Our Core Values of Respect, Care, Competence and Joy motivate us to go above and beyond in reaching out to those we serve. That's why St. Anthony's is pleased to provide a number of community outreach and educational programs that promote wellness and help us maintain a strong relationship with members of our communities.
Camping Activities for Normal Diabetic Youth (CANDY Camp) is held annually for kids ages 5 to 12 and allows children with diabetes to meet other children with the same condition and gain independence in their self-management skills.Through CANDY Camp, kids with diabetes learn that they can still have a fun, active life with diabetes.
Children's Health Fair
This yearly event provides kid-friendly information on a variety of topics, including St. Anthony's Emergency Services; Diagnostic Services and Surgical Services; nutritional foods and portion control; and the importance of exercise for better health, as well as other activities.
Christian Care Financial Assistance Program
This program is available to all patients who show financial need, and eligibility is determined based on the Federal Poverty Guidelines. In Fiscal Year 2010, St. Anthony's provided financial assistance through the Christian Care Program to 2,721 people, at the cost of $1,839,169. The program has been especially helpful, due to the current downturn in the economy and with many people losing their jobs and,
thus, their insurance coverage.
A free monthly Diabetes Support Group
Sponsored by St. Anthony's, this group helps people cope with their disease. By sharing ideas and struggles with others who deal with the same disease, each person finds encouragement and comfort, as well as advice on avoiding future problems. St. Anthony's also recently held two free programs for those dealing with diabetes: "An Introduction to Insulin Pumping," for those contemplating using an insulin pump for their insulin delivery, and "Advanced Insulin Pumping," for those currently using an insulin pump for their insulin delivery.
Healing the Grieving Heart
This is a seven-week program that meets once a week to help participants focus on goals that help them understand their grief so they can begin to reconstruct their lives.
Safe Sitter classes
Our classes teach 11- to 13-year-old babysitters how to handle crises, how to keep their charges secure and how to nurture and guide a young child. In short, Safe Sitter babysitters help children stay safe and sound while their parents are away.
Women's Wellness Event
This event includes informational displays on St. Anthony's Women's Wellness – Breast Care Services and Incontinence Services, the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (IBCCP) and other services at St. Anthony's – and also provides the opportunity for various health screenings.