St. Vincent Charity Establishes Pain Management Clinic to Provide Balanced Treatment for Pain

by Editor Tuesday, October 31, 2017

(OCTOBER 31, 2017) — In a comprehensive effort to improve patient overall health and quality of life, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center has partnered with Pain Management Group to open a new center offering a balanced treatment plan to address chronic and acute pain.

“Living with pain not only affects a patient’s immediate health, but often has lasting impact on a patient’s overall physical and mental well-being, their family life, and their careers,” said Dr. David Perse, president and CEO of St. Vincent Charity Medical Center. “In light of the current opioid epidemic plaguing our community, it is critical that we identify effective pain management treatments as an alternative to relying solely on prescription medications.”

The center, which opened Oct. 16, is a department of the hospital providing comprehensive diagnostic and individualized treatment plans that incorporate a variety of modalities, including physical therapy, nerve blocks, spinal injections, medication management and referral for alternative treatment. Acute and chronic conditions treated at St. Vincent Pain Management Center will include those caused by neck and back pain, headaches, fibromyalgia, chronic pelvic pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), nerve damage, as well as pain associated with arthritis, muscle spasms, and shingles.

“Pain can be caused by a complexity of issues, therefore, our treatment plans need to be just as varied, so we identify the most effective means to provide patients long-term relief,” said John Bookmyer, CEO of PMG. “Through this center, St. Vincent can offer some of today’s most advanced treatments, which are more tolerable and minimally invasive to allow patients to get back to activities of their daily lives.”

It is estimated that more than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, which exceeds the number in treatment for diabetes, cancer and coronary heart disease combined. Studies show chronic pain in the United States costs as much as $635 billion per year when considering treatment costs and lost wages.

St. Vincent’s Pain Management Center at 6701 Rockside Road, Suite 100, is staffed by Dr. Jay Vyas, a University of Iowa fellowship-trained pain management physician. A graduate of University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Dr. Vyas completed his residency at MetroHealth Medical Center.

“Lack of access to treatment impacts the entire community through increased health care costs, reduction of workforce and community volunteers, and medication abuse,” Dr. Vyas said. “I am thrilled to return to this great city to serve this community that has given me so much.”

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the St. Vincent Pain Management Center at 216.624.4284.

About St. Vincent Charity Medical Center

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is Cleveland’s faith-based, high-quality healthcare provider. Our distinguished doctors and caregivers are devoted to treating every patient with clinical excellence and compassionate care. St. Vincent Charity Medical Center’s expertise focuses on addiction and behavioral health, the Center for Bariatric Surgery and the Spine and Orthopedic Institute. Owned by the Sisters of Charity Health System, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center provides Care Beyond Medicine. For more information, visit www.stvincentcharity.com.

About Pain Management Group

Based in Findlay, Ohio, Pain Management Group is a leading developer of balanced, hospital-based, primary care pain management centers. Since 2009, Pain Management Group has successfully established joint-venture partnerships with hospitals to develop, build and operate pain management facilities that provide patients suffering from acute and chronic pain with the highest level of balanced health care. For more information, visit www.painmgmtgroup.com. 

Media contact: Rebecca Gallant, 216-696-8408, rgallant@sistersofcharityhealth.org

 

 

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, Legal Aid Partner to Improve Health of Addiction, Psychiatric Patients

by Editor Monday, October 16, 2017

(OCTOBER 16, 2017) – St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland have launched a medical legal partnership (MLP), providing free, on-site services to resolve civil legal issues that impact the overall health of addiction and psychiatric patients. St. Vincent Charity’s MLP program is the first of its kind in Ohio to focus solely on the needs of those in treatment for behavioral health and addiction diseases.

“At St. Vincent Charity, we are committed to not only treating the current symptoms that bring patients into our hospital, but working to improve their long-term overall health and quality of life,” said Dr. David Perse, president and CEO of St. Vincent Charity.  “This MLP provides an integrated approach to address the legal barriers that negatively impact a person’s health so we can improve the well-being of those in our community.”

Through a two-year $260,000 grant from the Jones Day Foundation, a full-time Legal Aid attorney will partner with St. Vincent Charity clinicians, case workers, patient navigators and other care givers to both prevent and remedy the many health-harming factors that have their roots in legal problems. In the first year alone, it is estimated that the program will assist 175 patients and their family members through 75 legal cases.

