Columbia St. Mary's Family Practice Clinic Kicks off Reach Out and Read Program on August 1

Friday, August 04, 2006

Milwaukee, Wis., July 25, 2006 - Columbia St. Mary's Family Care Center has received a $2700 grant from the Reach Out and Read organization. To recognize the grant, the clinic is holding a Kick off Celebration from 10 am to 5 pm. on August 1 at the Family Health Center at 1121 East North Ave. in Milwaukee.

Reach Out and Read is a national non-profit organization that promotes early literacy by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud in pediatric exam rooms across the nation.

Reach Out and Read provides a book for each new pediatric patient, allowing the physician or resident to engage and calm the child, provide strong and helpful positive messages to the parent, and build connections with the family.

“Doctors know that growing up healthy means growing up with books,” said Dr. Jennifer Griffiths, the Medical College of Wisconsin faculty advisor for Reach Out and Read Program.

Published research shows an association between educational levels and a range of health outcomes and encouraging kids to read at an early age empowers them to be more knowledgeable about their own health.

The event will feature appearances by the Milwaukee Wave Indoor Soccer Team as well as refreshments.

For more information about Reach Out and Read, visit

About Columbia St. Mary’s
Columbia St. Mary's is comprised of four hospitals: Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Milwaukee, Columbia St. Mary's Columbia Campus, Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Ozaukee, and Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Institute, as well as 28 primary care clinics, the Columbia College of Nursing, a partnership with the Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin, the new River Woods Outpatient Center in Glendale, and new Urgent Care Center in downtown Milwaukee. The system serves individuals and families in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, and Washington counties, with more than 158 years of service. In 2006, Columbia St. Mary’s was named a Solucient Top 100 Hospital. Columbia St. Mary's and its sponsor organizations, Ascension Health and Columbia Health System, share a mission to make a positive difference in the health status and lives of individuals in the community with a special concern for those who are vulnerable.



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