June 2022

Your Dollars at Work

Pet therapy dog, Casey, receives accolades

Therapy Dog International recently recognized Diane McFarland and her incredible therapy dog, Casey, with the organization’s highest achievement award for more than 500 healing visits to Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital!

For the past 12 years, Diane and Casey have helped to create patient smiles and reduce associate anxiety. Diane said, “Casey and I are so proud! This is not an easy accomplishment as pet therapy dogs retire, burn out or pass away before reaching such a milestone. Ascension St. Mary’s and its entire healthcare team have embraced Casey and I during our visits. Each time we finish a visit, I go home feeling good because I rescued and trained this little dog who has touched the lives of so many people and lifted spirits for those who needed him."

When patients are ill or injured, the associated stress can lead to anxiety, depression and decreased satisfaction with their care. Pet therapy dogs are specially trained to provide comfort and affection to patients, leading to improved outcomes.

Thank you, Diane and Casey for your incredible volunteer work!  You truly make a difference for patients, their families and our associates through your healing work.

You can help a young athlete perform at their very best

It’s spring and young athletes are training for warm-weather sports. Sports clinics are open and working to prepare our young and adolescent children athletes for success. Access to proper training, equipment and education is key to their safe development of physical confidence and skill.

Every athlete will experience bumps and bruises along their way. To support their orthopedic care (for athletes of all ages and abilities), a new Sports Medicine fund has been created at Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital.

If you would like to support an athlete in need through the Sports Medicine fund, please visit our secure website and allocate your gift to this fund. You can also contact Ascension St. Mary’s Foundation at (989) 907-8300.

A transportation grant is removing barriers for cancer patients in need of treatment

The American Cancer Society (ACS) has awarded Ascension Michigan a $15,000 grant to help alleviate the financial burden of transportation costs for cancer patients. The grant provides hundreds of patients with much needed transportation for their cancer treatment. 

At Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital, cancer patients who do not have reliable transportation experience significant barriers in their treatment that also affects their cancer outcomes.

The ACS grant is part of a $2 million national transportation investment provided to health systems across the country. In 2020, the transportation grant provided more than 71,000 rides, but a gap remains in many communities for cancer patients for whom transportation is a challenge.

Kathy Goss, PhD, Regional Vice President of Cancer Control at the American Cancer Society stated, “The newly awarded grant funding provides a boost of support to help address currently unmet needs in Ascension Michigan communities.” 

Thomas Klein, Vice President, Ascension Oncology Service Line commented that “The American Cancer Society grant, in support of transportation services for cancer patients throughout Ascension Michigan Cancer Centers, is consistent with our Mission to provide holistic care that sustains and improves the health of individuals and communities. Timely access to critically needed cancer treatment supports optimal outcomes and provides peace of mind for patients who experience transportation challenges.”

Transportation is the third most-commonly cited barrier to accessing health services for older adults. Every year, 3.6 million people in the United States do not obtain medical care due to transportation issues. The ACS grant is deeply appreciated and helps cancer patients in their time of need!

Give to provide a book to a child patient

There is an urgent need and a wonderful opportunity for you to put a smile on a child's face.

You know how scary it can be for your child to visit the doctor, especially when a shot is needed! Your gift of $2 provides a child with a book to help ease their stress while waiting for care.

Your gift today will be used to purchase a book for a child waiting in an Ascension St. Mary’s pediatric physician office. The book helps to distract them from the scary and intimidating waiting room environment.

You can make your secure online donation today by clicking here. Your $2 gift covers the cost of one book for a sick child (the book is theirs to keep and take home with them after their visit).

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