MCES will host a "Rumble in the Jungle" event to raise money for a new ambulance.
The event is being held at the Elmwood Park Zoo, September 19 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. It is going to be a night to remember – a fun, festive fundraising event for the entire family. There will be a delicious buffet dinner, a cash bar, a D. J., 50/50 raffles, basket raffles, great prizes and a touch-a-truck station for kids to explore a MCES ambulance. Best of all, guests will have the zoo and its residents to themselves all night!
Due to its high miles and frequent, costly repairs, the older of MCES's ambulances needs to be replaced. Depending on how it is outfitted, a brand-new ambulance can easily cost upwards of $80,000-$100,000. While MCES has secured some funding from private foundations like the McLean Contributionship, the Charter Foundation and the Oxford Area Foundation, it is still in need of money for a new ambulance. MCES is hoping that all those who know and understand what a vital service EMS Squad 305 serves will come out to help MCES raise money for a new ambulance.
Tickets are available by calling Nathalie Schrank at 610.279.6100 ext. 100 or click here to email Nathalie.
Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for children 10 and under (kids under 2 are free) Tickets must be purchased by September 12th.
The Montgomery County Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities recently funded $1,300 worth of MCES Suicide Prevention Tool Kits to assist with suicide prevention efforts.
MCES created versions of the Tool Kits for law enforcement/emergency responders, high school counselors and family members.
MCES has distributed versions to area police officers and high school Student Assistance Program counselors. Kits are given out by clinical staff to patients and family members.
The County is currently considering the best way to distribute the kits in its possession. MCES is grateful for the county's support of this initiative.
Thanks to generous grants from the van Ameringen Foundation and the Dr. H. Glenn Sample, Jr. Memorial Fund, Registered Nurses at MCES are going beyond the walls of the hospital to continue making a difference in people's lives.
Community training for all eight participating RNs is complete and nurses have been hitting the street making visits in the community to help prevent recidivism and enhance individuals' recovery in the community.
The program's criteria have been widened so that more individuals will have access to the RN visits and can benefit from a clinician checking on their welfare in the community. Enrolled individuals will receive five in-person visits from a MCES RN in their first month post-discharge and then four telephone check-in calls for their second month out of the hospital.
One of the nurses participating in the program, Naomi Finkel, said of the experience that "the simple act of a one hour wellness visit is so appreciated by this patient, her feelings of isolation are a little less that week."
Naomi reported that the patient made statements such as, "I know that someone really does care".... "I don't get too many visitors"... "I was worried you weren't coming this week."
"That lets me know that this program is helping to fill a lonely void that some patients experience when leaving the hospital," said Naomi. "I'm looking forward to experiencing the positive effect this program will have on all of us."
Music poured out from the MCES courtyard on July 10 as 44-four members of the Merion Concert Band played a special twilight concert for patients and staff.
From the moment that the band sounded the energetic first notes of John Williams' theme from the film "Cowboys" to the closing, stirring sounds of "Stars and Stripes Forever," everyone present was engaged and attentive. During some of the songs, particularly the Cuban song "Malaguena," some staff and patients danced together to the infectious rhythm.
This is the first time that the Merion Concert Band, founded in 1977, has played at MCES, or any other similar facility. The band performs year round, rehearsing at local elementary schools and performing at Harriton High School and the Church of the Redeemer in Bryn Mawr. In addition, the band has a summer concert series, mainly in outdoor venues.
Patients from MCES's inpatient hospital, residents at MCES's Crisis Residential Program, and staff members from both were attended the outdoor concert underneath a beautiful sky that, thankfully, held no threatening rain clouds.
MCES Development Specialist Gabriel Nathan, who arranged and coordinated the event, said, "I couldn't be happier with the way the concert turned out. This was a unique opportunity to have a group of this caliber and size come perform for our inpatient population."
This concert, the largest single creative arts event at MCES since its inception forty years ago, was made possible by a generous grant from the Clayman Family Foundation. The purpose of the grant is to support live creative and performing arts events at MCES.