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St. Joseph’s Hospital Awards Over $227,000 in grants to Stockton programs.

St. Joseph’s Medical Center (SJMC) & St. Joseph’s Behavioral Health Center recently awarded over $227,000 to fund important community programs.  The “Community Grants Awards Luncheon” was held January 19th and provided a special time to reinforce St. Joseph’s long and strong commitment to the Stockton area community.

St. Joseph’s Community Grants Program supports community-based organizations that provide services in communities of concern. The program supports organizations attempting to address the underlying causes of illness such as lack of access to primary and preventive care, obesity/diabetes, access to housing, oral health, substance use and mental health, as well as violence and injury.

Sister Abby Newton, OP, Service Area Vice President Mission Integration at St. Joseph’s hospital, commented, “The 2017-18 grant recipients and projects represent a variety of services that have be needed in our community for some time.  We are grateful to support such worthwhile programs.”  Steve Morales, Chairman of the SJMC Community Transitional Council, presented checks to the organizations.  Others from SJMC included:  Constance Smith, Council Member; Tammy Shaff, Director of Community Health;  Natalie Pettis, Director, Internal Communications; and other hospital staff members.  Each program partner group was represented at the event as well.

Recuperative Care Program

Program partners: Gospel Center Rescue Mission, in partnership with Community Medical Centers (CMC)/Gleason House Clinic, Hospice of San Joaquin, & Quail Lake Baptist Church

This program targets men and woman who are ready to be discharged from a community hospital, but have no home to go to and no trusted family member or friend to care for them during their post-hospital stage of recovery. Once the patient transitions from the hospital to the recuperative care program, they will be provided the same level of post-hospital recovery care through the program that a close family member or friend might provide in their home.

Behavioral Health Navigator (Peer Counselor)

Program partners: Community Medical Centers (CMC), in partnership with San Joaquin County Behavioral Health Services and Sacramento Self Help Housing

CMC will provide a Behavioral Health Navigator (Peer Counselor) with behavioral health expertise to help establish a link between the patient, their family and their care team.  They will provide support and encouragement to patients struggling with substance abuse and/or mental illness, will make referrals, ensure patients attend follow up appointments, and connect them to ongoing support services.

Respite House

Program partners: Sacramento Self Help Housing, in partnership with Catholic Charites of Stockton, & Community Medical Centers (CMC)

Respite House is designed to assist Hospital and Behavioral Health Center patients who are otherwise ready for discharge but are homeless or have no safe housing to be discharged to. Once the patient is connected with Respite House he or she will have a safe place of respite shelter at a residential home with case management for 30 days after being discharged, placing patients back into a safe environment, and decreasing the likelihood of the need to return back to the Hospital/Behavior Health Center.

For more information regarding St. Joseph’s Medical Center & St. Joseph’s Behavioral Health Center, visit:  Stjosephsscares.org.

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