April 28, 2016 (Sarasota, FL.)— The Healthcare Foundation has approved recent grants totaling more than $ 304,859 for this grants cycle to Sarasota Memorial Hospital, in two different departments and also to two other healthcare centric organizations.
The Foundation’s mission is to “Envision tomorrow’s healthcare today ™. It focuses largely on improvements in the areas of research, education, technology, and facilities. This cycle grants were given specifically to the SMHCS NICU and SMHCS Breast Health, Good Samaritan Pharmacy, and Multicultural Health Institute.
The largest grant in the amount of $161,000 adds 4 new “Giraffe Omnibeds” for use in the NICU with regard to premature infants care. These beds are multifunctional in nature and translate to faster, more effective ways to monitor these babies. Additionally the bed has infrared for jaundiced babies and humidity misters for babies who have not yet stabilized and who have experienced insensible water loss.
The grant for $95,000 for SMH Breast Health was granted to continue funding that provides screening and diagnostic services to those most in need cannot afford. Unlike other free mammogram programs, SMH’s Breast Health Grant Support Program ensures that all qualifying individuals receive access to the full continuum of breast health care, including follow-up diagnostic tests such as diagnostic mammograms, breast ultrasounds and breast biopsies. Through SMH’s Breast Health Grant Support Program, any grant recipient diagnosed with breast cancer will be assisted in obtaining Medicaid through the Florida Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program, and timely access to the medical surgery, treatment and care she needs.
Good Samaritan Pharmacy, a free clinic that serves uninsured and indigent populations, received a grant in the amount of $ 9,529 to purchase specific brand medications for those uninsured and financially needy that are not able to take generic due to their specific ailment. Additionally this clinic partners with SMHCS Community Medical Clinic and refers patients to SMHC Clinic for specialty testing and medical treatments when necessary.
Multicultural Health Institute, created by Dr. Lisa Merritt, MD in 1995, received a grant in the amount of $ 39,600 to continue its community outreach and education efforts throughout Sarasota. The organization focuses on healthcare disparities and underserved populations. Building on previous success of evidence based initiatives, MHI’s “healing circles” use stress management techniques to train lay people how to spread the positive message of optimal lifestyle choices that can help prevent chronic illness and where to get help when they need it.
About Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation, Inc. Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization with the mission to improve the delivery of healthcare for the Sarasota area through the acquisition and utilization of philanthropic funds. Since 1976, the Foundation has awarded more than $62 million to support patient care, research, education, state-of-the-art medical technology and facilities. For more information on how you can give to your healthcare partner call (941) 917-1286 or visit www.smhf.org or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SarasotaMemorialHealthcareFoundationInc).