Strategic Partnerships Built to Serve Our Communities
As a leading nonprofit and Catholic health care provider, Ascension has made it a priority to work for health equity for the individuals and communities we are privileged to serve in 20 states and Washington, D.C.
Recognizing our responsibility to address social determinants that help shape the health of populations, Ascension recently joined forces with the PGA Tour Champions to host a new professional golf tournament in St. Louis, which Ascension is blessed to call home.
The Ascension Charity Classic will be much more than a major sporting event for the St. Louis region. We expect this annual event to have a lasting impact on the community by supporting revitalization efforts in North St. Louis County, including Ferguson, Florissant, and Jennings – communities around Norwood Hills Country Club, the site of the tournament.
According to the Clinical Systems Improvement Institute, about 80 percent of the variables that impact individuals’ health are contingent on social determinants – lifestyle, behaviors, and socioeconomic conditions. And healthy behaviors become more meaningful for long-term health when they’re addressed before adulthood.
As a faith-based health care organization, Ascension is called to care for those who are most vulnerable, to provide them hope and healing. We also understand the importance of working in the community with local groups to address the myriad social determinants of health. At the same time, part of the PGA Tour’s mission is to generate a significant charitable and economic impact in tournament communities, in addition to entertaining and inspiring fans.
That’s why all proceeds from the Ascension Charity Classic will benefit charitable organizations in the North St. Louis County area that are working to build a better community. Selected local charities include Marygrove, a residential facility for children and teens; the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis; and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis, among others. These organizations were chosen because they all help teens and young adults in St. Louis have access to resources to empower brighter futures and enriched lives.
So, while the PGA Tour Champions golfers will compete to win the tournament, the real winners will be residents of North County and area charities. We hope this event will spur additional economic investment in North St. Louis County, as well as greater charitable giving for the region. It’s a chance for the entire St. Louis region to come together and make a difference for our community.
We know that major events like the PGA Tour Champions tournament can make lasting change in underserved communities. Ascension is honored to work with an organization that shares our vision for how we can make a meaningful impact, especially for the bright minds of St. Louis youth who will be leaders of the future.
Nick Ragone is EVP and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer of St. Louis-based Ascension, a leading non-profit and Catholic health system.