Our hospitals and clinics serve large metropolitan cities, small towns and rural communities from the ocean to the mountains.
Our organization helps sponsor hundreds of community and statewide organizations and events. In 2010, our health system invested approximately $4 million in community agencies and programs. Following are some examples of the diverse organizations that benefit from our sponsorships:
Adolescent obesity program
Rowan Regional Medical Center partnered with Rowan-Salisbury Schools, YMCA of Rowan County and Food Lion to launch a health and fitness program to combat childhood obesity. Fit for Motion teaches second grade students and their families how to lead healthy lifestyles. Initially launched at three local elementary schools, the program now serves approximately 1,000 students in 12 schools. It helps children learn more about healthy behaviors and incorporate better choices into their daily lives. The hospital donates supplies, body mass index (BMI) scales and staff time. The hospital also participates in BMI testing for all second graders in Rowan County Schools, as part of Fit for Motion.
World Medical Mission
Novant donates supplies to the World Medical Mission sponsored by the Franklin Graham Missionary Group. These supplies are frequently outdated in a fast-changing American healthcare system but still valuable to countries struggling to provide basic healthcare needs. We have donated catheters, eye surgery supplies, diagnostic imaging supplies, IV equipment and other medical supplies.
Communities in Schools
Thomasville Medical Center partners with Thomasville, Lexington and Davidson County Schools to help ensure that basic health needs of children are met. The program helps provide supplies to school nurses for the health rooms and to children for daily living needs such as combs, deodorant and shampoo. Thomasville also supports the Teen Pep Program, which trains students to mentor other teens to stay in school. Teen PEP peer educators reach an average of 300 to 400 middle and high school students with these outreach workshops. At the conclusion of the class students host a Teen PEP Family night where they address issues surrounding parent/teen communication about sex.
Support for Ghana Hospital
Hundreds of women die from childbirth in Ghana, Africa each year from serious conditions that are usually considered treatable or even avoidable in the West. In Ghana, however, overcrowded hospitals and a lack of access to specialized training make these high-risk conditions even more dangerous. Three nurses from Ridge Hospital in Accra, Ghana trained at Forsyth Medical Center's Sara Lee Center for Women's Health to learn new ways to treat their country's high-risk pregnancy patients. This initiative is part of an ongoing exchange established in 2004 by Kybele, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving childbirth conditions worldwide. Physicians and nurses from Forsyth have also visited Ghana as part of this exchange.
Community Care Center
Forsyth Medical Center provided $270,000 of funding in 2010 to support this important community resource. Forsyth Medical Center and Novant Health also donate the use of a medical office building to the Forsyth-Stokes-Davie Medical Society to support the free Community Care Center. In addition, Forsyth arranges for free lab testing for the center's patients. The center provides medical care and treatment to people without adequate health insurance; the majority of its patients are Hispanic and other minorities. Novant physicians and employees and others from the community help staff the center.
Established by Presbyterian Healthcare, The Solomon House serves the porr and uninsured in the Lake Norman area by providing free health education and referrals to local community resources in the communities of Huntersville, Cornelius, Davidson and Mooresville. The Solomon House works closely with churches and human service agencies to provide full access to health and human services for people who may not already have linkages or know where to turn. In 2010, The Solomon House provided more than 9,000 people with health screenings, educational programs, support groups and referrals to healthcare providers, free community clinics and social services agencies. These programs are supported by funds from Presbyterian Healthcare, our own employees, statewide foundations and contributions from local individuals and faith communities.
"Learn Well. Be Well!"
This youth leadership development program sponsored by Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville and Presbyterian Healthcare partners with physicians to promote healthy lifestyles to students and teachers in the Huntersville community. Learn Well. Be Well! targets 2nd, 6th and 9th grade students as well as teachers at three schools. Presbyterian Healthcare along with our community partners, Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatic Center, Huntersville Parks & Recreation and Discovery Place Kids work with leadership at each school to choose health topics that include hand hygiene, flu, stress management and peer pressure. Physicians and other healthcare professionals educate teachers about ways to help their students cope with problems, as well as when to seek help for themselves or students.
County Employee Lunch and Learn
Franklin Regional Medical Center provides health related speakers on a quarterly basis at the hospital for county employees. The Louisburg hospital also hosts other local groups and events, such as the Relay for Life survivor's dinner, Department of Social Services and the annual Ladies Night Out educational program.
Matthews Free Medical Clinic
Presbyterian Hospital Matthews donates diagnostic imaging services to the Matthews Health Clinic which is an independent program serving the uninsured. Presbyterian's laboratory services partner, Carillion, contributes free testing to the clinic. In addition, Presbyterian's pharmacy department provides support to the clinic and other Novant employees conduct food drives for the clinic's patients.
Sara Lee Center for Women's Health Community Outreach
The Center at Forsyth Medical Center (FMC) is one of the largest birthing centers on the East coast. One aspect of its mission is to reach out to women with health services and education. Following are some of the Sara Lee Center for Women's Health 2010 initiatives: free monthly Women's Health Seminar series (featuring topics sush as incontinence, depression, menopause, cancer, chronic pain, nutrition, sleep, stroke and infertility); mobile osteoporosis screening program, available to visit employers and community organizations; infant and child CPR classes in both English and Spanish; Healthy Family Adolescent weight issues; Girls on the Run program for 3rd-5th graders; perinatal bereavement program for grieving parents and annual Walk to Remember; and the Spanish language women's health public service radio show on Que Pasa and in a newspaper series. In addition, the Sara Lee Center for Women's Health has collaborated with the Winston-Salem Forsyth County and Davie County school systems to calculate body mass indexes of more than 10,000 children, to help parents identify if their children are at risk of being overweight or underweight. The Sara Lee Center for Women's Health also operates the Hanesbrands Health Learning Center in the lobby of FMC. The Learning Center provides free credible health information to patients, visitors and the community. Free health screenings are also offered weekly in the Health Learning Center.