“Due to lower incomes and the stigma attached to their disease, so many of our patients face health disparities that create an ongoing cycle of emergent health care needs and hospital stays. Our patients truly suffer from this downward social drift,” said Dr. Albana Dreshaj, medical director, St. Vincent Charity Psychiatric Emergency Department.  “Many don’t know there is help available in the community or where to go to find it. The MLP places an attorney right here in the hospital to work side by side with caregivers and social workers to help our patients break down these barriers.”

To implement the program, Legal Aid conducted thorough training with hospital care givers to effectively screen and identify patients with complicating legal issues and refer them to the Legal Aid attorney, Michael Russell, for assistance. Russell will work two days a week on-site at the hospital to personally meet with patients, and the balance of time working on cases with Legal Aid colleagues to utilize all Legal Aid’s resources to help resolve issues on patients’ behalf.     

“Legal Aid is focused on being available where and when low-income and vulnerable people need help with a legal issue,” said Melanie Shakarian, Esq., spokesperson for Legal Aid.  “Being embedded at St. Vincent Charity will help patients with legal issues related to housing, unsafe family dynamics, with environmental threats, or job and food insecurity.  These people need legal counsel, but without an attorney, health outcomes will be adversely affected.”

An estimated 40 percent of the nearly 4,000 patients – nearly 72 percent of which are low income - treated at St. Vincent Charity’s geriatric and adult psychiatric units are in need of immediate legal help to remove barriers that stand in the way of improved health.  In addition, nearly 60 percent of those patients are diagnosed with co-occurring substance abuse.

The Legal Service Corporation, based in Washington D.C., documents the vast majority of low-income individuals in the United States have 2 to 3 unmet civil legal needs that create barriers to healthy eating, healthy housing, employment and safety.  Studies of other MLP’s across the country demonstrate a reduction in the frequency of hospital admissions for those with chronic diseases, improved compliance by patients related to prescribed medications, decreased patient stress and reduced costs of health care services.

As part of St. Vincent’s MLP, $40,000 of the two-year grant is designated for research conducted by Cleveland State’s Center for Behavioral Health Sciences, to measure program and patient outcomes.

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About St. Vincent Charity Medical Center:

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is Cleveland’s faith-based, high-quality health care provider. Our distinguished doctors and caregivers are devoted to treating every patient with clinical excellence and compassionate care. St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is home to the renowned Spine and Orthopedic Institute and the Center for Bariatric Surgery. Owned by the Sisters of Charity Health System, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center provides Care Beyond Medicine. For more information, visit www.stvincentcharity.com. 

Media Contact: Rebecca Gallant, Office: 216.696.8408, Cell: 216.288.0239, rgallant@sistersofcharityhealth.org 

Sisters of Charity Health System statement on Graham-Cassidy Legislation on Health Care Reform

by Editor Thursday, September 21, 2017

Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Dean Heller (R-NV), and Ron Johnson (R-WI) recently introduced legislation— the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson legislation—to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The hope of these lawmakers is to hold yet another vote on repeal before October 1, so a simple majority (51 votes) is all that is needed to pass the measure. Unfortunately, the Graham-Cassidy proposal is more extreme than other recent Senate proposals, and would be particularly harmful to individuals and families impacted by chronic health conditions.

Among other issues, Graham-Cassidy will allow states to:

  • Opt out of important protections that exist to protect people with chronic conditions.
  • Waive the essential health benefits requirements, which includes preventative care and screening and mental health parity.
  • Authorize annual and lifetime coverage caps.
  • Eliminate limits on out-of-pocket expenses.

The Sisters of Charity Health System believes families and communities are stronger when everyone has access to quality, affordable health care. Like many in the health care provider community, we stand in opposition to this new “repeal and replace” legislation. Instead, we support bipartisan efforts to improve our health care system focusing on insurance market stabilization, affordability, and coverage access and expansion.

The Graham-Cassidy legislation would eliminate the ACA Medicaid expansion coverage, premium tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies after 2019 and replace them with a seven-year block grant to states. This new block grant is estimated to provide $95 billion less to states from 2020 to 2026 than under current law, after which the grants end. The loss of funding to states in 2027 alone is over $231 billion. The result will be unbearable cost shifting to patients, health providers and states, causing loss of coverage for tens of millions of individuals and families. States that have expanded Medicaid or have high Marketplace costs or enrollment will face the deepest cuts under the state block grant, as funding would no longer be tied to actual coverage costs or the number of individuals enrolled in coverage.

