Florida Hospital has awarded more than $1.5 million to five community projects that improve the health of the underserved, and address societal issues in central Florida.
“We are proud to support this year’s grant recipients, who are dedicated to improving lives in central Florida,” said Daryl Tol, president/CEO for Florida Hospital and the Central Florida Division — Adventist Health System. “And while their efforts are strengthening the well-being of our communities, we are also positively impacting the health care industry by reducing preventable medical costs.”
Florida Hospital’s Community Health Impact Council, commonly known as CHIC, announced this year’s recipient projects:
- Chronic Disease Self-Management Program: CHIC grants funding for this community-based workshop in which people with different chronic health problems learn how to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives. ($200,000)
- Community Paramedicine: Working alongside Seminole County’s Health Department, this program aims to improve the quality and access to care of patients by arranging for paramedics to follow up with them for 30 days after they are discharged from a hospital. ($190,000)
- Health Access & Physician Partnership Initiative: This program provides low-income Osceola County residents access to a diagnostic system by offering affordable rates and free services to patients as they travel through the health care continuum for further testing and treatment. It offers a holistic approach in a county where the doctor-patient ratio is two times the national average. Osceola Council on Aging launched this initiative in October 2011 with a grant from Florida Hospital, and CHIC continues to offer our support this year. ($500,000)
- Mt. Sinai Seventh-day Adventist Church Community Outreach: CHIC grants extend funding to this food cooperative which, through a centralized distribution center, brings fresh produce to communities. This co-op delivers 75,000 pounds of food per week to 14 other organizations. ($590,898)
- Community Health Centers: This program assists, monitors, and ensures continuity of care across all service levels, to medically complex and high-risk patients who are living with chronic conditions. This program overcomes the barriers to care by serving the uninsured, underinsured, and underserved. ($106,940)
Aligning with a national trend, the community paramedicine program will ensure patients discharged from the hospital have a safe environment to return to, with the knowledge and tools to care for themselves, or with the help of a caregiver. “The Florida Hospital CHIC grant will support a valuable service of connecting patients to health care in the community through a home-based community paramedicine model,” said Donna J. Walsh, health officer for the Florida Department of Health in Seminole County. “Through care provided by qualified community paramedics, this model will reduce the number of emergency room visits and hospitalizations.”
Adventist Health System | January 2018
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