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Tanager Place Achieves National Accreditation from the New York-Based Council on Accreditation

The MedQuarter | August 2nd, 2021

Tanager Place has achieved national accreditation from the New York-based Council on Accreditation (COA). The four-year accreditation distinguishes Tanager Place as a licensed organization that implements international best practices in the field of human services.

COA accreditation is an objective, independent, and reliable validation of an agency’s performance and assures that Tanager Place’s services are well-coordinated, culturally competent, evidence-based, outcomes-oriented and are provided by a skilled and supported workforce. To achieve COA accreditation, Tanager Place first provided written evidence of compliance with the COA standards.  Thereafter, a group of specially trained Peer Reviewers confirmed adherence to these standards during a series of on-site interviews with trustees, staff and clients. COA evaluated all aspects of Tanager Place’s programs, services, management, and administration.

“This accreditation speaks to the passion, commitment and dedication each employee brings to the organization each and every day. It is a validation of our mission and how we execute on that mission to meet the needs of young people and families,” said Okpara Rice, Tanager Place CEO. 

About Tanager Place

Tanager Place helps children and families overcome challenges and find mental wellness. Through a mix of prevention, treatment and outreach, we give families hope, and children the tools to be successful. More than 4,000 children find healing through Tanager Place’s comprehensive services and programs each year. 

About COA

Founded in 1977, COA is an independent, not-for-profit accreditor of the full continuum of community-based behavioral health care and social service organizations in the United States and Canada. COA has a total of 47 service standards that are applicable to over 125 different types of programs. To learn more about COA, please visit www.coanet.org.

UnityPoint Health Launches Tool Connecting Public with Local Social Services, Programs

The MedQuarter | July 30th, 2021

New online resource helps individuals find assistance for food, housing, transportation, employment and more

As part of its mission to improve the health of the communities it serves, UnityPoint Health is launching a new social services resource called “Together We Care” to help individuals find assistance with food, housing, transportation, employment and more.

“Access to things like healthy food and safe housing are vital to everyone’s health,” says Aimee Traugh, UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids Regional Director Care Management. “We also know that, at times, many of our patients and families face challenges trying to meet their needs, making it more difficult to stay healthy or recover from illness. As part of our mission to improve the health of our communities, we’re pleased to offer this tool and ease some of the burden of finding help.”

The online tool, called Together We Care, connects individuals to area organizations offering free and reduced-cost social services and programs. The resource is completely free and can be accessed by visiting TogetherWeCare.UnityPoint.org.

Quick Details:

  • New Tool Name: Together We Care
  • How to Access: TogetherWeCare.UnityPoint.org
  • Who Can Use It: Anyone
  • Cost to Use: Free
  • Resources Provided: Free and reduced-cost social services and programs

Once on the website, individuals can search for services by zip code or category. The tool then displays information and details about participating social care organizations, including how to contact them.

UnityPoint Health joins organizations nationwide using the tool to help address the economic and social needs of its patients and communities. Together We Care is powered by Aunt Bertha, the nation’s leading network of social service providers. In addition to public usage, UnityPoint Health providers use the tool to easily and quickly make referrals for patients, connecting them with programs and services to live healthier lives.

“St. Luke’s is also a My Care Community partner,” said Traugh. “We are committed to continuing our work together to meet the needs of this community efficiently and effectively. This UnityPoint Health tool is one more resource available to residents.”

 

U.S. News & World Report Names UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital Among the Best in Iowa

The MedQuarter | July 28th, 2021

UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital is among the nation’s Best Regional Hospitals, according to U.S. News and World Report. St. Luke’s is ranked third best hospital in Iowa in the U.S. News & World Report 2021-22 edition. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in its 32nd year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.

St. Luke’s was ranked high performing in nine adult procedures and conditions: stroke, aortic valve surgery, heart bypass surgery, heart attack, heart failure, colon cancer surgery, kidney failure and hip and knee replacement.

