Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital
Rocky Mount, Va.

The Community Giving Gardens program was developed by Healthy Franklin County partners to address needs identified in the 2013 Franklin County Community Health Needs Assessment: high prevalence of obesity and the need for prevention and chronic disease management programs. This program spearheaded the development of giving gardens throughout the community, especially at community centers and in low-income neighborhoods, in order to make fresh, healthy food accessible to those who need it most in Franklin County. This project not only provides healthy food, but also educates people about gardening and cooking with fresh produce and provides fresh foods distribution system, infrastructure for gardeners throughout the community to share their excess with those in need, and ways for community centers in low income neighborhoods to have financial and labor assistance in establishing raised garden beds for use by the neighborhood. From the gardens, a supply of fresh produce is made available to the food bank distribution program where food boxes are thoughtfully made with medical conditions in mind. Food banks and soup kitchens throughout the county have also been provided with commercial refrigerators to prepare them to receive fresh produce during the growing season and other community partners have developed education about healthy eating and chronic disease management. Since the beginning of the program, through incredible support of many and varied partners, the number of gardens has grown to 12 and they have produced 15,947 pounds of fresh food for the community, far exceeding their goal of 5,000 pounds.

Centra Southside Community Hospital
Farmville, Va.

The SCOPE/Meals on Wheels program provides balanced, nutritious meals to the elderly, disabled, or homebound who have no reliable means of obtaining their daily food requirements. Our caring volunteers help alleviate the sense of isolation and worry of clients and observe their physical condition. In cooperation with the community and county agencies, we identify those in need of these services, prepare all meals, and get them ready for distribution by volunteers. During 2015, approximately 11,927 meals were provided by the hospital, at a cost of approximately $47,065.

LewisGale Hospital Alleghany
Low Moor, Va.

Staff and volunteers from LewisGale Hospital Alleghany provided assistance to those affected by devastating floods in West Virginia. Four pick-up truckloads of supplies were donated by hospital employees and a group of hospital directors went to West Virginia to participate in the hands-on, clean-up efforts. LewisGale Hospital Alleghany also donated $500 in supplies, including 49 muck cleaning kits.

LewisGale Medical Center
Salem, Va.

Rwandan Archbishop Onesphore Rwaje’s wife, Josephine was diagnosed in Rwanda with colon cancer. Archbishop Rwaje reached out to his friend, Pastor Quigg Lawrence of Roanoke, VA to share the grim diagnosis and ask for prayer and advice. Pastor Lawrence then turned to friends who turned to others, which led several surgeons and physicians from LewisGale and partnering practices to agree to take on the case as charity. LewisGale Medical Center cannot put an exact dollar amount to the value of the care provided to the Archbishop’s wife, due to the extensive care she received from various areas. However, Mrs. Rwaje successfully underwent surgery to remove the colon cancer and resect the colon using the da Vinci Robotic surgical system. This advanced technology that is not available in their native Rwanda or affordable on the couple’s meager wage as spiritual leaders in their country.

Reston Hospital Center
Reston, Va.

Reston Hospital Center prides itself on supporting our community, our staff and vital healthcare initiatives. Every year, the team at Reston Hospital Center takes special consideration in how the organization can best partner with community causes. One cause that’s close to heart for Team Reston is the support of the BAF-Aneurysm Foundation. One of Reston Hospital Center’s own employees was struck with tragedy when her son died from a sudden brain aneurysm. This employee turned her family’s tragic experience into a positive cause for awareness in the community. Reston Hospital Center also supports the Susco Family every year at the annual Susco 8K run both in financial and in-kind contributions. The team at RHC is honored to help support research for brain aneurysms and organ donation in memory of Tim Susco. In addition to supporting the BAF, Reston Hospital Center is an avid supporter of the Spinal research Foundation, Alzheimer’s Association, American Cancer Society, March of Dimes, American Diabetes Association, and the American Heart Association.

Wellmont Health System
Southwest Virginia/Eastern Tennessee

In a perfect world, our communities live healthy lives and rarely, if ever, need our services. But in reality, we at Wellmont know the importance of providing access to our services and the need to catch illness and disease early, when it is most easily treated. Through various screenings and initiatives, we improved community access to quality and affordable medical care at a direct cost of $5,761,249. Our organization also provides the Wellmont Nurse Connection, a 24-hour health information line offered at no charge to the community. Wellmont Nurse Connection receives more than 11,568 calls per month, and its direct cost is $624,590. Wellmont supports Med-Flight II, an emergency helicopter transport service operated by the Commonwealth of Virginia, by absorbing expenses of $612,757 to staff the flight nurse positions, physician fees and medical supplies. The Wellmont Health Coach is part of Wellmont’s ongoing efforts to improve the health of our communities and encourage wellness in the mountains of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Funded by community support through the Wellmont Foundation, the coach offers a host of comprehensive screenings that help identify potential health problems. The health system, in conjunction with a grant from Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tri-Cities, was able to fund the cost of mammograms for several hundred women who were underinsured or uninsured. Project Access to Breast Care is designed to reach women who live in Hawkins, Sullivan, Washington, Johnson, Unicoi, Hancock, Carter and Greene counties in Tennessee and women in Scott County, Va. To qualify, women must be between the ages of 35 and 49 and either be uninsured and financially unable to pay for a mammogram or insured and have a high deductible or co-pay that makes it financially difficult to obtain a mammogram. As a responsible corporate citizen, Wellmont honors its obligation to support the quality of life in the region it serves. Direct donations to area not-for-profit organizations totaled more than $288,632. In addition, we donated surplus equipment and supplies to area not-for-profit organizations. Through Wellmont Foundation, we partnered with Project Fit America to provide fitness equipment to several schools throughout the region. Participating schools received permanent outdoor fitness equipment, indoor mobile equipment, a curriculum, lesson plan support supplies and on-site
staff development at no cost.