Among other provisions, we are opposed to the broad waiver authority given to states, which could undermine key consumer protections such as restrictions on premium variation; essential health benefit requirements; minimum medical loss ratios; caps on annual and lifetime out-of-pocket charges; and protections keeping those with pre-existing conditions from being charged higher premiums. We also are strongly opposed to this legislation’s complete restructuring and deep funding reductions—estimated to be $164 billion in cuts through 2027—to the traditional Medicaid program. Capping federal Medicaid funding, either with per capita caps or block grants, fundamentally undermines the health care safety net and our ability to serve beneficiaries. As several of our nation’s governors have stated, such proposals simply shift the cost burden onto local and state governments, individual beneficiaries and health providers. None of these could possibly make up for the huge loses in federal funding, in turn causing millions of vulnerable, low-income income individuals and families to lose coverage. Medicaid is already a lean program, with spending per beneficiary considerably lower than private insurance and growth in spending per beneficiary slower than private insurance. 

Medicaid is the foundation of our nation's safety net and provides necessary health care services to low-income children, pregnant women, individuals, seniors, disabled and medically complex individuals in our country. Medicaid provides essential support through a wide variety of services affecting a large segment of the population, including acute care, long-term care and home health, mental health, and substance abuse services, as well as neo-natal programs and maternity care. The program covers nearly 50 percent of all U.S. births and helps reduce unemployment and homelessness by stabilizing individuals’ health. Additionally, Medicaid provides states the ability to design the program to fit their state’s needs, enables innovation and also holds states financially accountable for their proportional share of the costs of the program.

While the ACA is not a perfect law, and should be improved where necessary, no attempt to do so should leave behind millions of people who have obtained meaningful, affordable insurance that was not possible before the ACA. Our health system stands ready to work with all members of Congress to improve the availability, affordability, coverage and quality of our health care system. But above all, we urge our Senators to keep in mind the many millions of vulnerable individuals and families who will be affected by such changes to our health care system.

Act Now to Protect Health Care: Tell Your Senators to Oppose the Graham-Cassidy Legislation on Healthcare Reform

St. Vincent Charity Offers Free Uber Transportation for Rosary Hall Addiction Patients

by Editor Monday, July 24, 2017

CLEVELAND, OHIO (JULY 24, 2017) – St. Vincent Charity Medical Center has launched a pilot program offering free Uber transportation for addiction patients participating in Rosary Hall’s Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). The program creates greater access to those seeking treatment for addiction, including opioid and alcohol, and increases a patient’s chances for success.

“We know one thing with certainty – Rosary Hall’s intensive treatment program works. However, it only works if patients are able to make every session and receive the support necessary to continue their journey toward recovery,” said Dr. Ted Parran, associate medical director of Rosary Hall. “For so many of our addiction patients, financial challenges and a means of reliable transportation present major obstacles, which often cause a patient to relapse or drop out of their recovery program.” 

St. Vincent Charity’s new pilot provides individualized transportation utilizing a proprietary HIPAA-compliant, digital platform developed by Circulation that connects Uber with patients and care providers to bring patients to IOP Treatment at Rosary Hall.

“Because of their addiction, whether from alcohol or opioids, many of our patients have lost their driver’s license, their car and even their job. Bus transportation alone to IOP appointments can mean up to $25 per week in bus fare and countless hours in transport time,” said Orlando Howard, Rosary Hall’s manager of outpatient treatment services. “This program removes that hurdle and gets our patients quickly to where they need to be, when they need to be there and at no cost to them.”

On average, 62 percent of patients successfully complete the five-month IOP at St. Vincent’s Rosary Hall.  Lack of access to affordable, reliable, convenient transportation is the most frequent reason cited during patient assessments for those who drop out of the program.

Since launching in mid-June, 11 patients have enrolled in the program and have scheduled 156 rides to St. Vincent Charity for patient assessments and treatment sessions. Patients participating in the program have maintained a 100 percent attendance rate for all assessment and treatment appointments. In the 30 days prior to launching the transportation program, Rosary Hall logged 76% client participation in IOP and 62% client participation in individual counseling sessions.

