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Spring 2018 E-Newsletter

St. Francis Donates Hospital Beds to MESA

St. Francis Home recently donated 13 hospital beds to the Rotary International’s M.E.S.A. organization. The beds will be shipped to Honduras where they will be used in hospitals or other facilities that do not currently have beds.

According to Rotary’s M.E.S.A. website, Medical Equipment Supplies Abroad (M.E.S.A.) is an International Service Organization operated and largely supported by financial donations, volunteer efforts, and donated medical equipment and supplies provided by the Rotary Clubs of Northwest Ohio. M.E.S.A. – Medical Equipment and Supplies Abroad was formed in 1981 by the Rotary Clubs of Northwest Ohio District 6600. St. Francis Home in Tiffin is very happy to be donating to this very worthwhile organization through the Tiffin Rotary Club and District 6600.

 

 

St. Francis Home’s Assisted Living Receives a Perfect Survey from the Ohio Dept. of Health

St. Francis Home recently received notification from the Ohio Department Health certifying that St. Francis Home was deficiency-free in their Assisted Living Facility.

St. Francis Assisted Living offers 14 all private rooms for those needing daily assistance with personal care needs. Executive Director Sean Riley would like to thank and recognize the staff for their commitment and dedication in earning a deficiency free survey.  “St. Francis is fortunate to have so many capable individuals working as members of the team”.

At St. Francis Home we are continually focused on our mission statement – “We exist to create a community where each individual can live life fully.”

For more information on our Assisted Living facility or other care services we offer please contact us at 419-447-2723.

Superman’s Foundation Partners with St. Francis Home

 The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, a national non-profit dedicated to improving quality of life for individuals with paralysis, awarded St. Francis Senior Ministries – St. Francis Home, Inc. with a grant to purchase five electric beds.  These beds will be utilized for people with paralysis or partial paralysis.

The Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information, and advocacy.  This mission matches the mission of St. Francis Home, Inc. established in 1869, which exists to create a community where each individual can live life fully.   The Home is a 501(c)3 charity that assists patients regardless of their ability to pay. In an average year, 54%-70% of the patient population is unable to cover their full medical care costs due to being on low income Medicaid or Hospice programs which only cover a portion of the actual expenses.  The Home depends on grants and donations for facility improvements and equipment upgrades.

The Quality of Life grants support fellow nonprofits that mirror the Reeve Foundation’s mission and commitment to foster community engagement, enhance independence and promote self-determination. The program has awarded over 2,700 grants and has distributed over $20 million in grants since 1999 (www.ChristopherReeve.org).

Actor, director, and activist are some of the words used to describe Christopher Reeve. From his first acting experience at age 15, Christopher established a reputation as one of the country’s leading actors.  He went on to make many films, including Superman.  Per the Foundation website ever since he was paralyzed in a 1995 equestrian competition, “…Christopher not only put a human face on spinal cord injury, but he motivated neuroscientists around the world to conquer the most complex diseases of the brain and central nervous system”.  His wife, Dana, served as a model caregiver and eventually developed numerous resources for families to access. Christopher, and Dana, have both passed, however their good work for persons living with disabilities is ever ongoing through this Foundation and its partners.

In the last few years, St. Francis Home has worked to try to replace all manual hand crank beds in the 132 room facility with new electric beds with remotes that allow patients self independence, confidence, and improved quality of life.  “We are so appreciative to the national Reeve Foundation and many local funds including the Meshech Frost Fund, National Machinery Foundation, Betty Jane Memorial Fund of the Tiffin Community Foundation, and many private donors, “states Ann Keefe, St. Francis Community Grant Writer, “It is really awesome to see so many working together to help meet the basic needs of local people”.

After these donations, there are now just 33 beds left to replace in 2017 (at nearly $2,000 per bed); if you are able to contribute, please contact the Mission Advancement Office at 419-447-0435 ext. 153. Donations are tax deductible as allowed by IRS law.

For more information on opportunities to partner with St. Francis Community, please visit the website at www.sfctiffin.org.   For more information on the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, please visit www.ChristopherReeve.org .

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