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Health Care Foundation awards more than $50,000 in grants

The Health Care Foundation recently awarded $50,000 in patient comfort and care.
The Health Care Foundation recently awarded $50,000 in patient comfort and care. - Submitted

The Health Care Foundation announced the recipients of its Comfort in Care grants, which award more than $50,000 annually in funding to frontline employees of Eastern Health.

The recipients were recognized at a ceremony this week at Pleasant View Towers in St. John’s.

“The Comfort in Care program is about creating care experiences for patients and families visiting our facilities that emphasize both quality and comfort,” said foundation board chairwoman Debbie Patten in a news release.

“What we love about this program is that it allows the foundation to partner directly with frontline health care professionals to identify and fund items that will enhance a patient’s comfort, care and well-being. The response to these grants has been overwhelmingly positive, and we thank everyone who took the time to apply.”

Items funded through the program may include sleeper chairs, blanket warmers, wheelchairs, walkers, ecological items, comforters, recreational activities and other items. Some 46 grants were awarded to health care professionals for the purchase of patient comfort items this year.

Funding for the 2018 Comfort in Care grants has been provided by Johnson Insurance and the Gary Rowe Memorial Comfort in Care Fund. Donations are also received from individual donors who give to the Health Care Foundation’s Comfort In Care program.

“Johnson Insurance is proud to be a long-time supporter of the Health Care Foundation and its Comfort in Care™ program,” Bob Dowden, vice-president, Affinity Client Relations, Johnson Insurance, said in the release.

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