Providing greater access to mental health and addiction services was targeted as a top priority for St. Vincent Charity in its 2017 Community Benefit Plan. Recognizing the transportation challenges of addiction patients, particularly for those in IOP, St. Vincent Charity analyzed model programs across the country to identify a low-cost, convenient and less time-consuming mode of transportation for patients.  

IOP treatment, which frequently follows a 3 to 5 day in-patient detox, requires patients to attend four weekly, three hour sessions, in addition to individual counseling sessions, during the first five weeks.  After completing the IOP, patients then participate in the non-intensive program for 1.5 hours, one day per week for 8 to 12 weeks.

Rosary Hall is currently collaborating with three area sober living houses to provide transportation to their residents as part of the pilot program, including: the Julie Adams House; Lifehouse; and Back to Basics. 

With the opioid epidemic already claiming 666 lives in the first six months of the year, St. Vincent Charity plans to quickly expand the program to additional sober living houses once the pilot is complete. Additional revenue sources are being sought to support an expanded program.

Founded in 1952, Rosary Hall has been at the forefront of treating alcoholism and drug dependency for more than 64 years. Its founder, Sister Ignatia Gavin CSA, worked hand-in-hand with Dr. Robert Smith, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, to establish St. Vincent Charity as the first religious institution to recognize the rights of alcoholics to receive hospital treatment in Cleveland. Rosary Hall’s innovative efforts are fueled by decades of proven experience in treating more than 60,000 men and women, and by the compassionate care that is the hallmark of St. Vincent Charity.

 

About St. Vincent Charity Medical Center:

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is Cleveland’s faith-based, high-quality health care provider. Our distinguished doctors and caregivers are devoted to treating every patient with clinical excellence and compassionate care. St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is home to the renowned Spine and Orthopedic Institute and the Center for Bariatric Surgery. Owned by the Sisters of Charity Health System, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center provides Care Beyond Medicine. For more information, visit www.stvincentcharity.com. 

 

Media Contact: Rebecca Gallant, Office: 216.696.8408, Cell: 216.288.0239, rgallant@sistersofcharityhealth.org 

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center mourns passing of Congressman Ralph Regula

by Editor Friday, July 21, 2017

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center extends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Congressman Ralph Regula, who passed away July 19 at the age of 92. 

Congressman Regula represented residents of Stark County and Northeast Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives for 36 years before retiring in 2008 as the longest continuous serving congressman in Ohio history. He was a great champion for education, health care and more, playing a key role in starting the Northeastern Ohio Medical University and Stark State College, as well as helping create what is now the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the Ohio & Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor.

As we remember Congressman Regula, we celebrate his 36 low-profile, high-impact years of public service representing the people of his district and everyone in Ohio, as well as a life lived serving with compassion, dignity and collaboration. 

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center joins U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown in stand against ACA repeal bill

by Editor Sunday, June 25, 2017

On Sunday, June 25, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) hosted a press conference at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center to stand against the Senate’s draft bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The repeal bill eliminates Medicaid expansion and includes additional cuts to Medicaid, a vital tool in addressing the opioid addiction crisis in Ohio. 

The press conference, which was attended by WKYC-TV, The Plain Dealer and WKSU, featured testimony from Senator Brown, Sister Judith Ann Karam CSA, congregational leader of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, Dr. Ted Parran Jr., associate medical director of Rosary Hall and patient advocate Brittany Shartz, among others.  

“This issue is right at the core of who we are as a Catholic hospital and as a hospital right in the heart of the city. The reason St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is here is to provide health care to the people in this community, there is no greater need than providing access to care,” Sister Judith Ann Karam CSA said during the press conference. “There is no debate, health care is a basic right. It is directly related to the dignity of the human being. Who would have ever thought we would be in this position again today where we would have to fight for health care access for the people of the United States.”

[Read the Sisters of Charity Health System's statement on the proposed Better Care Reconciliation Act.]

More than 220,000 Ohioans with addiction or mental health disorders now have coverage under the Affordable Care Act. A repeal would kick those people off of their insurance, potentially disrupting treatment services for hundreds of thousands of Ohioans as they are fighting for their lives. 

