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Saint Clare’s Embraces Holiday Spirit by Giving Back to Its Own Families


December 23, 2011

Saint Clare’s Health System embraced the spirit of giving during the holiday season by hosting an “Adopt a Family” program – a way for Saint Clare’s staff members to support their fellow employees.

As part of the program, individual employees or departments within the hospital were invited to “adopt” individuals employed by the health system that had been identified as benefitting from extra assistance during the holiday season, purchasing gifts anonymously for them and their families. More than 50 Saint Clare’s departments and individuals took part in the initiative, which found a special way for Saint Clare’s employees to support each other, brighten their holidays, and recognize their ongoing commitment to providing compassionate care to patients in the community.

Due to the generosity of Saint Clare’s staff, more people and departments wanted to adopt families than the number of families who sought assistance for the holidays. Eleven departments and individuals were offered the opportunity to purchase gifts for the Children’s Crisis Intervention Services at Saint Clare’s Hospital/Boonton, an inpatient behavioral health services unit providing services for children and adolescents between the ages of five and seventeen.

“We are truly touched by the overwhelming generosity that Saint Clare’s employees have shown in the “Adopt a Family” Program,” says Sister Susan Evelyn, Vice President, Mission Integration at Saint Clare’s. “The number of gifts provided to the Boonton unit exceeded all of our expectations.”


Pictured (l-r) with gifts donated as part of the “Adopt a Family” program are: Dick Russo, volunteer at Saint Clare’s; Diana Shores, executive assistant at Saint Clare’s; Marge Wittman, volunteer at Saint Clare’s; Sister Susan Evelyn, Vice President, Mission Integration at Saint Clare’s; and Jim Bailey, volunteer at Saint Clare’s.

About Saint Clare’s Health System
Saint Clare’s Health System, which has served the health care needs of northwestern New Jersey residents since 1895, is the region’s premier provider of community-based health care and behavioral health services.  Saint Clare’s operates hospitals in Boonton Township, Denville, Dover and Sussex Borough and other facilities located throughout Morris and Sussex counties. Saint Clare’s is part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national nonprofit health organization with headquarters in Englewood, Colorado. The faith-based system operates in 19 states and includes 73 hospitals; 40 long-term care, assisted- and residential-living facilities; two community health-services organizations; and home health agencies.

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