St. Charles Mission team donates supplies to Starr Elementary

Press Staff Writer

        With the new school year just under way, members of the Mercy Health – St. Charles Hospital Mission Committee teamed up to help local families in need.
        On Sept. 2, members of the St. Charles Hospital leadership donated collected school supplies to the students of Starr Elementary School in Oregon City Schools. The donation is part of the St. Charles’ commitment to the Oregon community and is led by the hospital’s mission committee.
        “Literacy can have a tremendous influence on healthcare outcomes as a person’s ability to read can impact the ability to understand their health and healthcare needs,” said Craig Albers, president, Mercy Health – St. Charles Hospital. “A child’s education is not only extremely important, but it can impact their health throughout their lifetime. We want to support the education of our area youth, especially during these very critical years of development.”
        Starr Elementary School was chosen as the recipient of the donation as more than half of the students who attend the school are a part of the free/reduced lunch program.
        Mercy Health – St. Charles has served the Oregon community as both a health care provider and community partner. St. Charles associates throughout the hospital collected the school supplies for the annual donation.
        Mercy Health - St. Charles Hospital President Craig Albers, and CFO Jeff Ziviski, along with Sister Dorothy Thum, vice president, Mission and Values Integration, Mercy Health – Toledo, presented the collected supplies to Tricia Soltesz, Starr Elementary principal, and Hal Gregory, Superintendent of Oregon City Schools.


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