Ohio spent nearly $1 billion dollars to fight the opioid epidemic last year alone, with 70 percent of this investment coming directly from Medicaid. The proposed Senate bill would end Medicaid expansion and replace it with just $2 billion to address the opioid crisis across the entire country over ten years. Experts have said that even a $45 billion investment won’t work. This money would be insufficient and therefore, useless if Ohio doesn’t have a Medicaid program to get people covered. 

“There have been tremendous strides toward adequate resources to address this epidemic such as the expansion of Medicaid and aspects of the Affordable Care Act,” Parran said. “It’s absolutely essential for those people with limited means, who are typically working people ineligible for Medicaid, to receive adequate care for their medical problems, behavioral health problems and most especially their addiction issues. That’s’ why it’s so essential to maintain this access and not to move backwards.” 

Rosary Hall is recognized across Ohio and nationally for its leadership and expertise in addressing the opioid addiction epidemic with a comprehensive, evidence-based approach that has far greater success rates than disparate treatment options for addiction. 

In a typical year, Rosary Hall serves approximately 2,000 individuals.  

One of those individuals is Brittany Shartz. Despite growing up in a typical middle-class family, Shartz began to struggle with mental illness and depression at the young age of 13. Even with strong support from her family, Shartz’s depression and mental health issues led to experimentation with drugs and self-medication. 

Upon moving out of her family’s home at the age of 18, she fell in the familiar cycle of getting sober, relapsing, getting sober and relapsing again. 

“I moved out and I worked but I could never afford health insurance. People are always going to pick what is most important to them, so I was always going to choose rent before health insurance,” Shartz says of that period of her life. “Next it was getting car insurance. Health insurance is typically the first thing people pick to get rid of when money gets tight.” 

It wasn’t until Shartz entered Rosary Hall for treatment for her addiction to opioids that she learned about Medicaid from St. Vincent Charity Medical Center staff and was able to receive health care coverage that would start her on a path to sobriety. 

“Every single part of my recovery revolves around Medicaid, except for my self-motivation,” Shartz said during the press conference. 

Today, Shartz is a mother and works as a detox coach at Rosary Hall. 

To learn more about Rosary Hall and St. Vincent Charity Medical Center’s vision for the future of treatment of opioid addiction, click here.   

St. Vincent Charity Physician First to Utilize Breakthrough Technology For Hip Replacement Surgery

by Editor Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Cleveland, Ohio (May 2, 2017) – St. Vincent Charity Medical Center’s Dr. Bernard Stulberg recently became the first orthopedic surgeon in the nation to utilize the newly released TSolution One active robotic system to perform total hip replacement surgery.  This revolutionary technology, which enables a surgeon-controlled robot to cut the bone to precise shape and position, is expected to increase the accuracy of hip implant placement and improve long-term outcomes for patients.

With the TSolution One Surgical System, the only active robotic system cleared by the FDA for total hip replacement, surgeons create an exact 3-D computer model of the patient’s hip anatomy prior to surgery.  After verifying the model, surgeons are able to develop a customized surgical plan, selecting the ideal implant size, fit and position for each individual patient.  Once finalized, the pre-operative plan is transferred to the robotic system, where under the surgeon’s direct control, the bone cavities and joint surface are machined and positioned to sub-millimeter and less than one degree accuracy. 

“This technology could be a game changer for orthopedic surgery,” Dr. Stulberg said.  “Advancing and combining previous surgical technologies with improved imaging capability allows surgeons to develop a patient-specific and unique surgical plan prior to surgery. The plan is then executed with the level of precision that only robotics can offer.  That means more accurate placement, less post-surgical pain, and diminished early post-operative complications such as bone fracture and implant dislocation”.

While robotic technology has existed for some time to assist with orthopedic surgery, the TSolution One, developed by THINK Surgical, Inc. in consultation with Dr. Stulberg, is the only one in place in which the robot prepares the cavity for surgery.  With it, Dr. Stulberg said, he is able to create the precise cavity needed to accommodate the implant, allowing for a gentler and safer seating of the implant.  Dr. Stulberg is also leading a clinical trial for use of the TSolution One for total knee replacement surgery.  

“This precise fit creates less opportunity for movement of the implant in bone, thus assuring more predictable attachment,” he said.  “The positioning accuracy enhances the ultimate stability and loads on the implants to allow for increased longevity of the device.”

