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Foundation Reaches Funding Milestone In 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Augusta Health Foundation, established by the Augusta Health Board of Directors in 2001 to support health initiatives and support partner health-improvement organizations in the community, reached a major funding milestone in 2010. After awarding single-year grants, scholarships and continuing funding of multi-year projects in 2010, Augusta Health Foundation has now donated more than $2 million back to the community. Since 2002, more than 90 area schools and organizations have received funding from the Augusta Health Foundation.

The Foundation commissioned a professional community health assessment to identify health needs in the area and shared the results of the assessment with all other organizations working on community health. "We work collectively with our many community partners to make our community a better, healthier place to live," said Linda Gail Johnson, Executive Director of Augusta Health Foundation. "It's our mission to help their missions flourish and improve the well-being of our community."

In 2010, single year grants were awarded to:

  • Blue Ridge Area Food Bank for Operation Angel Food
  • Boys & Girls Club of SAW for Triple Play
  • Central Shenandoah EMS Council for pre-hospital 12-lead ECG transmission for local EMS units
  • Family Resource and Referral Center's Project Star for supervised visits with parents of 0-3 year olds
  • Rebuilding Together for home repair and modification projects
  • Salvation Army-Staunton for their Emergency Services Program
  • Salvation Army-Waynesboro for their Emergency Services Program
  • Valley Hope Counseling Center for low-fee counseling services
  • Waynesboro Family YMCA for scholarships and support of the Friday Night Basketball Program.

Single Year Grant applications for 2011 will be available on the Augusta Health website on February 1, 2011. Deadline for application submissions will be April 15, 2011. To find the application on the website, click on 'Foundation' under the 'Our Services' tab.

In addition to funding programs through Single Year Grants, Multiyear Grants are awarded to organizations demonstrating measurable impact, especially in the areas of mental health or chronic disease. In 2010, the Multiyear Grants were awarded to Augusta Health Hospital of the Shenandoah for the Gifted Care Program, Augusta Regional Dental Clinic for dental care for low income adults, the Augusta Regional Free Clinic to support a Diabetes Management Clinic and Healthy Families of the Blue Ridge for a centralized point of entry to services, bilingual services and teen support services. Criteria for the next Multiyear Grants funding cycle will be available on the website on May 15, 2011.

Augusta Health Foundation also awards yearly scholarships to local students studying in healthcare related fields.

In 2010, scholarship recipients were:

Greater Augusta Chamber of Commerce Academic Achievers Scholarships

  • Emily Barrett, Stuarts Draft High School
  • Tate Burkholder, Riverheads High School
  • Seth Jergenson, Waynesboro High School
  • Ariel Knight Kiser, Stuarts Draft High School

Clinical Library Science Scholarships

  • Sara Angelotti
  • Stephanie Davis
  • Beth Dietzel
  • Casey Hartless
  • Amanda Outland

LPN to RN Scholarships

  • Megan McNeal Dull
  • Ashly Schroeder
  • Holly Stanberry

Dick Graham Scholarship

  • Courtney Sims

"Augusta Health Foundation is committed to improving the health of the residents in our community by working to make appropriate health care and services available to those who need them," added Johnson. "We look forward to continuing that commitment to our partners and the community in 2011 and for many years to come."

The Augusta Health Foundation is a service of Augusta Health. Augusta Health is an independent, nonprofit community hospital with a mission to promote the health and well-being of our community through access to excellent care. In 2010, it was the only hospital in Virginia—and one of only 74 of the 5000 hospitals in the United States—to receive both the Patient Safety Excellence Award and the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence from HealthGrades. These awards place Augusta Health in the top 5% of US hospitals for both patient safety and quality. For more information about Augusta Health, its programs or its services, please contact Public Relations at (540) 245-7329 or (540) 221-7329, or visit the Augusta Health website.