Illinois Health & Hospital Association and Kane County Health Department
Award Five Presence Health Hospitals Receive $40,000 in Grants for Sodium Reduction Programs
(Chicago, IL)- The Illinois Health & Hospital Association (IHHA) and Kane County Health Department have awarded five Presence Health hospitals a combined $40,000 in grants to implement sodium reduction strategies on behalf of the patients, staff and the communities the hospitals serve. The five grant-awarded hospitals include Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth (Chicago), Presence Saint Joseph (Elgin), Presence Mercy Medical Center (Aurora), Presence United Samaritans Medical Center (Danville) and Presence Covenant Medical Center (Champaign).
Supported by the grant funding, the hospitals will have teams of medical staff, food service staff, administrators and community partners reviewing the current hospital food environment and how it can more effectively benefit the community, Presence Health hospital associates, health and wellness.
The take-a-ways from the reviews will include a comprehensive food policy addressing purchasing decisions and impact healthy food choices and public awareness for cafeterias and vending machines; nutrition standards; patient meals; physical wellness strategies and programs; and Community health and education efforts about nutrition.
Illinois Health and Hospital Association, Director Membership & Education, Abby Radcliffe said about the grants, “This partnership between the Illinois Health and Hospital Association and three Presence Health hospitals displays a motivation toward tackling heart disease and stroke, starting with a reduction in sodium for some of our most vulnerable residents.”
“Through our efforts supported by the generous grants, we can change the hospital food environment and the broad positive impact it has on our communities,” said Presence Health Chief Officer Mission & External Affairs Dougal Hewitt. “Presence Health hospitals serve between several hundred thousand to one million meals every year to associates, patients and visitors. We think that each of these meals represents an opportunity to promote a healthy food choice and reduce sodium consumption.”
Best practices learned from these efforts will be collected and distributed statewide so all Illinois hospitals benefit from the grant supported effort.
*Funding for this program was made possible by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Preventive Health and Services Block Grant from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).
About Presence Health
Presence Health is the largest Catholic health system based in Illinois. With over 150 sites of care, including 12 hospitals, 20,000 employees, 4,000 medical professionals Presence Health has a revenue base of $2.5 billion.