NAGS HEAD, N.C.—The Outer Banks Hospital Development Council, through its Community Benefits and Health Initiative Grants Program, recently awarded $142,500 to 11 area agencies, which represents a 32-percent increase over last year’s funding. However, more than twice the number of agencies applied for funding. The grants were made possible by University Health Systems Foundation, Chesapeake Regional Medical Center and the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust.

“It is both exciting and fulfilling to see the Development Council’s grants program touch and transform the lives of people in our community,” said Van Smith, President of The Outer Banks Hospital. “Our mission is not only to treat the injured and sick, but also to promote health and wellness.”

This year, the Development Council expanded its outreach to include Currituck and Hyde Counties for the 2009–2010 grant year cycle funding. “We retained our three focus areas—substance abuse prevention, access to healthcare and nutrition/wellness and know that the goal of each of our grant recipients is to increase the health and wellbeing of their communities,” said Charles Hardy, Chairman of the Development Council.

Projects receiving funding included:

  • Community Care Clinic of Dare, $35,000 to underwrite the costs of diagnostic services.
  • Dare CASA, $10,000 to partially fund the salary of the Program Coordinator.
  • Dare County Department of Public Health, $30,000 to underwrite the costs of ultrasounds and mammograms for women who have been identified as financially in need, uninsured or underinsured.
  • Food Bank of the Albemarle, $10,000 to underwrite the costs of an additional mobile food pantry in Hyde County.
  • Food For Thought, $11,000 to increase the number of children served.
  • Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation, $5,000 to cover the costs of transportation and lodging for cancer patients for medical care.
  • Interfaith Community Outreach, $6,000 to assist with providing health related gap services for the working poor and their family members.
  • NC Cooperative Extension/Dare County, $15,500 to underwrite 50% of the salary and benefits for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) Assistant.
  • Outer Banks Cancer Support Group, $5,000 for financial assistance for cancer patients and their families for transportation for medical care and assistance with emergency medicine.
  • Outer Banks Hotline, $5,000 to provide individual and/or group counseling.
  • Yellow House Ministry, $10,000 for substance abuse prevention.

“The grant funding we received from the Outer Banks Hospital Development Council will allow the Community Care Clinic to continue providing quality care for our patients by covering the cost of diagnostic tests,” said Jennifer Allen McNinch. Interim Director of the Community Care Clinic of Dare. “Our partnership with The Outer Banks Hospital is an essential element to our continued success,” added McNinch.

“In true Dare County fashion, the community spirit exemplified in how these grant funds are put to use is truly outstanding. It is a wonderful example of a collaboration between partner agencies where Dare County’s uninsured are the ultimate winners!” noted McNinch.

The Outer Banks Hospital Development Council is a subsidiary of University Health Systems 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 a Cancer Resource Center located in the Medical Office Building adjacent to the hospital to purchasing technology and equipment for the identification and treatment of cancer and other diseases.

Photo note: From left to right: Gail Hodges, Outer Banks Hospital Development Council member; Christine Jackle, Community Care Clinic of Dare; Jennifer Allen McNinch. Interim Director, Community Care Clinic of Dare; and Margaret Wells, Outer Banks Hospital Board Member and Chair of the Community Benefits Grants Committee.