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St. Anthony’s Health Care Foundation Earns Top Honor

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St. Anthony’s Health Care Foundation Earns Top Honor

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (May 13, 2005) – St. Anthony’s Health Care Foundation earned top honors Thursday from the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce, winning Outstanding Business of the Year for 2005 in the Charitable/ Not for Profit category.

This prestigious award was based on community service, affiliations with community associations, efforts to collaborate with other non-profit agencies and putting resources to work effectively. The Foundation provided $5.5 million to the hospital last year to help support medical programs and hospital services.

Among the community services judged highly by the Chamber were:
· $10.3 million for Charity and Community Benefit in 2004 alone.
· Ongoing free and low-cost services, including: health screenings, educational programs, sponsorships and research.
· St. Anthony’s is one of the area’s largest employers, and based on federal economic indicators, added more than $73-million to the local economy in 2003 and provided more than 1,730 jobs to local residents.

St. Anthony’s also supports dozens of community associations, including: National Council of Negro Women, Inc., Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas, Community Action Stops Abuse (CASA), St. Petersburg Free Clinic, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Resurrection House, Congregation B’nai Israel, and St. Vincent de Paul Society, among others. Meanwhile, St. Anthony’s provides free meeting space for support and civic organizations, including: Alcoholic’s Anonymous, Alanon, Brain Tumor support group, Endometriosis support group, Foster Grandparents, Headache support group, Intervention Project for nurses, Myasthernia Gravis support group, Overeaters Anonymous, Stroke support group and Tremors support group.

Long active in community partnerships, St. Anthony’s has developed an innovative association with the federal government, earning support for its mission to improve the health of all we serve through community-owned health care services that set the standard for high quality, compassionate care.

In 2004 and 2005, the Foundation received grants totaling $4.5 million to support cancer treatment as well as cardiac and vascular care. Additionally, through the same collaboration, St. Anthony’s was instrumental in securing a $1-million grant from President Bush’s “Access to Recovery” initiative for mental health.

Penelope Welch, the Foundation’s acting executive director, said she is thrilled with the honor and credited the entire St. Anthony’s team for the victory.

“The Foundation was able to win this award because of St. Anthony’s outstanding team members who provide quality medical programs to all we serve,” she said. “We would never have won if not for our dedicated team members, committed to setting the standard for high-quality compassionate care.”

This is St. Anthony’s second top honor in two months. In March, St. Anthony’s was honored by the city of St. Petersburg as “Exemplary Corporate Citizen.”

Ford Kyes, St. Anthony’s president and CEO, accepted both awards on behalf of the entire team.

“This is what we do,” he said. “We don’t do it for any rewards. The reward is in the eyes of the people that we care for every day.”

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