SPARTANBURG — Slightly more than $120,000 of the $695,000 in grants recently awarded by the Spartanurg Regional Foundation will be spent on improving health care services in Union County.
In a statement released this morning, the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System announced that a total of $695,000 in Spartanburg Regional Foundation grants had been awarded to 27 organizations providing health and wellness services to the residents of the Upstate.
The press release states that because of the grants “an individual who experienced a stroke will now have access to a motor vehicle simulator to test their driving skills. A family whose child was diagnosed with cancer will receive financial support for transportation to treatment. Young girls in Spartanburg will learn about self-respect and healthy living.”
Kristy Caradori, Executive Director of the Spartanburg Regional Foundation, said that “we are proud to support nonprofits and healthcare system programs that make Spartanburg healthier. We are grateful to our community for the opportunity to give back to improve health and wellness.”
The Founation recognized the grant recipients during a ceremony this morning at the Piedmont Club in Spartanburg. The recipients included three health and wellness services providers in Union County including:
• Ellen Sagar Nursing Center which received $53,234 to help fund an outdoor courtyard for its 113 residents. Ellen Sagar is a long-term healthcare center and provides physical, occupational, and speech therapy.
• Union Medical Center Emergency Department which received $13,000 to help purchase 10 televsions for exam rooms and the Emergency Department waiting room.
• Union Medical Center Pharmacy which received $54,623 to help purchase an Acudose cabinet for the after-hours pharmacy area.
Other grant recipients include:
• Boys and Girls Clubs of the Upstate which received $16,000 for a healthy lifestyles program at the Mary H. Wright Elementary School Boys and Girls Club of the Upstate, located in Spartanburg. This program will aid up to 200 children in first through fifth grades.
• Charles Lea Center Foundation which received $8,575 for four telehealth tool kits on the Charles Lea Center campus. Telehealth is a service in which patients can speak to a doctor via computer or phone if they cannot get to a doctor’s office. The Charles Lea Center provides services to help improve the quality of life of those with disabilities and special needs.
• Girls on the Run of Spartanburg which received $5,000 for two sites, allowing 20 girls from third to fifth grades to attend 20 lessons in preparation for a 5k race. Girls on the Run of Spartanburg teaches girls about self-respect and healthy living.
• Greater St. James Temple Holiness Church, Inc. which received $7,000 for medical supplies, equipment and cabinetry for the church’s health room and outreach program. Greater St. James Temple is located in Inman.
• Greer Relief and Resources Agency which received $7,000 for a homeless prevention program for disabled and/or elderly members of Greer, Taylors, Duncan, Lyman and Wellford. The program aids participants through individual case management, matching participants to resources and agencies for further help with financial support. Financial support can include utility bills, rent or mortgages.
• Healthy Smiles of Spartanburg which received $14,475 to expand access to preventive and restorative dental health care via a mobile dental clinic. Children from ages four to 18 in Spartanburg County will be served.
• Medical Group of the Carolinas — Weight Loss Services which received $3,000 for a portable total-body composition analyzer to measure patients’ weight and instantly calculate body fat percentage and body water percentage, in addition to body mass index (BMI).
• Mental Health America of Spartanburg County which received $6,000 for resource materials and other supplies to support first aid training for 300 individuals who work with behavioral health patients.
• Middle Tyger Community Center which received $5,000 to expand the capacity of the clinic that provides patients with counseling and prescriptions.
• Pelham Medical Center — Education which received $62,987 to support the purchase of one SimMan Essential Manikin and accessories. The SimMan is a form of clinical training using an interactive human-like machine that simulates breathing, a beating heart and blood circulation.
• Piedmont Care which received $15,000 for community education on HIV and AIDS prevention. Piedmont Care works throughout Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union counties to fight the spread of HIV and AIDS and provide care and education.
• SAFE Homes — Rape Crisis Coalition which received $4,000 to help fund a conference to educate professionals on interpersonal violence. SAFE Homes education empowers community members so they can provide help to a friend being abused, speak out about abuse or act as an engaged bystander.
• Spartanburg Medical Center — Transitional Unit which received $150,000 to support a new early admissions transitional unit that will decrease wait times for Emergency Center patients. The telemetry unit will improve the patient transport from the Emergency Center to their point of care. A telemetry unit is an area where machines are used to help monitor patients, such as changes in blood pressure or rhythm of the heart.
• Spartanburg Medical Center — Rehabilitation Services which received $75,000 for the purchase of two driving simulators to help determine if patients who have suffered from injuries or illnesses such as strokes or concussions are ready to drive a motor vehicle.
• Spartanburg Medical Center — Trauma which received $10,338 for the purchase of equipment for the Stay Active and Independent for Life fitness class to help older adults with balance.
• Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System — Medical Staff which received $32,500 for a plan to combat burnout and promote wellness among physicians and clinical staff.
• Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System — Corporate Education which received $55,384 for the purchase of an adult simulation manikin for the Simulation Lab.
• Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System — Safe Kids Spartanburg which received $22,825 for an opportunity for 15 certified child passenger safety technicians to attend a class on proper child restraint evaluation and will provide child seats for families of children with special healthcare needs.
• St. Luke’s Free Medical Clinic which received $31,560 for patients’ life-sustaining medications. St. Luke’s offers primary medical care, physician-ordered medications, pastoral support and patient education for uninsured residents of Spartanburg County.
• The Children’s Security Blanket which received $2,500 for a feasibility study on expanding their services into Cherokee and Union Counties. The Children’s Security Blanket provides financial support to families with a child who is diagnosed with cancer.
• The Walker Foundation which received $5,305 for the purchase of specialized equipment for special needs students to help healthcare professionals assess and monitor these students in a more efficient manner. The Walker Foundation supports programs at the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind.
• TOTAL Ministries which received $5,000 for patient medications. TOTAL Ministries is a Christian ministry that assists families in financial crisis. Assistance can come in the form of preventing loss of utilities, providing heat during the winter, providing food or covering medical costs.
• Transportation Service Bureau which received $23,108 for a matching grant to fund the purchase of a replacement wheelchair-accessible bus. The Transportation Service Bureau helps individuals travel to health and human services, to jobs, the grocery store or the library.
• Upstate Stand Down which received $6,585 for prescriptions, glasses, hearing aids and other supplies to assist veterans. Upstate Stand Down assists homeless veterans, veterans at risk of homelessness or veterans in need.
Spartanburg Regional Foundation is a charitable organization whose primary mission is to benefit the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System through direct support and support of community programs and services that share Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System’s mission of providing quality health care to our community.
Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) offers a full spectrum of services through three hospitals: Spartanburg Medical Center, Pelham Medical Center and Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care. SRHS provides unparalleled oncological care through the Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute. The multidisciplinary Medical Group of the Carolinas has more than 300 physicians across seven counties in two states. SRHS employs nearly 6,000 associates and offers outpatient surgery centers, a vibrant post-acute division, a Level I Trauma Center, and Advicare, a licensed Health Maintenance Organization (HMO). Advicare provides Medicaid services to residents throughout the state of South Carolina. U.S. News and World Report ranked Spartanburg Medical Center the No. 1 regional hospital in South Carolina. The Commission on Cancer gave Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute its Outstanding Achievement Award. The American Nurses Association lists SRHS among the nation’s top 7 percent of hospitals for excellence in nursing.
This story courtesy of the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.