September 19, 2002

Hospital Receives $150,000 Grant From Missouri Foundation For Health

A $150,000 grant will make it possible for Scotland County Memorial Hospital to cure a nagging humidity problem in the operating room and replace other outdated equipment.

The Missouri Foundation For Health approved 15 grants totaling more than $2 million to community organizations serving the underinsured and uninsured in the Foundation region which encompasses 84 counties and the City of St. Louis.

The grant to SCMH will allow the facility to replace the air conditioning system that serves the operating room. The system had been in place since the hospital's inception in 1969.

In addition the grant funds will be used to purchase a new sterilizing machine for use in the operating room. The device sterilizes instruments used by the physicians.

The hospital board had been considering funding options for the project, which had been considered a priority this year due to the addition of surgeon Celeste Miller and the increase in procedures performed in the OR.

The hospital administration and staff completed the two-stage grant application process and learned of its success earlier this month.

The funding will pay for a formal engineering report on the humidity issue and will provide the proper mechanical specifications to allow the new air conditioning system to be ordered and installed in order to cure the humidity issue.

Of the 15 grants issued by the foundation "Strengthening the Core" initiative grants those designed to enable agencies to maintain and expand already established services - topped the list with 13 approvals in September. The most popular initiative to date of the

three initiatives, the Foundation has received more than 140 proposals in this area.

The most obvious reason for the high volume is the uniqueness of these grants. Most foundations do not give out funds for core needs such as infrastructure. $8-$10 million is the projected goal for Foundation grantmaking this year.

With the August and September approvals and the large mass of proposals that continue to come in, this will be an easily met goal.

"We've had our 300th proposal come in this week," said Dr. James Kimmey, president and

CEO. "This shows the tremendous need in the region we serve, and we are gratified to be able to help meet that need through our grants."

Funding in three initiative areas will continue. Applications are being accepted on a rolling deadline basis for the remainder of 2002. The three initiative areas include:

Cardiovascular/Diabetes Pre-vention Program Initiative - To strengthen existing prevention activities, support activities limiting progression of both conditions and their complications, and foster development of new efforts.

Strengthening the Core Initiative - To support organizations already delivering services to the uninsured and underinsured for projects strengthening activities that meet

an identified community need, that are ongoing, and that have a track record of success.

Services Improvement Pro-gram Initiative - To increase access to care for the uninsured and underinsured focusing on the efficiency and quality of care, as well as maximizing resources.

The Missouri Foundation For Health is the largest health care foundation in the state. Current assets stand at $850 million. Grantmaking began last month with the approval of more than $2.6 million to applicable organizations.

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