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St. Joseph's partners with CaringBridge to enhance patient/family centered care

Free, Personalized Websites Connect Loved Ones during Serious Health Event

Officials at St. Joseph's Hospital today announced a partnership with CaringBridge, a charitable nonprofit organization providing free websites that connect families and friends during a serious health event, care and recovery. A CaringBridge website gives patients and caregivers a place to provide health updates, post photos and receive messages of hope and encouragement in a guestbook.

Founded in 1908 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester, New York, along with several community leaders, St. Joseph's is a not-for-profit Catholic acute care hospital with a certified capacity of 295 beds.

"Partnering with CaringBridge adds an important benefit to our patient and family support system," said St. Joseph's President/CEO, Sister Marie Castagnaro, SSJ. "We strive to provide the best resources and information for patients and their families, and CaringBridge fits perfectly with that mission."

Founded in 1997, more than 160,000 websites have been created through CaringBridge which generate over half-a-million visits each day. The CaringBridge community includes authors, visitors and donors in all 50 states and more than 225 countries and territories. Individual donations and hospital and collaborative partnerships fund the free service.

"Patients and their families greatly benefit from the ease of communication that CaringBridge provides," said Sona Mehring, founder and executive director, CaringBridge. "Instead of spending time making phone calls and sending e-mails to keep everyone updated, their energy can be focused on caring for the patient."

For more information, please visit or the home page of St. Joseph's website at and click on the button "…Create a Website."

About CaringBridge
CaringBridge® is a charitable nonprofit organization providing free websites that connect family and friends to share information, love and support during a serious health event, care and recovery. Its mission is to bring together a global community of care, powered by the love of family and friends, in an easy, accessible and private way. CaringBridge saves time and energy by centralizing communication and easing the burden of updating everyone during a health event.

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