U.S. News and World Report evaluates approximately 5,000 hospitals nationwide on common inpatient procedures and conditions. The Best Hospitals methodologies include objective measures such as patient survival, number of patients, infection, adequacy of nurse staffing and more. U.S. News first began publishing hospital rankings in 1990 as part of an expanding group of consumer advice products.

“We thank the entire St. Luke’s team – our physicians, nurses, staff and volunteers – for their ongoing dedication to the health of our patients and the community,” said Michelle Niermann, UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids President & CEO. “This recognition is a tribute to their talent, skills and commitment and affirms our dedication to providing outstanding care and an exceptional patient experience.”

The rankings have been published at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals and will appear in print in the U.S. News Best Hospitals guidebook.

 

Tanager Place Announces the Meraki Institute of Learning

The MedQuarter | July 27th, 2021

Tanager Place announces the launch of the Meraki Institute of Learning at Tanager Place. The Meraki Institute of Learning was formed as a way to represent the passion, dedication, and sense of responsibility Tanager Place feels as an agency to strengthen people and communities. Meraki Institute of Learning’s purpose is to increase awareness and provide learning and growth experiences rooted in authenticity, empowerment, and excellence.

Meraki is a word from the Greek language, to describe doing something with heart, soul, creativity and passion. Jennie Null, Learning and Development Manager for the Meraki Institute of Learning stated, “We believe in the interconnection of one’s own personal learning and growth and the impact it has on the world around them. When we do things with Meraki, we empower growth and inspire excellence, leaving a legacy of influence. Now more than ever there is so much content from so many places, it may be difficult for some to know which source to turn to.”

Tanager Place has been a trusted community resource for over 140 years and has led learning experiences and trainings locally, nationally, and internationally. The Meraki Institute will now make it even easier to reach out for information and learning opportunities from a trusted local expert focusing on four pillars of excellence; families, professionals, communities and systems.

Meraki is offering a free virtual lunch and learn series for the community. Topics will focus on Resilient Parenting, Mental Wellness and the Body, and Creating a Restorative Workplace Culture. To learn more or to register for these complimentary sessions, visit https://merakiinstitute.org/workshops-and-events/.

The Meraki Institute also has a variety or other resource available through articles, podcasts, training sessions, a resilient parenting TV series and more. Visit https://merakiinstitute.org/ for more details.

GreenState Supports Tanager Place Equity Fund

The MedQuarter | July 27th, 2021

Tanager Place is pleased to announce the support of GreenState Credit Union for a new fund designed to support care costs for families who may not otherwise be able to afford services. The Equity Fund at Tanager Place will help ensure that families who are struggling to pay for services are able to apply for a financial consideration to cover costs. Families can ask for relief to fund of a wide range of needs like therapy, medication management, testing, in home behavior management services, school based therapy, autism therapy and social groups, expressive arts therapy and more.

“We are pleased to be able to be lead the way by supporting this newly developed program. The past 18 months have shown us all that caring for our mental health needs is important and services are something everyone should be able to gain access to when needed,” commented Tara Wachendorf, Public Relations Director at GreenState. “Tanager Place has been a longstanding provider and supporter of the mental health needs of our Corridor kids and families. We are excited to be to be able to help Tanager Place extend even more services to families because of this program. ”

“The idea is that this fund will continue to grow over time, so in the future, the opportunity is there to make an incredible impact on our community which would not have been realized without this funding,” commented Tanager Place Deputy Chief Executive Officer Mike Hines.

Interested community members who want to support the growth of the program can visit https://tanagerplace.org/donate/ to make a gift. To learn more about the programs and services of Tanager Place visit tanagerplace.org.

In 2020 alone, GreenState’s philanthropic efforts contributed $2.2 million dollars to community events and programs and over $400,000.00 was directed to COVID-19 relief. GreenState has grown to be Iowa’s largest credit union and one of the top financial institutions in the United States for returning profits to members in the form of better rates and lower fees. 

Tanager Place helps children and families overcome challenges and find mental wellness. Through a mix of prevention, treatment and outreach, we give families hope, and children the tools to be successful. More than 4,000 children find healing through Tanager Place’s comprehensive services and programs each year.

