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St. Joseph’s and Franciscan Companies Make Large Donation to Soldiers


SYRACUSE – St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center and its affiliate, Franciscan Companies, donated more than 500 cell phones to State Senator John A. DeFrancisco’s sixth annual collection drive for Cell Phones for Soldiers. The phones were used by home health aides and nurses with St. Joseph’s Certified Home Health Agency and Franciscan Companies’ Licensed Home Care Agency. This is the largest single donation yet and represents one-third the total number of phones donated to the cause in 2012!

Cell Phones for Soldiers provides pre-paid calling cards to deployed soldiers, by selling used donated cell phones to a recycling company. The donation by St. Joseph’s Hospital and Franciscan Companies will result in more than 1,000 hours of free talk time for soldiers serving overseas.

Senator DeFrancisco’s collection drive runs through January 6, 2014.

St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center is a non-profit, 431-bed hospital and health care system in Syracuse, New York, providing services to patients in 16 counties in Central New York State. Through prevention programs and the latest diagnostic treatment procedures, St. Joseph's works with patients to achieve optimum long-term health. A 15-time winner of the National Research Corporation Consumer Choice award, St. Joseph’s is affiliated with Franciscan Companies and sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis. Franciscan Companies serves people in 17 counties with a variety of health-related products, services and programs including medical equipment, respiratory therapy, sleep disorder treatments, home care services, wellness programs, an adult day program, Lifeline medical alert, medication dispensers and more.

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Cutline: Pictured left to right are: Dan Carelli, Executive Director of Operations; Frank L. Smith, Jr., President and CEO of Franciscan Companies and Vice President of Corporate Development at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center; State Senator John A. DeFrancisco; Jeff Wentworth, Executive Director of Purchasing and Inventory Management at Franciscan; and Pat Johnson, Administrative Assistant for St. Joseph’s CHHA.