For the City Times
Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital in Stevens Point is pleased to announce the selection of the 95210 obesity prevention program of the Stevens Point Area YMCA and the Triple Play Program of the Portage County Boys & Girls Club as Community Improvement Partner Organizations.
As the result of this partnership, Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital will provide $6,600 in funding over the next year for the projects.
The 95210 obesity prevention program is program developed by the Virginia Department of Health. The campaign instructs “9-5-2-1-0 these are numbers you need to know.” The numbers are intended to make it easy to remember five daily habits to help children and families live healthier lives by getting 9 hours of sleep, 5 servings of fruits and veggies, 2 limited hours of screen time, and at least 1 hour of physical activity per day.
After an initial pilot project in Almond-Bancroft Elementary School, the Stevens Point Area YMCA would like to expand the 95210 obesity prevention program to other classes and school districts by purchasing three additional “95210” instructional kits.
In addition to the kits, Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital will sponsor eight families who would not otherwise be able to afford it, a free twelve-week exercise/wellness program. YMCA staff will interact with these families closely to promote activity and healthy eating habits.
Triple Play is an interactive program that demonstrates how eating right, keeping fit and forming positive relationships add up to a healthy lifestyle. With Ministry Saint Michael’s support, at least 200 young people will be able to take part in the Triple play program.
“Our Triple Play Program is one of our most popular programs among our Club Members and perhaps one of our most important in terms of encouraging young people to make healthy choices and be active. With this funding support, Ministry Saint Michael’s is helping us strengthen this program and serve more young people,” said Kevin Quevillon, Boys & Girls Club Executive Director.
Ministry Health Care organizations have a rich tradition of responding to community need. Some of the programs include: outreach to persons living in poverty or who for other reasons face challenges accessing healthcare, subsidized services needed by the community, prevention programs, and services or activities that are not specifically healthcare related but benefit the general well-being of the community.
“These programs offer a great way to reach many children and adults,” said Dennis Kaster, Director of Rehabilitation Services at Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital and member of the Ministry Health Care community health improvement project team. “They provide much needed support to area families and are very deserving to be selected as our community improvement projects.”
As part of its Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) process, Ministry facilities throughout the system have engaged community organizations and developed partnerships to respond to identified community health needs.
Obesity has been identified as a health priority through the Portage County LIFE assessment as a top priority for Portage County. Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital has also identified obesity prevention as a top health priority as well as oral and mental health.
Ascension (www.ascension.org) is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As the largest not-for-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, Ascension is committed to delivering person-centered care to all with special attention to those who are poor and vulnerable. In FY2014, Ascension provided $1.8 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. More than 150,000 associates and 35,000 affiliated providers serve in 1,900 sites of care – including 131 hospitals and more than 30 senior care facilities – in 23 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to healthcare delivery, Ascension subsidiaries provide a variety of services and solutions, including physician practice management, venture capital investing, treasury management, biomedical engineering, clinical care management, information services, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization.
About Ministry Health Care
Ministry Health Care is an integrated healthcare delivery network serving more than 1.1 million people across Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota. Ministry generates nearly $2.2 billion in annual operating revenue with 15 hospitals, 45 clinics, and more than 12,000 associates, including 650 physicians and advanced practice clinicians. In 2013, Ministry Health Care joined Ascension Health as the second healthcare ministry in Wisconsin. Ascension is the largest Catholic and not-for-profit healthcare system in the nation.
Ministry is ranked among the top 20 percent of healthcare systems in the country according to Truven Health Analytics, and five Ministry hospitals are ranked in the top-10 in the state in Medicare’s Hospital Value Based Purchasing (VBP) program. Ministry’s Network Health has again received 4 ½-star recognition by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for its Medicare Advantage plans.
About Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital
Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital offers comprehensive range of services including oncology and gastroenterology services. In 2013 the hospital celebrated its 100th anniversary. More than 300 credentialed providers on the hospital’s medical and allied health staff, along with 800 associates, serve patients on the campus it shares with Ministry Medical Group, a multi-specialty practice offering obstetrics, pediatrics, ophthalmology, and orthopedics to meet the health care needs of greater Portage County and the surrounding communities. Other services include Ministry Medical Group Occupational Medicine, Ministry Behavioral Health, Ministry Home Health and Ministry Dental Center.