Grand Island, Neb. — The CHI Health St. Francis Foundation has announced the distribution of $788,965 in funds toward health care programs and services in the Grand Island community. The announcement took place during the Foundation’s annual trustee luncheon at St. Francis on Aug. 9.
One of the major Foundation funding projects this year included distributing $56,460 to first-responders in Hall, Hamilton, Howard, Merrick and Greeley Counties from the Ticket to Win campaign.
Another project funded by the Foundation with a focus on safety in the hospital included scholarships to help two-year nurses obtain their bachelors or masters degrees. This will assist St. Francis in reaching its goal of becoming a magnet hospital, meaning 80 percent of its nurses would have four-year degrees by 2020.
A project funded by the Foundation with a focus on health and safety in the community includes Child Safety. The Child Safety program provides car seats and teaches household and summer safety.
Ongoing Foundation projects include Project Care and the Student Wellness Center. Project Care is a program that supports patients and families with secondary expenses related to hospitalization or health care emergencies. The Student Wellness Center helps provide health treatment for students at Grand Island Senior High and Walnut Middle School.
Other major grant projects funded by the Foundation this year include providing community health workers to help underserved patients and assist with the Clinical Integrated Network between the hospital and the Third City Community Clinic. The St. Francis Foundation also funds a behavioral health grant to improve access to mental health support programs in the community.
About CHI Health St. Francis
CHI Health St. Francis is a non-profit faith-based hospital serving Central Nebraska with state-of-the-art healthcare services. The St. Francis tower has 159 acute-care patient rooms, including the Family Birthing Center, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Intensive Care Unit and a 10-bed inpatient rehabilitation unit. St. Francis also operates a Cancer Treatment Center in Grand Island and Hastings, a Skilled Care Unit and an Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center.
About CHI Health
CHI Health is a regional health network with a unified mission: nurturing the healing ministry of the Church while creating healthier communities. Headquartered in Omaha, the combined organization consists of 15 hospitals, two stand-alone behavioral health facilities and more than 150 employed physician practice locations in Nebraska and southwestern Iowa. More than 14,000 employees comprise the workforce of this network that includes 2,820 licensed beds and serves as the primary teaching partner of Creighton University’s health sciences schools. In fiscal year 2015, the organization provided a combined $172.1 million in quantified community benefit including services for the poor, free clinics, education and research. With locations stretching from Kearney, Nebraska, to Missouri Valley, Iowa, the health network is the largest in Nebraska and serves residents of Nebraska, southwest Iowa and northern Kansas. For more information, visit online at CHIhealth.com and CHINebraska.org.
About Catholic Health Initiatives
St. Francis is part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national nonprofit health system based in Englewood, Colorado. The faith-based system operates in 18 states and includes 103 hospitals, as well as long-term care, assisted- and residential living communities; community health services organizations; home health agencies and outpatient facilities and services. In fiscal year 2016, CHI provided more than $1.1 billion in financial assistance and community benefit. CHI generated operating revenues of $15.9 billion and has total assets of approximately $22.7 billion.