FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 11, 2013
For information contact:
Elizabeth C. Duncan Director of Public Relations
(208) 367-8121— Desk (208) 724-8047—Cell
Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center Joins
ONE BILLION RISING to Bring Awareness to Violence Against Women
One in three women around the world (1 Billion) will be
raped or beaten in her lifetime.
Boise, Idaho – February 11, 2013 – Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center is proud to be a part of the ONE BILLION RISING event this Valentines Day at Noon in the McCleary Auditorium. Associates, physicians and staff will gather to raise awareness about and take a stand against, the alarming statistic of violence against women around the globe. ONE BILLION RISING is an event designed to bring people together to heighten the awareness and act in solidarity against violence toward women.
"As a Catholic health system, we have a moral obligation to promote and defend human dignity and therefore to stand up against violence." Said Pam Thomas, Vice President of Mission Integration for Saint Alphonsus Health System. "In healthcare, 76% of our work force is women. As a health system, with a workforce that is dominated by women, we have a moral obligation to lead in this stand."
On February 14, we as a health system will talk briefly about why we have gathered together, watch an informative video, learn a few dance steps, and together we will dance. Some of our community partners will be present for people to learn how they can help or how they can get help – and together we will raise awareness and take one step closer to ending violence against women.
The V-Day ONE BILLION RISING campaign, launched in early 2012, began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS. On February 14, 2013 – V-Day’s 15th anniversary – activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities, women and men across the world will come together and dance.
Idaho is not immune from these staggering statics. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that as many as one in five women has been raped before the age of 18 in Idaho, placing Idaho in the top five states in the nation for the number of forcible rapes. According to The Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence each day in Idaho more than 638 victims of domestic violence and their children seek safety and services from community-based domestic violence programs. In 2011, the Idaho State Police reported 5,715 incidents of violence between spouses, ex-spouses, and those in dating relationships.
About Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center
Saint Alphonsus is a 387-licensed bed regional medical center serving people throughout the Northwest. As a not-for-profit medical center, Saint Alphonsus reinvests profits back into the community and works to improve the health and well-being of those we serve by emphasizing care that is patient-centered, innovative and community based. Saint Alphonsus focuses on providing services in a spiritual, healing environment, and is renowned for its state-of-the-art digital environment and pioneering technologies; award-winning clinical services; and the region’s only Level II Trauma Center. Saint Alphonsus is part of Saint Alphonsus Health System, a four-hospital, 714-bed integrated healthcare system serving the full range of the health and wellness needs of the people in southwestern Idaho, eastern Oregon and northern Nevada. Saint Alphonsus Health System is a member of Trinity Health.
For information about Saint Alphonsus visit www.saintalphonsus.org.