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Saint Joseph Mount Sterling awarded $295,000 grant for Violence Prevention Initiative
Mt. Sterling, Ky. (August 21, 2015) – Saint Joseph Mount Sterling, part of KentuckyOne Health, has been awarded a $295,003 grant to support the Safe School Ambassadors program and other efforts that focus on addressing the problem of bullying in schools.
The Safe School Ambassadors will serve the Mt. Sterling community and also contribute to Catholic Health Initiatives’ system wide initiative to prevent violence in every community the health care system serves.
The Safe School Ambassadors is focused on reducing the number of students who fall victim to bullying and educate the community about bullying and its impact.
“This program will engage the Mt. Sterling community’s youth to make civility a norm,” said Sr. Janet Carr, manager of mission services, Saint Joseph Mount Sterling. “It will supply them with knowledge to identify when someone is being bullied and foster the skills needed to reduce the number of incidents.”
The grant is provided by the Mission and Ministry Fund of Catholic Health Initiatives, the national health care system that includes KentuckyOne Health and Saint Joseph Mount Sterling.
Since it was established in 1996 with guidance from the health system’s founding congregations, the Mission and Ministry Fund has awarded 452 grants totaling more than $63 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, president and chief executive officer of Catholic Health Initiatives. “Violence prevention is a systemwide, 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 KentuckyOne Health
KentuckyOne Health, the largest and most comprehensive health system in the Commonwealth, has more than 200 locations including, hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies in Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is dedicated to bringing wellness, healing and hope to all, including the underserved. The system is made up of the former Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System, along with the University of Louisville Hospital and James Graham Brown Cancer Center. KentuckyOne Health is proud of and strengthened by its Catholic, Jewish and academic heritages.
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. The nation’s second-largest nonprofit health system, Englewood, Colo.-based CHI operates in 19 states and comprises 102 hospitals, including four academic health centers and major teaching hospitals and 30 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 2014, CHI provided $910 million in charity care and community benefit -- a nearly 20% increase over the previous year -- for programs and services for the poor, free clinics, education and research. Charity care and community benefit totaled more than $1.7 billion with the inclusion of the unpaid costs of Medicare. The health system, which generated revenues of almost $13.9 billion in fiscal year 2014, has total assets of $21.8 billion. Learn more at www.catholichealthinitiatives.org.