Despite the excellent overall clinical results of total hip replacement surgery, studies show more than half of all hip replacement implants may not be optimally placed in patients. This leads to instability in the hip joint, excessive wear, increased pain, and a greater risk for bone fracture and loosening. Repetitive dislocation of a hip implant is the leading cause for the need of hip revision surgery. 

Dr. Stulberg has built a reputation within the medical community for his commitment to the safe introduction of new technologies to improve patient outcomes.  Last year, he worked with one of the premier manufacturers of joint restoration products, Exactech, to develop an intuitive, modular parts system for revision total knee replacement. The system can be coupled with computer-based tools to accurately determine the causes of failure of a total knee replacement and guide correction of those abnormalities.  Dr. Stulberg became the first in the nation to utilize this new technology for his patients.  

Prior to his partnership with THINK Surgical and TSolution One, Dr. Stulberg has been working to employ computer-based technologies for hip and knee replacements since the early 1990’s. With the TSolution One robotic approach, Dr. Stulberg will lead the development of a Center for Robotics in Orthopedics with innovative colleagues Dr. Louis Keppler and Dr. Audley Mackel. This team is part of the Spine and Orthopedic Institute at St Vincent Charity Medical Center. 

St. Vincent Charity is the only hospital in the Midwest currently certified to use this modern system.

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St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is Cleveland’s faith-based, high-quality healthcare provider. Our distinguished doctors and caregivers are devoted to treating every patient with clinical excellence and compassionate care. St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is home to the renowned Spine and Orthopedic Institute and the Center for Bariatric Surgery. Owned by the Sisters of Charity Health System, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center provides Care Beyond Medicine. For more information, visit www.stvincentcharity.com. 

THINK Surgical, Inc. is committed to the future of orthopedic surgery and to improving patient care through the development of leading-edge precision technology. THINK Surgical develops, manufactures, and markets the only active robotic surgical system for orthopedic surgery.

 

Press Contacts:

Wendy Hoke
Vice President, Marketing and Communications
St. Vincent Charity Medical Center
Office 216.363.7440
Mobile 216.905.1161
Wendy.Hoke@stvincentcharity.com

 

United Way of Greater Cleveland receives $4.51 million grant to implement social service assessment with four clinical partners, including SVC

by Editor Monday, April 10, 2017

 

Cleveland (April 7, 2017) United Way of Greater Cleveland received a $4.51 million grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to establish the CMS Accountable Health Communities (AHC) Model. Four clinical sites will adopt the model designed to connect patients with health-related resources – Cleveland Clinic for primary care and emergency health service, MetroHealth for primary care, emergency health and labor and delivery service, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center for behavioral health service and Care Alliance Health Center for primary care. United Way is one of only two organizations selected in the state of Ohio and one of 32 selected nationally.

 

“Currently, there’s a disconnect between healthcare and social services,” said United Way President and CEO August Napoli. “Creating an AHC in Greater Cleveland will allow our health system to build a bridge and holistically assess a patient’s wellbeing and refer them to proper health care and social service agencies to address basic needs such as housing instability and food insecurity.”

 

An AHC is a CMS model to address the health-related social needs of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries through assessment, referral and community navigation services, leading to improved care delivery, enhanced quality of care, reduction of the total cost of care and inpatient and outpatient health care utilization.

 

In this model, we will support community-based innovation to deliver local solutions that address a broader array of health-related needs of people across the country,” said CMS Deputy Administrator for Innovation & Quality Dr. Patrick Conway. “As a practicing pediatrician, I know the power of a model like this to help address the health and social support needs of beneficiaries and their families and caregivers.”


Over a five-year period, the $4.51 million grant will be used to embed United Way 2-1-1 community resource navigation specialists into seven Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and Care Alliance Health Center sites. The grant will create and support community partnerships for technology, workflow design, evaluation and planning. Additional dollars will be utilized for necessary equipment and supplies.  

 

Cleveland with a poverty rate of 36 percent, East Cleveland at 42 percent and Warrensville Heights at 19 percent have 209,000 residents who are Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries; these cities were selected as the AHC service areas.

 

Patients receiving health care at Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital; MetroHealth’s Main Campus, Broadway Health Center, Brooklyn Health Center and Thomas F. McCafferty Health Center; St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and Care Alliance Health Center’s Central Neighborhood Clinic will be screened for health-related social and basic needs such as housing instability and quality, food insecurity, utility needs, violence and transportation barriers. The screening will be followed by a community resource assessment and referral from United Way 2-1-1 community resource navigation specialists.   

