Mercy In The Press
MERCY FOUNDATION SPONSORED ORGANIZATION AWARDED GRANT FOR VIOLENCE PREVENTION INITIATIVE
Mercy Foundation has been awarded a $110,275 grant to support the work of the UP2USNOW Child Abuse Prevention coalition. The grant is provided by the Mission and Ministry Fund of Catholic Health Initiatives, the national health care system that includes Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Foundation. Mercy Foundation’s sponsored UP2USNOW Child Abuse Prevention coalition serves Douglas County and also contributes to Catholic Health Initiatives’ systemwide initiative to prevent violence in every community the health care system serves. “For the last two years we have worked as a community coalition to identify and design our healthy community project by bringing together 30+ agencies and 50 community members to help make a shift from acute response/intervention to one of prevention,” says Mercy Foundation president Lisa Platt. “We have identified two goals as a coalition for this effort and are very excited that with this funding we can now begin the implementation phase of our project.” By joining together, the partners involved with UP2USNOW has the ability to address broad goals for greater community impact; and by focusing on prevention, make progress toward reducing/eliminating child abuse in Douglas County. “Violence prevention is a systemwide, long-term commitment for CHI, and we’re very proud of the collaborative work being done by Mercy, Mercy Foundation and their many dedicated partners in the community,” said Kevin Lofton, president and chief executive officer of Catholic Health Initiatives. About Catholic Health Initiatives Catholic Health Initiatives is a national nonprofit health organization with headquarters in Englewood, Colo. The faith-based system operates in 19 states and includes 76 hospitals; 40 long-term care, assisted- and residential-living facilities; two community health services organizations; two accredited nursing colleges; and home health agencies. In fiscal year 2011, CHI provided more than $612 million in charity care and community benefit, including services for the poor, free clinics, education and research. With annual revenues of more than $10.5 billion, CHI is the nation’s second-largest Catholic health care system.
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