Lima & Van Wert Elks to Donate $10,000 to St. Rita’s Pediatric Rehabilitation

Since 1972, the Ohio Elks Association has generously donated more than $334,000 to Mercy Health – St. Rita’s Medical Center’s pediatric rehabilitation department through The Ohio Elks Cerebral Palsy Fund Board.

On Thursday, June 8, at 11 a.m. the association will add to their contributions and will present a check for $10,000 to the medical center’s pediatric rehabilitation department, a patient and their family and St. Rita’s Health Care Foundation. The presentation will take place at St. Rita’s pediatric rehabilitation department located at 830 W. High Suite 150, Lima, Ohio 45801.

Louie Crow, past state chair of The Ohio Elks Cerebral Palsy Board and member of Van Wert Elks; Charles White, president of Van Wert Elks; and Jean Zink, president of Lima Elks will present the check on behalf of the association.

“We are grateful to the Elks for their long standing support of our pediatric rehabilitation program and their commitment to helping children with Cerebral Palsy. The Pedi Rehab Fund has enabled us to purchase special equipment needed for children receiving physical, occupational and speech therapies. In addition, the Fund has assisted families who may be underinsured, by deferring the cost of a child’s treatment,” said Jacque Daley-Perrin, president of St. Rita’s Health Care Foundation.

In past years, St. Rita’s has used the funds provided to purchase equipment such as a Walkable, which helps children who cannot support their own weight to walk and necessary software upgrades that support the patient experience and equipment.

The medical center is thankful for the continued funding and generosity that the Ohio Elks Association provides. Part of the medical center’s mission is to improve the health of the many communities they serve, and the donations made on behalf of the Elks Association helps to support just that.

About St. Rita’s Health Partners
Since 1918, St. Rita’s Health Partners has been providing quality healthcare to the people of Lima and west central Ohio. More people prefer St. Rita's for medical care than any other hospital in the 10-county region we serve. Our comprehensive high-quality medical services include The Henry & Beverly Hawk Vascular & Heart Center at St. Rita's, St. Rita's Orthopaedic Care Center, trauma and emergency, cancer treatment, women's health, mother/baby, pediatrics, sports medicine and rehabilitation, behavioral health services, homecare and hospice.

As a member of Mercy Health, the largest health system in Ohio and one of the largest health systems in the United States, it is our Mission to extend the healing ministry of Jesus by improving the health of our communities. In 2014, St. Rita’s Health Partners invested $42 million in community benefit into the communities where we provide care, most of it targeted to people who are poor and under-served. Together with more than 3,000 employees, physicians and volunteers, we are fulfilling our promise, providing area residents with outstanding health and wellness services and improving the health of the communities we serve. Please visit for more information or connect with St. Rita’s Medical Center on Facebook.