Grant Awards

The Blue Ridge HealthCare Foundation continually seeks funding from granting organizations to support worthwhile hospital and community programs. Some of our recent awards are listed below:

Duke Endowment - Blue Ridge HealthCare Foundation, in partnership with The Good Samaritan Clinic, has received a $500,000 grant from The Duke Endowment to fund the development of a collaborative network of health care for the uninsured whose incomes are between 100% - 200% of the Federal Poverty Level.

Community Foundation of Burke County - Awarded funds to provide comprehensive training to local athletic coaches to reduce the incidence of head and neck injuries among youth athletes.

Duke Endowment – The Duke Endowment recently awarded the Blue Ridge HealthCare Foundation funds to extend the Burke Health Solutions program until December 2015. Burke Health Solutions (BHS) is a community collaborative of safety net providers and community partners established in 2009 to develop a comprehensive and coordinated system of care for the 11,000 uninsured adults living in Burke County (Source: NC Institute of Medicine). Over the last four years the program has created a more streamlined system of care that simultaneously increases access and reduces the overall economic burden of providing healthcare at little or no cost to the uninsured.

Cannon Foundation – The Blue Ridge HealthCare Foundation was awarded funds from the Cannon Foundation to expand Blue Ridge Family Practice facilities allowing more space for Graduate Medical Education students to practice while providing better access to care. Construction on the project was completed in 2013 adding ten examination rooms, two nurses stations, a multi-purpose conference room, and physician workspace. This expansion has opened up 4000 appointment slots per year and allowed the physicians to implement innovative treatment plans including group visits and educational sessions.

Burke Women's Fund – In partnership with Forest Hill Elementary, the Blue Ridge HealthCare Foundation was awarded funds to develop and implement a program for select elementary school girls to improve self-esteem and provide guidance and direction to a future career in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) field. The program, titled Lean In Go Far, began in March 2014 with a small group of young ladies. The girls participated in educational field trips and explored different careers and activities in STEM subjects. The program will continue in the fall of 2014 with plans for continuation, expansion and replication in the future. For more information on the Lean In Go Far program, call 828-437-5906.

Sun Trust Foundation – Funds were awarded to the Blue Ridge HealthCare Foundation to purchase a portable training room for the sports medicine program at Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge. These training rooms will be housed in the Sports Medicine Center bus allowing for transport to community sporting events where training rooms are not available and for use at school events to provide on field access to necessary medical equipment.

NC Quality Center – The NC Quality Center recently awarded the Blue Ridge HealthCare Foundation funds to expand the Care Transitions Program at Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge. These funds will allow for additional staff and resources to reduce overall readmission rates of moderate to high risk patients.

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