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Vidant Health awards more than $1.7 million in grant funds

August 16, 2017 by Beth Anne Atkins

GREENVILLE – Vidant Health is distributing more than $1.7 million to 143 programs for communities in eastern North Carolina for the 2017-2018 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.

"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 Scott Senatore, vice president, Vidant Health Foundation. “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.”

People throughout eastern North Carolina benefit from the funded initiatives. Programs take place in civic centers, community gardens, churches, schools, senior centers, clinics, and other community venues. The grants help remove financial and transportation barriers in receiving health education and direct health care services in rural communities. It is estimated that these grants will serve more than 200,000 people throughout eastern North Carolina.

The Community Benefits Grants Program was created in 1998 as a joint partnership between Vidant Health 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 reached the point of being hospitalized for health conditions that could otherwise have been avoided.

The mission of the foundation is to support the Vidant Health mission to improve the health and well-being of eastern North Carolina through advocacy and securing philanthropic resources.

To learn more about how you can support one of the individual hospitals in the Vidant Health system, please visit https://www.vidanthealth.com/Foundation.

 

About Vidant Health

Vidant Health is a mission-driven, 1,447-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 12,000 employees, eight hospitals, home health, hospice, wellness centers, and Vidant Medical Group, a multi-specialty physician and provider group with more than 420 providers in more than 80 practice sites 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 www.vidanthealth.com.

Vidant Health Hospital

# of Programs Recommended for Funding

Dollars
to be
Awarded

Estimated # of People
to be
Served

Beaufort

12

$96,500

18,561

Bertie

14

$102,500

20,452

Chowan

22

$106,595

16,844

Duplin

12

$104,100

55,452

Edgecombe

10

$109,000

5,130

Outer Banks

7

$125,000

2.412

Roanoke-Chowan

11

$100,000

9,602

Vidant Medical Center

55

$975,000

151,116

Overall Total

143

$1,703,695

277,159

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