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Vidant Health celebrates 20 years of Community Benefit Grants Program

October 24, 2018 posted by Beth Anne Atkins

Greenville, N.C.  Vidant Health is celebrating 20 successful years of the Community Benefit Grants Program which was created in 1998 as a joint partnership between the health system and the Vidant Health Foundation to address the health and wellness of Pitt County residents. As the health system grew, the grants program expanded to include the regional hospital service areas, as well. The overall goal of the program is to help people before they reach the point of being hospitalized for health conditions that could otherwise have been avoided.

"Vidant Health feels one of the best ways to empower people to be active partners in their own health care is to provide them with the education and tools needed to prevent and manage chronic disease,” said Dr. Michael Waldrum, CEO, Vidant Health. “This is accomplished through establishing community partnerships with local non-profits. The grants program provides these organizations with financial support to develop and implement programs that provide: early detection of chronic illness, education on wellness and prevention strategies, community health initiatives, and health care services directly in the communities where people live.”

Since 1998, $30.4 million has been distributed to 1,670 grant recipients. These funded programs have improved the health and quality of life for countless residents of eastern North Carolina.

“People across eastern North Carolina have benefited from all of the funded initiatives. Programs take place in civic centers, community gardens, Boys and Girls Clubs, churches, schools, senior centers and other community venues,” said Brian Floyd, president of Vidant Medical Center and chief operating officer of Vidant Health Hospitals. “The grants being funded help remove financial and transportation barriers in receiving health education and direct health services in rural communities. We are reaching well beyond the walls of our hospitals to care for the people in our region who need it most.”

This year, Vidant is distributing $1.9 million to 160 grants for communities in eastern North Carolina for the 2016-2017 grant cycle. Grants are administered by the Vidant Health Foundation and awarded to programs that focus on chronic disease prevention and management, nutrition and physical activity, and improving access to care. 

The Vidant Health Foundation is an independent, non-profit, tax-exempt, charitable organization that serves as custodian for all financial gifts and bequests to Vidant. To learn more or to donate, visit


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About Vidant Health Foundation

The Vidant Health Foundation is an independent, non-profit, tax-exempt, and charitable organization that serves as custodian for all financial gifts and bequests to Vidant Health. It is the mission of the foundation to support the Vidant Health mission to improve the health and well-being of eastern North Caroling through advocacy and securing philanthropic resources. For more information, visit

About Vidant Health

Vidant Health is a mission-driven, 1,512-bed health system that annually serves more than 1.4 million people in 29 eastern North Carolina counties. The not-for-profit system is made up of more than 12,500 employees, eight hospitals, home health, hospice, wellness centers, and Vidant Medical Group, a multi-specialty physician and provider group with more than 500 providers in more than 90 locations in eastern North Carolina. Vidant is affiliated with The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. As a major resource for health services and education, Vidant has a mission to improve the health and well-being of eastern North Carolina. For more information, visit


Vidant Health Hospital

# of Programs Recommended for Funding

# Estimated
to be Served
# Estimated to be
Financially Needy
Beaufort 18 $100,000 21,021


Bertie 14 $102,250 18,496


Chowan 22 $107,430 19,269


Duplin 12 $102,000 23,125


Edgecombe 14 $106,000 6,625


Outer Banks 8 $110,000* 4,219


Roanoke-Chowan 13 $100,000 12,054


Total Regional 101 $727,680 104,809


Vidant Medical Center 59 $1,182,350 402,549


Overall Total 160 $1,910,030 507,358



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