Focus on Health
How Well Do You Know Deaconess?
Since 2012, the Deaconess Foundation has provided nearly $13 million in funding and grants to organizations that focus on providing measurable improvements in individual health outcomes.
The Foundation efforts are facilitated by donors, partner organizations, and a team including Diane Decker, Director of Development; Terri Huntington, Program Manager Heimlich Heroes; Tony Woods, Foundation Chair; and the Foundation Advisory Council, comprised of Vivienne Bechtold, Dana
Glasgo, Gus McPhie and Rodger Reed.
The Council brings much wisdom and heart to the table as they seek to identify local health inequities based on the Foundation’s funding priority: To provide healthcare services and education to the underserved.
A highlight of the Foundation’s work is providing funding for eighteen Deaconess Health Checks throughout Greater Cincinnati, at locations which include Middletown, Fairfield, and Cincinnati Public schools, homeless shelters, and social service agencies. Deaconess Health Check clinics provide much-needed primary care and/or vision, dental, behavioral health and pharmaceutical services to those who might otherwise go without care.
A Focus on Education
Another important focus of the Foundation is to provide nursing and allied health scholarships. In recognition of the Deaconess School of Nursing, the first nursing school in Cincinnati, the Foundation has awarded over $275,000 since 2014 to students who are making an impact in the healthcare field. Many of the awardees choose to work with the
underserved, and their careers ultimately benefit patient care and the health and well-being of the entire community.
Did you know Dr. Henry Heimlich was affiliated with Deaconess Hospital? Because of that collaboration and the great need for training in his well-known Heimlich Maneuver®, the Foundation funds Heimlich Heroes™ – a national level life-saving training program which provides lesson materials and life-sized dolls to schools and clubs, so kids can learn
to recognize and respond to a choking emergency. More than 180,000 children across the nation have been trained since 2013. And, lives are being saved!
With nearly 72,000 individuals benefitting from Foundation programs in 2018 alone, Deaconess Foundation is making a significant impact on the overall health outcomes of Greater Cincinnati. Watch for an even greater impact in the years to come.