ICA Continues Mission of Transformation Through Assisting Community Efforts to Change the Lives of Its Citizens
MINNEAPOLIS & NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Informatics Corporation of America (ICA, www.icainformatics.com) and 360 Communities (www.360communities.org) announced today that a charitable donation of $2,000 was made in the name of Rebecca Swain-Eng, Senior Manager, Measurement & Implementation, the American Academy of Neurology, to continue 360 Communities’ mission of transforming lives within the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul area.
During the annual HIMSS 2012 education and exhibition for health information technology professionals, Feb. 20-24, 2012, at the Venetian Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, ICA made the donation through a drawing in which the winner chose a charity whose mission was in keeping with the company’s pursuit of transforming the lives of citizens within its community. Swain-Eng, the winner of the drawing, lives in the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul region and selected 360 Communities as the donation recipient.
360 Communities was founded in 1970 when a group of volunteers got together and pooled their resources in order to affect change in their community. Today, 360 Communities has a network of five food shelves in Dakota County. Not only do 360 Communities’ staff and volunteers provide immediate food assistance, but they also engage individuals and families to understand any underlying problems. Then they connect them with resources to help them on their journey to self-sustained success. 360 Communities also partners with other organizations, including the Minneapolis and St. Paul United Way and Minnesota FoodShare.
One of 360 Communities’ partners, Minnesota FoodShare, is concluding its March Campaign to bolster food shelves across the state. Each March, Minnesota FoodShare directs the Campaign, the largest food drive in the state and restocks 300 food shelves across Minnesota. It recruits thousands of congregations, companies, schools and community groups to run local fund and food drives to aid in the effort. In addition, Minnesota FoodShare organizes a statewide media campaign to promote food shelf donations. It acts as a clearinghouse for cash donations and distributes the funds to participating Minnesota food shelves. Throughout the year, Minnesota FoodShare advocates on behalf of hungry Minnesota families with both state and federal lawmakers and educates the public about hunger in Minnesota.
“Without the help of corporate donations and the generosity of individual citizen’s time and treasure, 360 Communities would not be able to continue to sustain and grow the services required by a growing number of those in need,” said Laurie Rieb, Director of Development at 360 Communities. “Receiving a donation from ICA, whose mission incorporates the same transformative message 360 Communities supports, is especially appreciated.”
John Tempesco, chief marketing officer, ICA, says, “ICA provides a technology infrastructure to exchange healthcare information between hospitals, physicians and ancillary providers throughout a healthcare system, community or state, with added clinical depth that allows for the transformation of healthcare as an end-result. Our mission is to not simply bring technology to our clients, but to help them transform healthcare delivery so that outcomes and health status improve.”
About 360 Communities
Originally founded by a group of dedicated volunteers 40 years ago, 360 Communities is an organization that uses community engagement to positively shape the future of our communities. It employs data-driven research to identify trends, strengths and vulnerabilities, and then work with key community partners to build and implement action plans. At the same time, it offers an interconnected web of opportunities that develop individual and community strength. Doing this work in partnership with caring residents creates ongoing change for the better, which leads to a healthier future for everyone. Visit www.360communities.org or find us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
About The American Academy of Neurology
The American Academy of Neurology, an association of more than 25,000 neurologists and neuroscience professionals, is dedicated to promoting the highest quality patient-centered neurologic care. A neurologist is a doctor with specialized training in diagnosing, treating and managing disorders of the brain and nervous system such as stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. For more information about the American Academy of Neurology, visit www.aan.com or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube.
About Informatics Corporation of America (ICA)
ICA was established to take innovative technology developed by Vanderbilt Medical Center to the broader healthcare market, and now delivers a comprehensive health information exchange (HIE) and care management solution to hospitals, IDNs, communities and states. This patient-centered modular approach offers immediate value and return-on-investment through the delivery of clinical information to the point-of-care improving quality while reducing costs. The solution suite, or volume set, includes CareAlign CareExchange, CareConnect, CareCollaborate, CareMeasure and CareManage. Each volume provides the technology necessary to progressively exchange clinical information, increase care coordination and manage healthcare risk across the continuum of care with the goal of improving patient outcomes while reducing costs. Visit www.icainformatics.com; follow us on Twitter: @icainformatics; and Facebook.
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