St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor commits $250,000 annually to Washtenaw Coordinated Funders collaboration

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – (Jan. 14, 2016) – St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor has pledged $250,000 annually to the Washtenaw Coordinated Funders collaboration to support health and human service agencies that serve Washtenaw County.

"We are so pleased to support the good work that is being done here in Washtenaw County," said Dave Brooks, president, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and Livingston hospitals. "This unique collaboration model has created a coordinated approach to streamline funding and maximize the ability of local organizations to improve people's lives in this community."

The Washtenaw Coordinated Funders are a collaboration of six local funders, including the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, the City of Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, the Washtenaw Urban County, the RNR Foundation, and the United Way of Washtenaw County.   St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor now becomes the seventh funder to join this collaborative.

A unique private-public partnership, the funding partners work closely with health and human service agencies across Washtenaw County to understand the community’s greatest needs, establish shared goals and measure outcomes across five priority areas: Aging, Housing and Homelessness, Safety-Net Health and Nutrition, and Cradle to Career including both Early Childhood and School-Age Youth.

"The addition of St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor to the Coordinated Funding collaboration is a game-changer," said Neel Hajra, president and CEO, Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation. "It takes an innovative and successful model to a new level, and we're all excited to do even more to help the most vulnerable residents in our community."

The Washtenaw Coordinated Funders are currently in the process of reviewing grants for an estimated $4.5 million in funding available through the organization. Past recipients have included Avalon Housing, Corner Health Center, Faith in Action, Interfaith Hospitality Network of Washtenaw County, Milan Seniors for Healthy Living, Packard Health clinic and Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels.

“St. Joe’s is an important community organization joining the Washtenaw Coordinated Funders that will not only increase funds available to nonprofit agencies but deepen the expertise, evaluation and technology resources that will enrich and strengthen the safety net of human services," said Pam Smith, president and CEO of the United Way of Washtenaw County.

As a faith-based health system committed to the health of the community, supporting the Washtenaw Coordinated Funders is one of the best ways to affect the root causes that contribute to one's health, according to Michael Miller, regional chief mission officer, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System.

"At St. Joe's, we want to invest in improving the underlying social determinants of health such as housing and food access that can negatively impact chronic disease and other health issues."

Since 2011, the Washtenaw Coordinated Funders have jointly awarded more than $24 million to strengthen the safety-net in Washtenaw County.  "St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor already adds so much to our community.This investment in safety net services to benefit the most vulnerable members of our community is another example of their unwavering commitment to the community.” 

About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System

Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a health care organization serving seven counties in southeast Michigan including Livingston, Washtenaw, Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Jackson, and Lenawee. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy Livonia, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, and 133-bed St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea.  Combined, the five hospitals are licensed for 1,553 beds, have five outpatient health centers, six urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 13,400 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 2,700 physicians.   SJMHS has annual operating revenues of about $1.9 billion and returns about $120 million to its communities annually through charity care and community benefit programs.

SJMHS is a member of Trinity Health, the third largest Catholic health care system in the country. Based in Livonia, Mich., Trinity Health operates in 21 states, employs about 95,000 people, has annual operating revenues of about $15.8 billion and assets of about $20.4 billion. Additionally, the organization returns almost $1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs.For more information on health services offered at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, please visit www.stjoeshealth.org.