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6/13/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation awards NEOMED largest foundation grant in university’s history

ROOTSTOWN — The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation announced its decision to award a $5.5 million grant to the Best Practices in Schizophrenia Treatment (BeST) Center at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) at “The BeST Kind of Hope,” a special event held on NEOMED’s campus last month.

“Our grant will enable the BeST Center to continue to work with mental health consumers, family members, policy makers and partner organizations to offer training, consultation, evaluation, education and outreach activities leading to state-of-the-art care for people affected by schizophrenia and their families,” said Rick Kellar, president of the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation. “This grant to the BeST Center furthers The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation’s mission to improve the lives of people with serious mental illness by investing in innovative projects in Northeast Ohio having national transformational impact.”

The BeST Center was originally created in NEOMED’s Department of Psychiatry through a $5 million grant from The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation in February 2009. Since 2005, the foundation has awarded a cumulative total of $12.9 million to NEOMED’s Department of Psychiatry to support initiatives to advance mental health treatment for individuals with schizophrenia and other mental disorders. The BeST Center works with community partners to give people affected by schizophrenia access to effective treatments.

“With the right treatment, people with schizophrenia can and do improve their lives, and they can work toward the future with a sense of hope,” said Mark Munetz, M.D., The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation Endowed Chair of Psychiatry at NEOMED.


Circle of Women’s Health Philanthropists formed to support care

AKRON — A group of local women has launched a new initiative, the Summa Foundation Circle of Women’s Health Philanthropists, whose members have dedicated themselves to supporting the health care needs of other women in the Summit County area.

“There is a significant movement happening in women’s philanthropy right now, and the Summa Foundation and women within the Akron community are getting on board,”  said Julia Rea Bianchi, Summa Foundation board member and circle co-founder along with Dr. Vivian von Gruenigen, system director of Summa Women’s Health Services.

Bianchi also is a national founding member of the Tiffany Circle, a society of women leaders and philanthropists affiliated with the American Red Cross.

Summa Foundation Circle of Women’s Health Philanthropists members will meet to determine funding goals and review a “wish list” of needs, including support for the Summa Center for Women’s Health, which provides a place for uninsured or underinsured women to receive obstetrical and gynecological care.

The group is calling on female executives, professionals and social philanthropists willing to make a personal annual gift of $2,500.

The Circle’s next event will be June 19 at 11:30 a.m. at Portage Country Club in West Akron and will include the health talk “Hormones in Harmony” by Dr. Tara Scott, founder of Revitalize medical group and a Circle member. To make reservations, contact Shelley Green at 330-375-6891 or greensh@summahealth.org.

The benefits of membership include invitations to annual events, exclusive networking opportunities, ongoing information about women’s health programs within Summa Health System, and a member bracelet with a commemorative charm designed by TaylorMade Jewelry of Akron for each year of membership.

Women interested in joining the Circle should contact Green or visit www.thesummafoundation.org/thecircle.


Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.

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