Outer Banks Hospital employees gatehered for the benefit grant program

THE OUTER BANKS HOSPITAL’S COMMUNITY BENEFIT GRANTS PROGRAM AWARDS $107,500 TO LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS 

The This past June, The Outer Banks Hospital’s Development Council awarded $107,500 to 7 area non-profit organizations to provide access to healthcare in our local community.  Over the past 7 years, the Council, through its Community Benefit Grants Committee, has awarded more than $750,000 in grants to provide access to healthcare and wellness initiatives in our community. 
"It is an honor to assist these community organizations as they strive to improve the health and quality of life for people in our community," said Ronnie Sloan, Hospital President.
The Outer Banks Hospital’s Development Council and its partners, the Vidant Health Foundation in Greenville and Chesapeake Regional Medical Center, recently announced the following recipients for the 2012 Community Benefits Grants. The 2012 grant cycle runs from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013. The following organizations were awarded grants in the following amounts for a host of healthcare related intentions:
• Community Care Clinic of Dare, $38,105 for diagnostic testing and medication assistance
• Dare County Department of Health, $20,000 to underwrite the costs of prenatal ultrasounds for women who have been identified as financially in need
• Hatteras Village Medical Center, $6,075 to outfit a medical examination room including furnishings, equipment and supplies
• The Outer Banks Cancer Support Group, $5,000 for transportation assistance for medical appointments and for medication assistance
• Dare County Department of Public Health, $10,000 to provide screening and diagnostic breast cancer detection services for at risk, underserved women
• Ocracoke Health Center, $3,320 to secure an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) device and accessories for the Ocracoke Health Center. This portable device will save valuable, life-saving time in an emergency cardiac arrest situation on remote Ocracoke Island. 
• Dare County Transportation Program, $25,000 to provide additional transportation for Dare County residents to medical appointments both locally and to out of town medical facilities. 
“It’s wonderful to give back to our community and assist our local non-profit groups in providing greater access to health care programs,” said Linda Palombo, Chairman of the hospital’s Community Benefit Grants Committee.  “There is a definite need in our community and these grants bridge the gap in access to healthcare for many Dare County residents.”

About The Outer Banks Hospital Development Council
The Outer Banks Hospital Development Council is a subsidiary of the Vidant Health Foundation in Greenville.  The mission of the Council is to develop relationships and secure financial resources to support the health and wellness services of The Outer Banks Hospital.  Council members have raised funds to underwrite the costs of projects from the opening of a Cancer Resource Center and the construction of a chemotherapy mixing room to purchasing technology and equipment for the identification and treatment of cancer and other diseases.

For More Information about The Outer Banks Hospital Development Council click here. 

Pictured above from left to right, standing: Tim White, Dare County Transportation; Amy Montgomery, Director of Community Outreach at The Outer Banks Hospital; Kahla Hall, Director of Community Benefits at Vidant Health; Rick Gray, Director of The Community Care Clinic of Dare and Ronnie Sloan, FACHE, President of The Outer Banks Hospital. Seated, left to right: Laurie White, Dare County Dept. of Public Health; Martha Jones, Dare County Dept. of Public Health; Karen Rogers, The Outer Banks Cancer Support Group and Cheryl Balance, Ocracoke Health Center and Hatteras Village Medical Center.