 

 

RHCR Theatre Hosting Auditions for Upcoming Show

The MedQuarter | July 22nd, 2021

RHCR Theatre is hosting auditions for their upcoming show “God Help Us”, written by Samuel Warren Joseph and Phil Proctor, on July 25 and July 26! Auditions begin at 7:00 p.m. with check in at 6:30 p.m. at 1200 2nd Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. RHCR is looking for 2 actors, a male and female aged 30-60.

God Help Us Theatre Poster

UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital Employees awarded Iowa Hospital Association Scholarships

The MedQuarter | July 22nd, 2021

Lindsey Ricklefs

Katelyn Thompson

Tori Palmeri

Lindsey Ricklefs, Katelyn Thompson and Tori Palmeri, employees at UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital have each been awarded a $3,500 scholarship from the Iowa Hospital Education and Research Foundation (IHERF), which is supported by the Iowa Hospital Association (IHA). They are among several outstanding students from all over Iowa who have received assistance this year from the IHERF Health Care Careers Scholarship Program. Ricklefs is attending Creighton University pursuing an advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP) degree, Thompson is attending the University of Iowa for a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree and Palmeri is attending Allen College pursuing a degree in occupational therapy.

IHA established the IHERF Health Care Careers Scholarship Program in 2004 to help address the ongoing shortage of health care professionals and encourage young Iowans to establish or continue their careers with Iowa hospitals. The first scholarships were awarded in 2005.

In exchange for that financial support, scholarship-receiving students agree to work one year in an Iowa hospital for each year they receive an award. In this way, the scholarship program helps stabilize and enhance Iowa’s hospital workforce.

IHERF is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Iowa Hospital Association. IHERF is a charitable nonprofit and exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code.

Two Mercy Cedar Rapids Employees Receive IHERF Scholarships

The MedQuarter | July 20th, 2021

Mercy Cedar Rapids Employees Receive ScholarshipsSvetlana Acas of Iowa City and Amy Carey of Marion, both employees of Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, have each been awarded a $3,500 scholarship from the Iowa Hospital Education and Research Foundation (IHERF), which is supported by the Iowa Hospital Association (IHA).

Acas is attending Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids pursuing a Nursing – BSN degree. She currently works as an RN on Mercy’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit. Carey attends Purdue University Global and is pursuing a Nursing – ADN degree.  She currently works in Mercy’s Emergency Department as a technical specialist.  They are among 60 students from Iowa who have received assistance this year from the IHERF Health Care Careers Scholarship Program.

IHA established the IHERF Health Care Careers Scholarship Program in 2004 to help address the shortage of health care professionals and encourage young Iowans to establish or continue their careers with Iowa hospitals. The first scholarships were awarded in 2005 and now more than 625 students have benefited from the program.

In exchange for this financial support, students agree to work one year in an Iowa hospital for each year they receive an award. In this way, the scholarship program helps stabilize and enhance Iowa’s hospital workforce. Today, 380 scholarship recipients are working in Iowa hospitals.

IHERF is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Iowa Hospital Association. IHERF is a charitable nonprofit and exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

The MedQuarter | July 16th, 2021

With the return to school on the horizon and National Immunization Awareness Month in August, it’s a good time for parents and guardians to think about protecting children and teens by getting all their vaccinations up-to-date. Schedule an appointment at one of our convenient UnityPoint Clinic Pediatrics offices. Schedule now >>

UnityPoint Receives Funding for Free Mental Health Visits

The MedQuarter | July 16th, 2021

UnityPoint Health – AbbeHealth Services and Hillcrest Family Services have received additional funding from Mental Health/Disability Services of the East Central Region of Iowa to continue offering FREE mental health visits. Read more!

For more information about these FREE mental health visits or to schedule an appointment, contact Abbe Center for Community Mental Health at 319-398-3562 or Hillcrest Family Services at 563-207-5494.

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