St. Vincent’s Creates New Housing Outreach Program for Senior Citizens
Jacksonville, FL - St. Vincent’s HealthCare, part of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system, has created a new program for senior citizens through its Mobile Health Outreach Ministry. The new program is made possible through a grant from The Jim Moran Foundation and provides free healthcare education and screenings to approximately 260 seniors in their own neighborhoods.
As part of the program, which began in July, St. Vincent’s mobile units visit two senior HUD housing projects twice monthly, San Jose Manor and Hurley Manor. On both dates, clinicians provide basic checkups and screenings. On one of those days, there are also health education and wellness seminars.
“This program is a wonderful extension of our already robust Mobile Health Outreach Ministry, which offers critically needed care to our neighbors who need it the most,” said Stella Mouzon, Mobile Health Outreach Ministry Manager. “Our goal is to help keep these seniors healthy so they can remain independent longer and continue to live life to the fullest.”
Funding for this new program comes from a two-year grant from The Jim Moran Foundation totaling nearly $150,000.
“Receiving this prestigious grant is important because it has opened the door for vulnerable, low-income senior citizens in our community to receive quality healthcare that will make them happier and healthier,” said Jane R. Lanier, CFRE, President of the St. Vincent’s Foundation. The St. Vincent’s Mobile Health Outreach Ministry began in 1991 and provides fully-staffed doctors-offices-on-wheels to areas in Northeast Florida which need acute and preventive services the most. In addition to this new senior outreach program, mobile health units also visit: • People who work in the agricultural fields of Putnam and St. Johns counties, including migrant workers and their children • The working poor, the homeless and their families in urban neighborhoods of Duval, Clay and Nassau counties • Children and teens at 23 middle and high schools throughout Duval County To learn more about the St. Vincent’s Mobile Health Outreach Ministry, visit www.jaxhealth.com/MobileHealth.
About St. Vincent’s HealthCare
St. Vincent’s HealthCare includes: St. Vincent’s Riverside, St. Vincent’s Southside, St. Vincent’s Clay County, St. Catherine Labouré Manor, St. Vincent’s Primary Care, Consolidated Laboratories, St. Vincent’s Ambulance Service and Seton Pharmacies. St. Vincent’s Medical Center was founded by the Daughters of Charity in 1916 to provide health services to the sick and the poor of North Florida. St. Luke’s Hospital, now St. Vincent’s Southside, was founded in 1873 by three women who saw the need for medical care in the community. It stands as Florida’s oldest private hospital. St. Vincent’s HealthCare is a member of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system, with approximately 160,000 associates serving in 2,500 sites of care, including 141 hospitals.
Ascension (www.ascension.org) is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. In FY2015, Ascension provided nearly $2 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. Approximately 160,000 associates and 36,000 aligned providers serve in 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 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, investment management, biomedical engineering, clinical care management, information services, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization.
About The Jim Moran Foundation
Founded by automotive pioneer Jim Moran, the mission of The Jim Moran Foundation is to improve the quality of life for the youth and families of Florida through the support of innovative programs and opportunities that meet the ever-changing needs of the community. The Foundation has invested more than $65 million in education, elder care, family strengthening, and youth transitional living initiatives since its inception in 2000 with efforts currently focused in Broward, Palm Beach and Duval counties. Through a long-term Grant Agreement, The Foundation's significant funders are JM Family Enterprises, Inc., and its subsidiaries, including Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC. To learn more, visit www.jimmoranfoundation.org or call (954) 429-2122.