House of Mercy Homeless Center Recognized for Improving Community Health

Among five hospital-led programs nationwide honored by the American Hospital Association

Mercyhealth is pleased to announce the House of Mercy Homeless Center has been honored with the 2019 Dick Davidson NOVA Award by the American Hospital Association (AHA). This award recognizes hospitals and health systems for their collaborative efforts toward improving community health status, whether through health care, economic or social initiatives.

“We are so incredibly honored to be recognized by the American Hospital Association. It’s a privilege and an honor to have the House of Mercy Homeless Center awarded in this way,” said Javon R. Bea, President/CEO of Mercyhealth. “The amazing team at the Center is passionate about helping hundreds of women, children and families get back on their feet each year. Since opening in 1996, we have provided over 170,000 nights of shelter and helped more than 6,600 women, children and families. I am amazed and grateful at the amount of support the House of Mercy receives.”

“Hospitals and health systems are increasingly bringing care and resources directly to where patients are, including outside of traditional settings,” said Rick Pollack, President and CEO of AHA. “By developing effective partnerships with all sectors of the community, this year’s award winners are true leaders who are innovating new ways to address some of our most pressing health challenges.”

The House of Mercy provides short-term emergency shelter and engages community partners to help clients address the root causes of their homelessness and identify stable, long-term housing. Clients, who include both families and single women, receive case management support in securing child care, employment assistance, life skills training, transportation, and mental health and substance abuse treatment. The House of Mercy tracks recidivism rates, resident satisfaction and self-sufficiency scores. Under the newly launched Rapid Re-Housing program, participants are eligible for the full payment of first month’s rent and security deposit, plus subsidized rent for at least six months. Partners include Rock County Human Services, Rock County Job Center, Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program, Legal Action Wisconsin and local colleges and school districts.

Mercyhealth will be honored July 25 at a ceremony during the AHA’s Leadership Summit in San Diego. For more information about the House of Mercy, call (608) 754-0045.

About Mercyhealth: Mercyhealth is a multi-regional health system with more than 850 employed physician partners, seven hospitals and 85 primary and specialty care locations serving 55 northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin communities. Mercyhealth’s over 8,000 employee/partners care for more than 2.4 million patient visits each year. Mercyhealth offers four core service areas: hospital-based service; clinic-based services; home health, hospice and retail services; and a wholly owned insurance company. It provides over 125 specialties, including emergency/trauma care, prehospital services, a perinatal medicine in its 52-bed Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and heart, cancer and orthopedic care. As the top vertically integrated health care provider, it continuously works with a passion for making lives better for the people, families and communities it serves.

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