Mercy Health is the Presenting Sponsor of Greater Cincinnati Outdoor Fitness Gym Coming to Roselawn as Part of Neighborhood Enhancement Program

(CINCINNATI; August 13, 2015) – Mercy Health (formerly Catholic Health Partners) – a Catholic healthcare ministry serving Ohio and Kentucky, announces that it is the presenting sponsor of The Greater Cincinnati Outdoor Fitness Gym, a new outdoor fitness facility coming to Roselawn. The gym is a key element of the Roselawn Neighborhood Enhancement Program, whose launch the City of Cincinnati announced earlier today during a news conference hosted by Vice Mayor David Mann.

Roger LaGreca, President and CEO, Mercy Health Foundation, presented a check for $75,000 toward the gym at the news conference. LaGreca challenged other community partners to match the donation, which many did, bringing the amount of pledges to nearly $98,000.

In addition to the outdoor gym, Mercy Health will be an active participant in the CDC-led Diabetes Prevention Program, which is a key element of this Neighborhood Enhancement Program. As part of its commitment, Mercy Health will provide scholarships and subsidy dollars to enable approximately 60 people to attend the course and work with experts to make real lifestyle changes that will ultimately improve the quality of their lives.

“The outdoor fitness gym is a major component of the Roselawn Neighborhood Improvement Program, which has as its aim developing neighborhood assets and improving quality of life,” said LaGreca. “Supporting the creation of this gym and additional wellness programs is in line with Mercy Health’s mission to improve the health of our communities and it illustrates one more way in which Mercy Health works to help our community be well.”  

The Greater Cincinnati Outdoor Fitness Gym will be located at the Cincinnati Reds Urban Youth Academy - Roselawn Sports Complex at 2026 E. Seymour Avenue, Cincinnati, 45237. The gym will include an exercise platform with stretching area and group exercise area, as well as an open gym floor with cardiovascular and strength equipment. It is due to open to the public in November 2015.

Other community partners include U.S. Bank, PNC Bank, Huntington Bank, Coca Cola, Allen Temple Tried Stone Development Ltd, Eurostampa, Cheviot Savings and first financial bank.                  

Mercy Health (formerly Catholic Health Partners) is the largest health system in Ohio and one of the largest health systems in the United States, employing more than 32,000 employees in Ohio and Kentucky. With $6 billion in assets, Mercy Health operates about 450 health facilities, including 23 hospitals, eight senior living communities, five hospice programs and seven home health agencies. Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters) consistently rates Mercy Health among the nation’s top health systems for clinical quality and efficiency. In keeping with its mission, Mercy Health provides about $1 million per day in community benefit services. Mercy Health’s bonds are rated AA- by Standard & Poor’s and Fitch, and A1 by Moody’s. Mercy Health also partners with HealthSpan which provides health maintenance organization and insurance coverage. Mercy Health is a founding member of Health Innovations Ohio, which focuses on providing health services that result in higher quality, better health and greater value. For more information, visit www.mercy.com or connect with Mercy Health on Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest and Twitter (@LivingMercyHlth).