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Saint Xavier University wins Mercy Grant

Saint Xavier will use grant to create referral network for the uninsured

Chicago (April 20, 2007) – The Saint Xavier University Health Center will be better able to provide quality health care for uninsured patients thanks to a $20,000 grant from the Sisters of Mercy, Regional Community of Chicago. 

The grant will allow Saint Xavier to build a specialist referral network for uninsured clients through partnerships with outside health providers and agencies. 

“This effort will fill a service gap for the uninsured and enable the Health Center to provide best practice specialty care to more clients,” said SXU School of Nursing Dean Anne Bavier, Ph.D. “This further enhances our mission of service at Saint Xavier.”

Saint Xavier University Health Center, a nurse practitioner-managed primary care facility, accommodated 4,500 patient visits last year. More than 50 percent of the patients seen were community members from outside the University, a significant number either uninsured or underinsured. 

“This poses a challenge for us as providers when patients present with a health condition that requires further evaluation by a medical specialist or needs specialized diagnostic testing,” said Monica Ryan, assistant professor of nursing and director of the Health Center. “Establishing relationships with agencies or medical specialists in the community will support collaboration and facilitate the referral process. This outcome will enable patients to receive this much needed care and continue their follow-up at the Health Center.” 

The Sisters of Mercy grant comes through the Agatha O’Brien Ministry Fund, named in honor of Sister Agatha O’Brien (1822-1854), superior of the first Sisters of Mercy who arrived in Chicago in 1846. During the past 15 years, the Sisters of Mercy have awarded 250 grants to various ministries in which its sisters and associates bring Mercy to the world. The funds help local efforts to serve poor or suffering people, to support “innovative ministries” that respond to contemporary human needs, and to respond to the needs of women, children and multicultural communities. Grant recipients have included literacy programs, inner-city schools, family centers, prison ministry, housing development, retirement centers, leadership training, women’s shelters, spiritual counseling and more.

The Sisters of Mercy is a global congregation of Catholic women who value prayer, life in community and compassionate ministry. Sisters, associates, companions, and volunteers serve people who are poor, sick and uneducated, with a special concern for women and children. Since their founding in 1831, the Sisters of Mercy have used their deep knowledge and expertise to initiate systems for healthcare, education, housing, advocacy and social services around the world.


Contact Joe Moore

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