 

“United Way 2-1-1 is a free and confidential 24/7 help center with a robust database with more than 4,000 organizations, providing nearly 25,000 local services in our area,” said United Way 2-1-1 Director Diane Gatto. “Our specialists will create a customized plan to address patients’ health-related social needs and then follow up to ensure the patient is able to implement the plan.”  

 

The AHC grant allows for United Way to organize an advisory committee comprised of partners, including clinical sites Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and Care Alliance Health Center, along with Better Health Partnership, CareSource, Case Western Reserve University’s Center for Reducing Health Disparities and Center on Urban Poverty, Cuyahoga County Board of Health, Hyland, Creator of OnBase and Ohio Department of Medicaid.

 

The grant also allows for a one-year planning and training period to finalize the intervention, organize and structure the advisory committee as well as hire and train staff. Starting in May 2018 through May 2020, the AHC will aim to serve 75,000 or more Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries per year.

 

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United Way of Greater Cleveland is committed to addressing the effects of poverty throughout our community. Through the work of our 128 funded programs and the generosity of our community, United Way strives to ensure families and individuals are healthy and financially stable; our children are well educated and on the road to reaching their greatest potential and even those carrying tremendous burdens are safe and provided with resources to become self sufficient. For more information, visit www.UnitedWayCleveland.org.

Dr. John Collis Named to “90 Spine Surgeon Device Inventors & Innovators to Know” list

by Editor Monday, October 21, 2013

Serves as co-medical director of the Spine and Orthopedic Institute

Chicago - Becker's Spine Review released a list of "90 Spinal Surgeon Device Inventors & Innovators to Know." This list compiles spine surgeons and specialists who developed innovative implant and devices to advance the field. Many members of this list hold multiple patents and continue to work toward improving their technology. More...

Sister Ignatia Gavin, CSA, Inducted Into the Ohio Addiction Professionals Hall of Fame

by Editor Friday, October 18, 2013

Sister Judith Ann Karam, CSA, accepts the honor on behalf of the congregation

Sister Ignatia Gavin, CSA, founder of Rosary Hall, was officially inducted into the Ohio Addiction Professionals Hall of Fame last Friday. Sister Judith Ann Karam, CSA, Congregational Leader, accepted the honor on behalf of the congregation. More...

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St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, Legal Aid Partner to Improve Health of Addiction, Psychiatric Patients

by Editor Monday, October 16, 2017

(OCTOBER 16, 2017) – St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland have launched a medical legal partnership (MLP), providing free, on-site services to resolve civil legal issues that impact the overall health of addiction and psychiatric patients. St. Vincent Charity’s MLP program is the first of its kind in Ohio to focus solely on the needs of those in treatment for behavioral health and addiction diseases.

“At St. Vincent Charity, we are committed to not only treating the current symptoms that bring patients into our hospital, but working to improve their long-term overall health and quality of life,” said Dr. David Perse, president and CEO of St. Vincent Charity.  “This MLP provides an integrated approach to address the legal barriers that negatively impact a person’s health so we can improve the well-being of those in our community.”

Through a two-year $260,000 grant from the Jones Day Foundation, a full-time Legal Aid attorney will partner with St. Vincent Charity clinicians, case workers, patient navigators and other care givers to both prevent and remedy the many health-harming factors that have their roots in legal problems. In the first year alone, it is estimated that the program will assist 175 patients and their family members through 75 legal cases.

“Due to lower incomes and the stigma attached to their disease, so many of our patients face health disparities that create an ongoing cycle of emergent health care needs and hospital stays. Our patients truly suffer from this downward social drift,” said Dr. Albana Dreshaj, medical director, St. Vincent Charity Psychiatric Emergency Department.  “Many don’t know there is help available in the community or where to go to find it. The MLP places an attorney right here in the hospital to work side by side with caregivers and social workers to help our patients break down these barriers.”

To implement the program, Legal Aid conducted thorough training with hospital care givers to effectively screen and identify patients with complicating legal issues and refer them to the Legal Aid attorney, Michael Russell, for assistance. Russell will work two days a week on-site at the hospital to personally meet with patients, and the balance of time working on cases with Legal Aid colleagues to utilize all Legal Aid’s resources to help resolve issues on patients’ behalf.     

