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$2 Million Ministry and Mission Fund Supports Associate Development

$2 Million Ministry and Mission Fund Supports Seven Projects for Associate Development

The Board of the Ascension Ministry and Mission Fund has chosen the first seven projects to receive grants to support the development of associates in an evolving healthcare future. Among them is a grant for $900,000 to Ministry Health Care, the largest single award presented to an Ascension ministry this year.

In December 2014, Ascension President and Chief Executive Officer, Anthony R. Tersigni, EdD, FACHE, established the Ministry and Mission Fund to support the development of associates so they can flourish in the changing healthcare environment.

Now, the fund’s Board has selected the first round of projects to receive grants.

"When Tony and his wife, Flora, donated $1 million for education and development programs across Ascension, and pledged to match gifts from other senior leaders, they set in motion a process to support our associates as Ascension engages the changing world of healthcare," said Sr. Maureen McGuire, DC, executive vice president, Mission Integration. "With their generosity and that of senior leaders within our national health ministry, the fund reached more than $2 million."

The Mission and Ministry Fund supports programs to retrain and advance the careers of dedicated associates when acute care staffing needs change, through development of roles needed in new care models and settings; to develop the gifts of associates identified for the senior leadership roles in Mission Integration; and to create new models and related roles in Spiritual Care for those Ascension serves across the continuum.

"The fund’s Board is very pleased to have chosen to support several projects to prepare our committed and gifted associates for the new models that will advance our vision of person-centered care and the health of communities," added Sr. Maureen.

The projects selected and the amount they will receive in this initial round of funding:

  • Re-recruit and Retrain High Performers for New Care Models and Settings, Ministry Health Care, Wisconsin Ministry Market, $900,000. This project will involve assessing the current abilities of high-performing, Mission-aligned patient care staff and creating individualized training plans to support their transition to new roles as a result of shifting care patterns across the entire ministry.
  • New Models of Care for Population Health, Via Christi Health, Kansas, $300,000.
  • Train Pharmacy Techs as Medication Liaison, Michigan Ministry Market, $141,625.
  • Train Associates as Post-discharge Navigators, Michigan Ministry Market, $122,140.
  • Spiritual Care Roles in Ambulatory and Home Care Settings, Via Christi Health, Kansas, $60,000.
  • New Role in Spiritual Care Across the Continuum, Saint Agnes HealthCare, Baltimore, $50,000.
  • Coordinator Training for Stephen Ministry/Befriender Ministry, Gulf Coast Ministry Market, $12,000.

"We reviewed many promising and exciting proposals, but of the many projects submitted, the committee felt these represented a great mix of the types of initiatives the Ministry and Mission Fund was designed to support," said Herb Vallier, executive vice president and chief human resources officer. "We hope to use these first grants to demonstrate what can happen for our associates, in the case of retraining for new roles, and for our care models, including new ways to provide spiritual care in the continuum."

Each project will be developed and administered locally. As the projects unfold, the project coordinators have been asked to connect with others across Ascension who are engaged in similar efforts so they can share learnings with each other. The Ministry and Mission Fund Board will review the results of these projects to inform decisions about funding additional projects in the future.

Published November 2015

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