Foundation awards $1.3M in grants

Published 11:02 pm Friday, September 21, 2018

The Obici Healthcare Foundation awarded more than $1.3 million during its fall 2018 grant cycle, the organization announced this month.

The funds were awarded to nine nonprofit partners that service the Western Tidewater and Gates County communities.

“Grants awarded in this funding cycle have a one-year timeline to ensure these partnerships continue as we transition to a new strategic grantmaking focus,” Chief Executive Officer Annette Beuchler stated in a press release.

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Western Tidewater Free Clinic will receive the largest grant in this cycle, nearly $600,000.

“We are proud to continue our partnership with the Western Tidewater Free Clinic as well as other nonprofit partners working to improve the health status of the area served by the foundation,” stated Foundation Chairman Scott Carr.

The foundation was established in 2006 using proceeds from the sale of Louise Obici Memorial Hospital to Sentara Healthcare. Since its inception, the foundation has awarded more than $46 million in grant funding.

  • Albemarle Regional Health Services was awarded $84,536 for its Gates County Behavioral Health Program. This program helps employ telehealth options for behavioral health services.
  • The Boys and Girls Club of Southeastern Virginia was awarded $25,000 for its program “Triple Play: Mind, Body and Soul.” The wellness program gives the opportunity for members to take charge of their own health and wellness.
  • The Eastern Virginia Medical School was awarded $135,073 for its EVMS Strelitz Diabetes Center Clinic at the Western Tidewater Free Clinic. The funds allow EVMS to provide consultative endocrine care to diabetic patients at the WTFC and support community diabetes screening and education.
  • ForKids was awarded $30,000 for its program “Strengthening the Safety Net.” The program supports medical and mental health coordination for their clients.
  • Girls on the Run was awarded $25,000 for their program “Healthy, Joyful, Confident Girls in Western Tidewater.” The program is used to inspire girls through an experience-based curriculum that integrates running.
  • Horizon Health Services was awarded $100,000 for the Ivor Dental Center. The center provides dental services as part of an overall integrated service delivery model for the clinic.
  • The Virginia Legal Aid Society was awarded $150,000 for Medicaid access in a transition year for Virginia. The funds will allow them to provide legal services and community outreach in preparation for the expansion in January 2019.
  • The Western Tidewater Free Clinic was awarded $595,000 to allow the clinic to continue to provide health care for the uninsured in the area.
  • The Western Tidewater Community Services Board was awarded $112,400 to add an Integrate Psychiatry and Wrap Around Care Coordinator.  The new position will provide psychiatric support to adult patients at the WTFC.