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Parkview grants $150,000 to organizations

Posted: Friday, December 16, 2011

Parkview Huntington Hospital has identified four compatible organizations in Huntington County to receive a share of approximately $150,000 in Community Health Improvement funds for 2012. The organizations, which meet the hospital’s guidelines for being able to work collaboratively and proactively to improve the health of the community, are:

• Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County
• Community and Family Services, Inc.
• United Way of Huntington County
• Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County

To be eligible, the organizations had to demonstrate how they address specific community health needs and show that they are able to measure the specific improvements their programs contribute to community health.

Included in the grant total are four additional end-of-year grants made to the Wabash County Free Medical Clinic (85 Hope), Huntington North High School, Huntington County United Economic Development and United Way of Huntington County.

Of the four community partners identified with bullet points above, the Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County has provided programs for hundreds of children each year since opening in 2001. Its share of funds will be used to promote its SMART (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training) Moves program. The program teaches abstinence from substance abuse and adolescent sexual involvement by practicing resistance and refusal skills for at-risk youths from the ages of six to 16.

Community and Family Services, Inc., plans to use its funds to continue the work of the Huntington County Free Health Clinic. The clinic provides acute and chronic healthcare for all Huntington County citizens who are otherwise unable to obtain healthcare due to a lack of financial resources and/or health insurance coverage.

The United Way of Huntington County has long been a promoter of health and wellness in the community. The United Way will use its share of funds to continue its Health and Wellness Committee programs, first funded in 2006 by the Indiana Association of United Ways. Its wellness programs educate and raise awareness about the importance of fitness and eating healthy by targeting youths and families, and include, among many other programs: Eat Your Way to Better Health; Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Bar for elementary students; and Cooking With Love.

The Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County provides programs and services to assist youths and families and the challenges they face associated with childhood, adolescence and early adulthood. Two programs offered by the organization will be funded by the grant funds, the On Your Way Up Program and the Teen Suicide Prevention program.

On Your Way Up is an incentive program that provides support, education and guidance to young parents in an effort to promote healthy life choices for the parents and the child. The Teen Suicide Education Program provides education directed to Huntington County middle school and high school children on warning signs, appropriate action steps and resources available related to suicide.

“Several very worthy organizations in the community were considered, and these four continue to meet the criteria we’ve established to identify community partners,” said Darlene Garrett, Parkview Huntington Hospital chief operating officer. “We are confident that they will impact the health of Huntington County in a very positive way for years to come.”

End-of-year grant recipient 85 Hope will use its share of grant funds to help with operating expenses, including continuation of quality healthcare services provided at the clinic. 85 Hope was founded when a number of medical professionals in Wabash County recognized the need for a free clinic.

The name 85 Hope is a combination of the county license plate number, 85, which identifies a plate registered in Wabash County, and the word “Hope.” The clinic has adopted the phrase “Bringing Hope Through Healthcare to Wabash County.”

The clinic officially opened December 1 of this year, after many months of planning. The director, Laura Helm, a former teacher and pastor, has been the clinic’s director since September.

Parkview Huntington Hospital’s end-of-year grant to Huntington North High School, combined with a grant from Orthopaedics NorthEast (ONE), will be used to purchase a new digital scoreboard for the school’s football and track programs. The scoreboard will replace the existing scoreboard currently in use at Kriegbaum Field, which is 28 years old.

The scoreboard is 15 ½ feet tall and 18 feet wide, and features a four-color digital message center. The scoreboard will be installed following the 2012 track season and be operative for the 2012-13 school year. The old scoreboard will be donated to a local organization yet to be determined.

As co-sponsors of the scoreboard, Parkview Huntington Hospital and ONE will have their logos displayed below the scoreboard. ONE’s SportONE program provides certified athletic trainers for HNHS’s athletic programs. The athletic trainers offer training support as well as injury diagnosis and rehabilitation.

Huntington County United Economic Development will use its share of end-of-year grant funds to support ongoing operations, and United Way of Huntington County will use its share of funds to support various United Way programs.

Parkview Huntington Hospital supports the local community through gifts to local agencies in order to fulfill Parkview’s mission to improve the health of the community. Parkview Huntington Hospital’s Community Health Improvement Program is funded annually through a tithe of the hospital’s net income. As the community’s only non-profit hospital, Parkview chooses to give to programs that have a positive impact on the health of Huntington County residents.

Parkview Huntington Hospital has chosen four non-profit organizations in Huntington County to partner with to improve the health of the community. Partner-organization representatives and Parkview Huntington Hospital officials are, from left: Ira Bencun, coordinator, On Your Way Up store, Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County; Ryan Beeching, coordinator, Safe Place, Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County; Mandy Reber, executive director, Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County; Rick Baker, chair, Parkview Huntington Hospital board of directors; Tom Karst, member, Parkview Huntington Hospital board of directors; Darlene Garrett, chief operating officer, Parkview Huntington Hospital; Tai Felger, coordinator, Parkview Community Health Improvement; Geoff Frank, community services specialist, Community and Family Services, Inc.; Jenna Strick, executive director, United Way of Huntington County; Sharon Kay, director, Huntington County Free Health Clinic; Megan Bobay, member, United Way Health and Wellness Committee; and Todd Latta, member, United Way Health and Wellness Committee.