Medical College recognizes faith-based organizations
The Medical College of Wisconsin has awarded funding to three faith-based, grass-roots organizations in the Milwaukee area to help them further their long-standing collaborations with the Medical College in the community.
The winners include: Word of Hope Ministries, SET Ministry, and Interfaith Senior Programs. “The Medical College is committed to creating a healthier Wisconsin through community partnerships and collaborations,” said John R. Raymond, Sr., president and CEO of the Medical College. “With these annual awards, we want to acknowledge those groups that have a history of utilizing creative strategies and grass-roots efforts to provide quality care in southeastern Wisconsin.”
The President’s Community Impact Award is a new program created to recognize community partners who share the Medical College’s commitment toward health improvement. The program is funded by the Office of the President of the Medical College.
“These programs have been successful not only in leveraging community resources to help others, but also by providing the tools to help people help themselves. This puts families on a path to better health,” said Dr. Joseph Kerschner, interim dean and executive vice president of the Medical College.”
Wisconsin Ronald McDonald House wins award
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Wisconsin and its Art Therapy Program was recognized with an RMHC Best Bet Award and a $5,000 grant by Ronald McDonald House Charities, Inc. during the organization’s bi-annual Best Bets Gala. The RMHC Best Bet Awards recognize successful and innovative efforts by local Ronald McDonald House Charities Chapters.
This year, RMHC awarded over $70,000 in grants to Chapters that have achieved exceptional results in their local communities. RMHC of Eastern Wisconsin was one of nine Chapters recognized.
“The RMHC Best Bet Awards are an outstanding opportunity to recognize and promote best practices within the RMHC system,” said Marty Coyne, president and CEO of RMHC. “We are so proud of the work at local Chapters like RMHC of Eastern Wisconsin. Their Art Therapy Program – created in a unique partnership with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin – exemplifies the Charity’s focus on innovative, sustainable program development that enhances the mission, reach, and impact of RMHC. Quite simply, this program delivers a positive impact on not only our children’s health and well being but the entire family as well.”
At the Ronald McDonald House of Eastern Wisconsin, a certified art therapist, staffed in partnership with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, uses the creative process to guide families towards a place of healing, reconciliation and hope in an art room dedicated to helping families examine and cope with the intense feelings surrounding a child’s illness or accident.
“It’s the network of more than 297 RMHC Chapters and their ability to innovate at the local level, that truly demonstrates this worldwide organization’s ability to provide stability and resources to families during a critical time in their lives when they need to rely on others to help them find strength,” said Coyne. “The Art Therapy Program – Listening to the Language of Art is a point of pride within the RMHC system.”