private rooms, 14 private emergency treatment rooms, 4 operating rooms, an Intensive Care Unit, a Birthing Center, Infusion Center, cardiovascular services and a faith-based healing environment.
Saint Joseph Mount Sterling is part of KentuckyOne Health, which was formed when two major Kentucky health care organizations came together in early 2012. KentuckyOne Health combines the Jewish and Catholic heritages of the two former systems – Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System. In late 2012, the organization formed a partnership with the University of Louisville Hospital | James Graham Brown Cancer Center. The nonprofit system is committed to improving the health of Kentuckians by integrating medical research, education, technology and health care services wherever patients receive care. KentuckyOne Health has more than 200 locations including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies across the state of Kentucky and southern Indiana.
About Catholic Health Initiatives
Catholic Health Initiatives, a nonprofit, faith-based health system formed in 1996 through the consolidation of four Catholic health systems, expresses its mission each day by creating and nurturing healthy communities in the hundreds of sites across the nation where it provides care. One of the nation’s largest health systems, Englewood, Colo.-based CHI operates in 18 states and comprises 93 hospitals, including four academic medical centers and teaching hospitals: 24 critical access facilities; community health services organizations; accredited nursing colleges; home-health agencies; and other facilities that span the inpatient and outpatient continuum of care. In fiscal year 2013, CHI provided $762 million in charity care and community benefit, including services for the poor, free clinics, education and research.