St. John Hospital & Medical Center Selected as Candidate for the LIVESTRONG® Community Impact Project
St. John Hospital & Medical Center: Detroit
Monday, March 12, 2012
Contact: Daniela Scholl, 586-753-0731.
Finalists will be determined by an online voting campaign; funds will better the lives of people affected by cancer.
Detroit, Mich. – St. John Hospital & Medical Center has been selected as a candidate for the LIVESTRONG® Community Impact Project, which was created to bring proven cancer support programs to communities across the United States. Finalists will be determined through an online voting campaign running until March 23, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. CST. To vote for St. John Hospital & Medical Center, visit http://vote.livestrong.org/vote2012/applicants/41-st-john-hospital-medical-center/.
St. John Hospital & Medical Center is among hundreds of organizations still in contention for the award. If selected, St. John Hospital & Medical Center will use the awarded funds to pursue advanced certification for its award-winning Palliative Care program. As a member of St. John Providence Health System, St. John Hospital is part of a system-wide, comprehensive palliative care program. St. John Providence was fortunate to be invited to collaborate with Duke University in a three-year partnership from 2006 to 2009, which resulted in solidifying leadership in palliative care among hospitals and health systems across the country. Today, palliative care is hardwired into every service across the health system. All SJPHS staff have been educated about palliative care so that wherever an individual enters the system they are evaluated for palliative care needs.
Applicants with the top votes per region will receive a financial award of support to replicate and implement a sustainable program dedicated to supporting families fighting cancer. Finalists will also receive tools and resources from the Lance Armstrong Foundation, the organization established in 1997 by the cancer survivor and champion cyclist to serve people living with cancer and empower communities to take action against the world’s leading cause of death. The foundation is now known publicly by its powerful brand – LIVESTRONG – and is a leader in the global movement on behalf of 28 million people around the world living with cancer today.
“We are thrilled and honored to be selected as a candidate for the Community Impact Project,” said Elizabeth DiStefano, BSN, RN, system coordinator, Palliative Care, St John Providence Health System. “We share LIVESTRONG’s passion for inspiring and empowering people affected by cancer and look forward to working together to make a difference in the lives of cancer survivors and their families.”
The 2012 Community Impact Project will offer nearly $1.4 million in implementation awards to 90 finalists. This represents the largest number of financial awards LIVESTRONG has granted in a single year in the history of the foundation. LIVESTRONG is committed to supporting community organizations in their efforts to help cancer survivors face the challenges and changes that come with cancer and has invested more than $70 million in community-centered organizations.
For more information about the LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project and to vote, visit http://vote.livestrong.org/. For more information about St. John Hospital & Medical Center’s palliative care program, visit http://stjohnprovidence.org/palliativecare.
About St. John Hospital & Medical Center
St. John Hospital & Medical Center, a regional destination hospital for leading-edge medical care and technology, is a member of St. John Providence Health System. SJPHS is one of the largest providers of inpatient care in Michigan.
About LIVESTRONG/Lance Armstrong Foundation
LIVESTRONG serves people affected by cancer and empowers them to take action against the world's leading cause of death. Created as the Lance Armstrong Foundation in 1997 by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong, the organization is now known publicly by its powerful brand -- LIVESTRONG -- and is a leader in the global movement on behalf of 28 million people around the world living with cancer today. Known for its iconic yellow wristband, LIVESTRONG has become a symbol of hope and inspiration to people affected by cancer around the world. Since its inception, the organization has raised $450 million for the fight against cancer. For more information, visit LIVESTRONG.org.