“Legal Aid is focused on being available where and when low-income and vulnerable people need help with a legal issue,” said Melanie Shakarian, Esq., spokesperson for Legal Aid.  “Being embedded at St. Vincent Charity will help patients with legal issues related to housing, unsafe family dynamics, with environmental threats, or job and food insecurity.  These people need legal counsel, but without an attorney, health outcomes will be adversely affected.”

An estimated 40 percent of the nearly 4,000 patients – nearly 72 percent of which are low income - treated at St. Vincent Charity’s geriatric and adult psychiatric units are in need of immediate legal help to remove barriers that stand in the way of improved health.  In addition, nearly 60 percent of those patients are diagnosed with co-occurring substance abuse.

The Legal Service Corporation, based in Washington D.C., documents the vast majority of low-income individuals in the United States have 2 to 3 unmet civil legal needs that create barriers to healthy eating, healthy housing, employment and safety.  Studies of other MLP’s across the country demonstrate a reduction in the frequency of hospital admissions for those with chronic diseases, improved compliance by patients related to prescribed medications, decreased patient stress and reduced costs of health care services.

As part of St. Vincent’s MLP, $40,000 of the two-year grant is designated for research conducted by Cleveland State’s Center for Behavioral Health Sciences, to measure program and patient outcomes.

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About St. Vincent Charity Medical Center:

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is Cleveland’s faith-based, high-quality health care provider. Our distinguished doctors and caregivers are devoted to treating every patient with clinical excellence and compassionate care. St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is home to the renowned Spine and Orthopedic Institute and the Center for Bariatric Surgery. Owned by the Sisters of Charity Health System, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center provides Care Beyond Medicine. For more information, visit www.stvincentcharity.com. 

Media Contact: Rebecca Gallant, Office: 216.696.8408, Cell: 216.288.0239, rgallant@sistersofcharityhealth.org 

Congratulations to Shannon Fogarty Jerse,

by Editor Tuesday, November 05, 2013

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center General Counsel Shannon Fogarty Jerse has been named a finalist in the 2013 General and In-House Counsel honorees by Crain's Cleveland Business.

Shannon has served as General Counsel at St. Vincent Charity since 2009. The article states, "Ms. Jerse said she always had her eye on St. Vincent and that her goal was to work at the faith-based organization where she serves as general counsel. She said she enjoys the people she works with and the organization's rich tradition." 

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center Blog | St. Vincent Charity Medical Center to host Mass and open house celebrating 60 years of addiction treatment at Rosary Hall

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center to host Mass and open house celebrating 60 years of addiction treatment at Rosary Hall

by Editor Monday, October 01, 2012

Rosary Hall at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center concludes its 60th anniversary year with a special Mass and Open House on Tuesday, October 16. The public is invited to share in this special event.

The event begins with Mass at 2 p.m. in the Holy Trinity Chapel at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center.  Fr. Jim O’Donnell, cousin of Sister Ignatia Gavin, CSA, founder of Rosary Hall, will celebrate Mass. Immediately following Rosary Hall will host an open house with refreshments and an opportunity to meet staff and learn more about this legacy program of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine (CSA).

“For 60 years, Rosary Hall has provided treatment, support and hope for persons and families affected by addiction,” said David F. Perse, MD, president and CEO of St. Vincent Charity Medical Center. “We are proud of the great work being done to help individuals find freedom from addiction and invite the public to celebrate with us this historic program and its great work.”

Since its opening in 1952, Rosary Hall has welcomed more than 62,000 patients seeking addiction treatment through its doors. It was the first hospital-based treatment program designed to treat the disease of alcoholism. Sister Ignatia worked closely with Dr. Robert Smith, founder of Alcoholics Anonymous at St. Thomas Hospital in Akron and again at St. Vincent Charity, to establish the program.

Today Rosary Hall includes a 17-bed inpatient detoxification unit, intensive outpatient program, individualized counseling, after-care, family programs, case-managed transition into community and support networks and medication-assisted treatment. Annually it treats about 1,500 patients. Located in the heart of downtown Cleveland, Rosary Hall offers convenient access to care for those living and working in the city as well as its surrounding suburbs.

For more information, call 216-363-2580 or visit www.stvincentcharity.com