Horace Mann and HSHS St. John’s Foundation Partner to Create Tutoring Center at St. John’s Children’s Hospital

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Aug. 16, 2016) – Patients at HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital now have access to a pediatric tutoring and enrichment program thanks to the generosity of Horace Mann. 

The donation, which grew from a sponsorship of the HSHS St. John’s Foundation’s Toast of Town fundraiser series, will allow the hospital to provide tutoring, academic support and developmentally appropriate enrichment activities to the patients of its pediatric unit through the Horace Mann Tutoring and Enrichment Program.  

“We are extremely grateful to our foundation and Horace Mann for partnering with us on this initiative,” said Charles L. Lucore, MD, MBA, president and CEO of HSHS St. John’s Hospital. “This program helps ensure that our patients are able to stay up to date with their educational goals.” 

The program currently has three tutors who are available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. to work with patients age four through seniors in high school. These tutors are retired teachers who volunteer their time through the hospital’s Samaritan and Child Life Specialist programs. 

“We are grateful for the work that has been done to get this program off the ground,” said Bev Neisler, chief development officer for St. John’s Foundation. “It is a prime example of how St. John’s Foundation partners with local business to create winning partnerships for both organizations that elevate our missions.” 

St. John’s Children’s provides expert care 27/4 to meet the unique needs of children and their families in the central and southern Illinois region. In addition to an exceptional care team, partnerships like this one ensure our children have access to the best possible outcomes, close to home. 

“The tutoring and enrichment center was created to support students who are hospitalized,” said Marita Zuraitis, president and CEO of Horace Mann, an insurance and financial services company dedicated to serving our nation’s educators. “For a student facing health challenges, it is comforting for them to know that they can get assistance with their schoolwork and continue their educational progress while away from the classroom.” 

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About Horace Mann

Horace Mann (Horace Mann Educators Corp. (NYSE:HMN)) is the largest national multiline insurance company focusing on educators' financial needs. Horace Mann provides auto and homeowners insurance, retirement annuities, life insurance and other financial solutions. Founded by Educators for Educators® in 1945, the company is headquartered in Springfield, Illinois.  For more information about the company, visit horacemann.com 

Horace Mann (Horace Mann Educators Corp. (NYSE:HMN)) is the largest national multiline insurance company focusing on educators' financial needs. Horace Mann provides auto and homeowners insurance, retirement annuities, life insurance and other financial solutions. Founded by Educators for Educators® in 1945, the company is headquartered in Springfield, Illinois.  For more information about the company, visit . 

About HSHS St. John’s Hospital

HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois is a regional medical center offering a comprehensive array of health care services to central and southern Illinois. Founded in 1875, St. John’s is the flagship hospital of Hospital Sisters Health System and is home to the Prairie Heart Institute, St. John’s Children’s Hospital, St. John’s Women’s Services, St. John’s Neurosciences Institute, St. John’s Cancer Institute, Orthopedic Services and AthletiCare. St. John’s now has one of the most advanced surgery centers in the nation and a renovated patient tower with all private rooms. St. John’s is designated as a level I trauma center, has its own college of nursing and is a teaching hospital for the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. For more information about St. John’s Hospital, visit www.st-johns.org

About Hospital Sisters Health System

Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality, Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 14 local systems and physician practices in Illinois (Belleville, Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay).  HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org

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