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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, January 04, 2018 2:57 pm

Verbatim: St. Joseph Community Health Foundation Supports Mad Anthonys Children's Hope House with $5,000 Grant

The following was released on Thurs. Jan. 4, 2018 by

FORT WAYNE, Indiana (Jan. 4, 2018) - Mad Anthonys Children's Hope House (MACHH), Burn Family Suites located at St. Joseph Hospital has received support from the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation's (the Foundation) Burn Care and Prevention Fund in the amount of $5,000. These restricted funds will provide support services to burn survivors and their families to include wound care supplies, access to meals, gas gift cards and overnight accommodations during hospitalization. MACHH, which has served families facing pediatric and neonatal medical emergencies since 2003 at their Lutheran Hospital location, merged with the Northeast Indiana Burn Council at St. Joseph Hospital in May 2017 and now manages the Burn Family Suites which provided hospitality services to families impacted by burn related medical emergencies. Without hospitality services like MACHH those families receiving specialized medical care for acute illness and injury would have no place to sleep, eat or shower for weeks and at times months. MACHH's hospital based hospitality services keep families together and ease the financial burdens. "Our son was severely burned and hospitalized in the Burn Unit for over two months. If these services were not available we would have slept on the floor of the hospital waiting area. Staying at MACHH Burn Family Suites was a blessing." -Past MACHH Guest from Jay County "The St. Joseph Community Health Foundation has a tradition of serving individuals and families at their time of greatest need. Families facing the uncertainties of a medical emergency will feel the warmth of the Foundation through the delivery of our hospitality services. We are so grateful for their support," commented Andrew Gritzmaker, Executive Director of Mad Anthonys Children's Hope House. The St. Joseph Community Health Foundation, sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, stewards resources to respond to community needs with grants, leverage collaboration with community partners, and engage in transformational initiatives. Mad Anthonys Children's Hope House is a non-profit hospitality house that provides shelter, meals, laundry facilities and a peaceful refuge for families with children who are critically ill or injured. For more information visit