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Summer Partnership a Success

Special to The Truth

Mercy Health participated in a first of its kind “Summer Kids Program’ in partnership with The Mareda Center and the Wayman-Palmer YMCA this summer to help reduce summer learning loss and promote health in the central city community surrounding Mercy Health – St. Vincent Medical Center.

This six-week program was the first time that three organizations came together for the benefit of the children living in the surrounding neighborhood.  The concept was created by Allisan Perz, director of The Mareda Center and Linda Bert, practice administrator for Mercy Health Physicians along with Eric Williams of the Wayman-Palmer YMCA.  This collaborative partnership formed as a result of shared visions on ways to help neighborhood children by creating a fun and meaningful summer experience.

Pat Ricard, practice manager for the internal medicine resident site and Renice Allen, practice manager for the pediatric resident site at Mercy Health led this six-week program in the Community Resource Room at the Mercy Health Franklin Avenue Medical Center.  As many as 20 children joined in twice weekly sessions to learn about combatting germs, safety in the kitchen, recycling, where food comes from, teamwork on an obstacle course, getting immunizations, and wound care. 

“It is our hope that by engaging the children and their families, that health care and family wellness will take on new significance in the lives of our neighborhood,” Bert said.  We want to help prevent health issues and to promote wellness in this community and we see this as a step to proactive care. “


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Revised: 08/16/18 22:36:41 -0700.

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