National Community Health Improvement Week began June 1 and runs through June 8. It’s a week Parkview LaGrange Hospital looks forward to every year as it directly reflects the hospital’s mission. Parkview LaGrange Hospital, along with all of Parkview Health, centers on one essential commitment: improving the health of the communities it serves. As a not-for-profit organization, Parkview LaGrange reinvests its resources into services and programs that directly impact the health and well-being of people of all ages.
Parkview’s Community Health Improvement (CHI) Program was established in 1998 and serves as a means to give something back to the communities served by the health system. Each hospital returns a portion of its annual operating surplus to its local community through community benefit funding and activities.
During 2012, Parkview LaGrange Hospital’s CHI program partnered with other not-for-profit agencies to provide services to at-risk populations. LaGrange CHI outreach included grants to support:
· CASA to ensure mentoring and support for children involved in the legal system as a result of abuse or neglect.
· Prairie Heights’ “Boomerang Backpack Program,” assuring that children enrolled in the free lunch program would have adequate nourishment on weekends.
· Westview School Corporation’s “Fitness4Life” walking program, providing incentives for middle school children to get out and walk each week
· Health and safety education for school children through EMS Camp and the Amish Health Fair.
· Annual pre-participation physical exams for middle school and high school students of LaGrange County – including an electrocardiogram to check for any signs of heart disease.
· LaGrange Clothes and Food Basket’s ability to access matching funds through the LaGrange Community Foundation, increasing the number of families and individuals that could be assisted.
· Elijah Haven’s programs to provide housing and support for women and their children at risk in abusive relationships.
· Support for the Kenny-Burkett Free Clinic and their services to uninsured residents of LaGrange County.
· The hospital’s Medication Assistance Program (MAP) providing vouchers for emergency medicines and assistance with obtaining free or discounted maintenance medications for people who are uninsured or underinsured.
· LaGrange County Council on Aging operations, providing essential services and resources to senior citizens of LaGrange County.
Not-for-profit agencies whose missions are aligned with Parkview LaGrange Hospital’s CHI mission are welcome to apply for grant funding. Grant recipients in the current year are not guaranteed funding going forward. Grant applications for 2014 will be available online in late June through the parkview.com website. For more information, agencies should contact Jen Will by phone at (260) 463-9090 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.