Out in the Community
St. Clair expands its reach in the community by partnering with several nonprofit organizations and charitable programs to promote healthy lifestyles within the community. An overview of some of our community partners and their involvement with St. Clair follows.
Brookline Three For ONE
St. Clair Hospital continued its long tradition of community outreach when it recently partnered with Brookline-based Community Three For ONE to provide free health screenings and health-related education to residents of Brookline. Screenings included bone density; head and neck exams for cancer; blood pressure; respiratory; glucose and cholesterol; stroke; and more. In addition to taking advantage of the screenings, attendees spoke with health educators on oncology; psychiatry and mental health; diabetes; baby/child care and safety; exercise; nutrition; and accessing free transportation to St. Clair and its outpatient centers. The Hospital partnered with Casa San Jose to provide translation services to Hispanic residents who attended the event. Brookline-based Casa San Jose is a community resource center that links Latino families in need with various service providers.
South Hills Interfaith Ministries
South Hills Interfaith Ministries (SHIM) is a non-profit social service agency, meeting the emergency needs of individuals and families struggling to make ends meet in the South Hills. The Hospital hosts a Wellness Day at SHIM in the spring to promote healthful lifestyles among SHIM’s clients. St. Clair clinicians performed free health screenings, including glucose, cholesterol, body mass index and blood pressure. Doctors attended the Wellness Day to educate families and distribute important health care information.
Through monetary donations, St. Clair is helping to provide food, clothing and assistance with utility bills, all the while providing support for the individuals and families to attain long term self-sufficiency.
St. Clair partnered with SHIM on a Twitter campaign called #Tweet2Help, which provided holiday meals for needy residents in the area. In addition, the campaign generated awareness and informed residents about the reality of suburban poverty. For every retweet of the original St. Clair #Tweet2Help message from the @StClairHospital Twitter account, the Hospital donated 50 cents to SHIM, up to $1000. The Hospital pledged that if the goal was met within 48 hours, it would donate an additional $500. Thanks to retweets from some high-profile Twitter aficionados, the goal was met within the time period.
Boys & Girls Club
The Carnegie Boys & Girls Club (formerly the Chartiers Valley Boys & Girls Club) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting health, social education, vocational and character development for boys and girls ages 6 through 18. St. Clair is promoting after school programs, such as the Homework Power Hour, NFL Play 60 Challenge, and Dapper Dan Charities, which help to provide every child with the essential tools needed for a successful and bright future. Having taught skills, values and self-esteem to youth since 1931, the Boys & Girls Club is committed to adapting its programs and services to meet the needs of the children and families it serves.
St. Clair is a participant in the club's annual Holiday party. Representatives from the Hospital help host the party and donat refreshments. In line with the Club’s initiative to keep children physically active, the Hospital donated a PlayStation 3, equipped with a PlayStation Move.
The Hospital also teamed with the National Aviary to sponsor a meet and greet with Simon, a penguin native to South Africa. An aviary employee accompanied the penguin to the club, providing an educational and fun-filled presentation for the kids.
Focus on Renewal
Focus on Renewal (FOR) is a non-profit organization that has been a beacon of hope in the Sto-Rox community for more than 40 years. It has established itself as a refuge for health care, parenting classes, daycare and comprehensive family services for the senior population and young children and infants. St. Clair Hospital identified a need at the organization's health clinic for new patient exam tables and donated the tables, along with additional furniture, to the facility.
The old exam tables, in turn, were donated to another community partner of the Hospital, Global Links, which provides clinical supplies to Third World countries.