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Stairways holds Lunch and Learn

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

BLOOM Collaborative recently played host to a meeting of the minds that brought staff from Stairways, Safe Harbor Behavioral Health Crisis Residential Unit and Saint Vincent Hospital’s inpatient behavioral health program to the table to share ideas.

The Lunch and Learn event on Oct. 20 provided for staff of the respective providers an opportunity to discuss referral procedures and offer overviews of their programs. Stairways program directors gave presentations of services including blended case management, mobile medication management, psychiatric rehabilitation, peer support and residential programs.

This year’s version marked the second such version of the event, after Stairways held the inaugural Lunch and Learn in October 2015.

While there, visitors also toured BLOOM’s five-acre wellness campus to get a taste for its brand of healing arts.

Stairways Blended Case Manager Laurie Bizzarro coordinated the event. As part of her targeted outreach at Saint Vincent, Safe Harbor and Millcreek Community Hospital, Bizzarro helps patients understand the programs that are available to them upon their discharge. This outreach helps individuals to better consider their support options, and assists hospital personnel who are responsible for external patient referrals.

“This event gave staff from a number of different service providers the opportunity to understand how each of us works so that we can determine how to work together to provide the best care possible,” Bizzarro said. “It was great to see the partnerships that we formed at last year’s event come to fruition the way they have and discuss how we can improve them even more in the future.”

Above: Staff of Stairways and St. Vincent meet to discuss ideas.

Stairways spreads holiday cheer

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Spreading some cheer to clients and their families is at the top of Stairways Behavioral Health’s wish list this holiday season.

And Stairways did its best to see this wish come true by holding a Thanksgiving dinner in November for clients and an employee gift drive for children of clients in December.

The Zukor Club played gracious host to a Thanksgiving dinner to remember for nearly 100 clients Nov. 24. Club members and Stairways staff helped dole out all the Thanksgiving staples and the fixings—as well as seconds and desserts— to a dining room full of smiling faces and full stomachs.

In addition to the donating its dining room and kitchen space, the Zukor Club also made a $500 contribution to Stairways’ Personal Care Home.

Stairways staff took up the giving mantle by holding a gift drive for children of Blended Case Management clients. Staff members picked clean a tree of 88 angel tags representing the names of children and young adults in need of holiday gifts.

Each tag included the name of a child, their age and ideas for gifts to help make their holiday more memorable.

The same objective was in the minds of Stairways Blended Case Managers, who helped distribute 127 boxed Christmas dinners to clients.

BCM Team Supervisor Kevin McCaslin organizes the drive each year that sees the Second Harvest Food Bank donate meals to clients. Stairways unloads, packs and delivers the food to clients in need to make for a hearty holiday feast.

Stairways is grateful for the generosity of everyone who participated their time and resources to make this holiday season special.

In addition to the dinner, the food and gift drive, Stairways staff is helping to collect and donate warm clothes for the Mental Health Association’s Warming Center throughout this winter. Please remember to bring your clean and gently used donations and place them in the marked collection bins at 2185 W. 8th St. or at BLOOM Collaborative, 138 E. 26th St.

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