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Providence House Opens Doors to Elisabeth’s House: The Prentiss Wellness Nursery

Posted April 17, 2015 in Press Releases

CLEVELAND - Providence House cut the ribbon today on Elisabeth’s House: The Prentiss Wellness Nursery (Elisabeth’s House). Elisabeth’s House, the first of its kind in the country, is a new service on the Providence House campus that will address a growing population of at-risk children in the Greater Cleveland area whose safety and care is further jeopardized by medical conditions which cannot be supported when discharged from the hospital due to family crisis, unstable living environments and caregivers with limited or no capacity to meet their child’s needs.

“Today is an exciting day not only for Providence House, but for our entire community,” said Natalie Leek-Nelson, President and CEO of Providence House. “Elisabeth’s House is an innovative solution to address children’s safety and wellness while also addressing deeper root causes of family crisis and instability that may result in poor medical and developmental outcomes for children and possibly abuse or neglect. This type of service is at the core of our mission of protecting children, empowering families, and building safer communities for every child.”

The initial Providence House concept was further developed by a 39-member taskforce that teamed healthcare professionals from University Hospital’s Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, The Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, and MetroHealth with Providence House staff and board, as well as insurers, researchers, and children’s healthcare advocates. The resulting model will allow hospitals to discharge children (birth-10 years old) from the hospital who have minor medical needs into the Wellness Nursery’s care, while Providence House staff work intensively with parents to address issues that range from homelessness and domestic violence to substance abuse, mental health challenges and more.

Elisabeth’s House is located across the street from the Leo’s House Crisis Nursery on the Providence House campus at West 32ndStreet, where the Providence House crisis nursery works to prevent child abuse and neglect by protecting at risk children, empowering their families, and building a safer community for every child.

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About Providence House:

Providence House – Ohio’s first Crisis Nursery - has cared for over 7,000 families and children in crisis, living for days, weeks, or years without the support they need to help get them back on their feet. To provide the support so desperately needed by these children and their caregivers, Providence House has built a holistic, integrated program focused on both child abuse prevention and family preservation. Their unique Crisis Nursery Program is a comprehensive, crisis nursery service based on 34 years of experience, the latest child welfare research, and proven evidence-based programs and practices that can help prevent child abuse and neglect, reduce system involvement and foster care placements, and strengthen families in crisis. Visit for more information.

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