|[February 11, 2014]
AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation Awards $175,200 Grant to North Georgia Healthcare Center
RINGGOLD, Ga. --(Business Wire)--
The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation's Connections for
Cardiovascular HealthSM program today announced a
grant of $175,200 to the North Georgia Healthcare Center to support its
Patient Outreach With Education and Resources (POWER) program.
The POWER program aims to provide testing and education to prevent,
diagnose and treat diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and heart
disease among the most underserved residents of North Georgia Healthcare
Center's five-county service area. The program works to break down
transportation and economic barriers by bringing free services to
communities through a mobile health unit.
"Thanks to this support from the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation, we
now have the ability to more effectively meet the needs of our community
and expand education and screenings beyond the Center," said DeLaine
Hunter, practice director and CEO, North Georgia Healthcare Center.
"This funding will allow us to focus more on preventive heart health as
opposed to treatment."
Heart disease accounts for 22 percent of all deaths in Georgia,
according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.1
The grant from the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation will help the North
Georgia Healthcare Center's efforts to improve these health statistics.
"Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in the United
States, and organizations like the North Georgia Healthare Center are
creating innovative programs to help prevent and decrease the associated
risks with this devastating disease," said James W. Blasetto, M.D., MPH,
FACC, chairman of the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation. "We are
grateful to the North Georgia Healthcare Center for its commitment to
improving heart health in their community."
The Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM
program annually awards grants of $150,000 or more to U.S.-based
nonprofit organizations working to improve cardiovascular health in
local communities. This year, the program awarded nearly $3.7 million in
grants to 19 organizations. More than $14 million in grants have been
awarded through the program since its inception in 2010.
Organizations can learn more and apply online for a Connections for
Cardiovascular HealthSM grant at www.astrazeneca-us.com/foundation.
Applications must be submitted online no later than 5 p.m. EST on Feb.
About North Georgia Healthcare Center
North Georgia Healthcare Center is a nonprofit health care center in
Ringgold, Georgia that offers medical services to North Georgia and
surrounding areas seven days a week with extended hours. Guided by core
values of integrity, compassion, and excellence, the Center seeks to
improve the health and quality of life for residents and is committed to
serving each individual with the right heart attitude every time. Learn
more at www.nghcc.com.
About AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation
Established in 1993, the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation is a Delaware
not-for-profit corporation and a 501(c)(3) entity organized for
charitable purposes, including to promote public awareness of healthcare
issues, to promote public education of medical knowledge, and to support
or contribute to charitable and qualified exempt organizations
consistent with its charitable purpose. Connections for
Cardiovascular HealthSM was launched in 2010
through a charitable contribution of $25 million from AstraZeneca.
1 Murphy, S.L., Xu, J., & Kochanek, K.D. Deaths: Final data
for 2010. National vital statistics reports; vol 61 no 4, 85-86.
Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2013.
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