Vidant Edgecombe Hospital awards grants to community groups


Representatives of grant recipients are, seated from left, Crystal DeLoatch, Boys & Girls Clubs; Kimberly DeRosier, MHA of Eastern Carolina; Henrietta Zalkind, Down East Partnership for Children; Brittany Jenkins, N.C. Cooperative Extension; Myra McCall, VOICE; Neil Jackson, VOICE, and standing, from left, Ann Holland, MHA of Eastern Carolina; Olivia Berger, MHA of Eastern Carolina; Ron Green, Boys & Girls Clubs; Dr. John Brooks, Vidant Edgecombe Hospital Community Benefits Grants Committee chairmann; the Rev. Richard Joyner, Conetoe Family Life Center; Debra Lanham, Down East Partnership for Children; Dr. Janie Taylor, CareNet Counseling East; Cheryl Fisher, Edgecombe County Health Department; Kristin Young, MedAssist; Sharon Simons, YMCA; and Brett Van Pelt, YMCA.


From Contributed Reports

Friday, August 18, 2017

Vidant Edgecombe Hospital recently hosted its 12th annual Community Benefit Grants Reception, disbursing a total of $109,000 to 10 local community agencies.

Vidant Health’s commitment to improving the health and well-being of Eastern North Carolina includes helping people take better care of themselves before needing to be hospitalized. That’s why we make a substantial donation to the Vidant Health Foundation each year to support the Community Benefit Grants Program.

“We are so pleased to be able to support the great work of these local agencies and organizations because they greatly impact the health and wellness of our community at large,” said Wick Baker, president of Vidant Edgecombe Hospital.

The purpose of Vidant Health’s Community Benefit Grants Program is to positively impact the health of people who live in the communities we serve. The program focuses on early detection, wellness and prevention, community health initiatives and direct health care services. This is accomplished by providing education, health management tools and easier access to local programs for the people who need them most.

Each Vidant hospital has its own grants program designed to meet local needs identified by the Community Health Needs Assessments that are conducted in partnership with county health departments. The focus areas for funding at Vidant Edgecombe Hospital are chronic disease prevention and management, access to care, and mental health/substance abuse. Each hospital has a grants review committee made up of medical professionals and hospital leaders and/or community benefit staff, as well as representatives from the health department, local health coalition (such as Healthy Carolinians Partnership) and community members.

The Vidant Health Foundation has distributed well over $1 million to local programs that strive to improve the overall health of our community.

The following agencies were awarded grants:

■ Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tar River Region, Triple Play Physical Activity Program

■ CareNet Counseling East, Mental health care access

■ Conetoe Family Life Center, Healthy Living and Well-Being Program

■ Down East Partnership for Children, Healthy Families program

■ Edgecombe County Extension Center, Expanded Food Nutrition Education Program 

■ Edgecombe County Health Department, Chronic Disease Prevention Self-Management program

■ Mental Health America of Eastern Carolina, Peer Navigation Program

■ NC MedAssist, Over the Counter Medicine Give Away for Edgecombe County

■ Harrison Family YMCA,Senior Coach Approach Program for Silver Sneakers Community Medicine Foundation, Volunteers Offering Independent Care for the Elderly

At the reception, each grantee was awarded their official check and had an opportunity to share more about their programs.

The Community Benefit Grants Program demonstrates the commitment of Vidant Edgecombe Hospital to improve the health of the community beyond the walls of the hospital. The Community Benefit Grants Program grants review committee is comprised of Dr. John Brooks, chairman, Baker, Gloria Brown, Dr. Jim Winslow, Karen Lachapelle and Ginny Mohrbutter.

The Vidant Edgecombe Hospital Development Council’s purpose is to support the mission, programs and services of the hospital. The Development Council is comprised of 13 members: Chairman Kenny Parker, Tommy Anderson, Vice Chairman Billy Barnes, Linda Beaman, Dr. Barry Bunn, Tiffany Cayton, Shirley Fisher, Bill Goode, Sandra Harrell, the Rev. John Rosal, Tony Silveri, Doris Stith and Dr. Jennifer Taylor.

For more information on the Community Benefit Grants Program at Vidant Edgecombe Hospital, contact Michele Cherry, manager of grants and special projects, at 252-641-8293 or michele.cherry@vidanthealth.com.