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CLEVELAND FOUNDATION AWARDS GRANT TO HOSPITALS' PARISH NURSE PROGRAM; PROVIDES IMPROVED HEALTH CARE ACCESS TO PARISHONERS

 CLEVELAND, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Fairview General Hospital and Lutheran Medical Center, the anchor hospitals of the Health Cleveland System, have received a $141,202 grant from The Cleveland Foundation to expand the hospitals' community-based Parish Nurse Program into the community.
 The two-year grant will allow the interdenominational Parish Nurse Program to further broaden its efforts to provide parishoners of West Side churches with improved access to health care assistance and information for a wide range of physical, mental and emotional and spiritual needs.
 The Parish Nurse Program is currently operating in 10 West Side congregations. "The parish nurse is a source of information, social services and human contact who addresses physical health concerns, based on the particular needs of each congregation and its members," said Marilyn Gesing, R.N., director of Health Cleveland's Senior Circle and Parish Nurse programs. Parish nurse activities include personal and telephone contacts, volunteer organization, home visits for shut-ins, and on-site wellness screenings and educational programs focusing on preventive medicine for healthy parishoners.
 "These activities assist the members, particularly elderly and poor individuals, to receive the needed information, health care and human services that will improve the quality of their lives," said Gesing.
 The Health Cleveland System fully funds a parish's first year of participation in the program, and continues to subsidize a portion of the cost in subsequent years. After the first year, the parish is responsible for an increasing percentage of its nurse's salary. However, community support can provide additional help to fund the program for churches that need financial aid. Funds provided through The Cleveland Foundation will allow Health Cleveland to expand the program into new congregations.
 The 10 congregations in the program are: Clague Road United Church of Christ, North Olmsted; Messiah Lutheran, Fairview Park; St. Barnabas Episcopal, Bay Village; Pilgrim Lutheran and First United Church of Christ, Lakewood; Concordia Lutheran, Independence; and St. Rocco's Catholic, People's Hope United Methodist, Our Lady of Angels Catholic, Bosworth Presbyterian and Trinity Lutheran churches, all in Cleveland.
 The Cleveland Foundation was founded in 1914 as the nation's pioneer community trust. It has been one of Greater Cleveland's greatest resources, supporting non-profits and government agencies to address community needs and enhance the quality of life. Last year it authorized more than $30 million in grants and program-related investments.
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 /CONTACT: Gary Weiland or Lori Sievers of Health Cleveland, 216-476-7183/


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