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Morris Hospital Foundation awards $30,000 in grants

Thirteen agencies get funds to promote health, wellness

The Morris Hospital Foundation recently awarded 13 area agencies with $30,000 in health and wellness grants.

Through its Community Healthcare/Wellness Grant Program, the Morris Hospital Foundation has provided over $319,000 in funding in the past 10 years to improve the health and wellness of the communities served by Morris Hospital.

The grant program was originally funded through a bequest from a community member.

For 2012, several organizations received funding for automated external defibrillators (AEDs), equipment used by lay persons to deliver a “shock” to restore the heart’s normal pumping rhythm in the event of sudden cardiac arrest.

According to the American Heart Association, studies have repeatedly shown that immediate bystander CPR, plus defibrillation within three to five minutes of collapse, can improve survival from sudden cardiac arrest.

Grundy County Special Education Cooperative, Immaculate Conception Parish in Morris, Minooka Community High School, and Plattville Lutheran Church each received $1,364 to purchase an AED, while the Morris Police Department and Coal City Fire Protection District each received $2,728 toward the purchase of two AEDs.

Child Care Resource & Referral Center received $2,000 in support of its Social Emotional Learning Facilitation program.

Coal City School District Wellness Committee received $1,000 in support of a healthy food court at its Family Wellness Night.

Community Nutrition Network & Senior Services received $4,030 in support of its home delivered meal program.

The Grundy County Drug Court received $5,030 in support of mental health, medical and dental care for participants.

Morris Fire Protection & Ambulance District received $3,000 to purchase a hydraulic pump for its Hurst Extraction Tool, which is used to remove accident victims from their vehicles.

Morris Mobile Meals received $500 in support of hot, healthy meals for the homebound.

We Care of Grundy County received $3,528 in support of its prescription assistance program.

“It really is a privilege for the Morris Hospital Foundation to have the opportunity to support these wonderful local organizations,” said Ginny Kelly, vice president of development at Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers. “We thank each of them for all they are doing to keep our communities safe and healthy.”

The Morris Hospital Foundation, which is governed by a 20-member, volunteer board of directors, was established in 1994 to enhance the work of Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers.

The Foundation, through its fundraising efforts, provides donors the opportunity to make outright, as well as legacy gifts impacting both the community’s immediate and future healthcare needs.

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