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At Lancaster General Health, our mission is advance the health and well-being of the communities we serve. We take seriously our responsibility to care for all, and we are proud to play a significant role in contributing to the health of our community.

As part of this commitment, we support those that can help us extend health-care services, education and community needs locally, nationally and internationally. Oftentimes we turn to our employees to help us identify those in need.

Throughout the year, the Penn Medicine CAREs Grant program awards grants to employees on behalf of a not-for-profit organization for which they volunteer. The grants can be used for the purchase of supplies and resources needed to perform work to improve a community.

LG Health is proud to announce recent Penn Medicine CAREs Grant recipients:

Deron Benedict, Habitat for Humanity
Deron's grant supports the Home Repairs Program of Habitat for Humanity, which enables homeowners to make critical repairs to their houses. Habitat for Humanity is working with the Southwest Lancaster community partnership to provide as many repairs as possible and to help bring strength, stability and independence to families that wish to remain in their homes.

Lynn Beuerle, Middle Creek Search and Rescue
Middle Creek Search and Rescue (MIDSAR) is a team of trained volunteers that provide search and rescue operations and community outreach programs in South Central Pennsylvania. MIDSAR searches for and helps locate children and adults who are lost, missing or in distress. The team does not charge for its services and is available at any time. Lynn's funding will be used for office supplies, thermal imagers, and First Aid training.

Dr. Fred Beyer, Surgical/Ob/Gyn Care in Tanzania
Since 1996, Dr. Beyer has been traveling to a small rural hospital in Shirati, Tanzania as a part of Friends of Shirati, a not-for-profit based in Lancaster. In January 2019, Dr. Beyer returned to Tanzania with an Ob/Gyn to help serve the Tanzanian people. His Penn Medicine CAREs grant enabled him to bring antibiotics and surgical supplies to this underserved area.

Dr. Vinesh Dedhia, Medical English as a Second Language Program
Dr. Dedhia's grant will cover the cost of Spanish textbooks and practice examinations offered through the Literacy Council of Lancaster-Lebanon. The medical ESL program provides an opportunity for 250 well-trained, recently relocated medical professional from Cuba the opportunity to learn English, take the U.S. Medical Licensing Exams and re-enter the health-profession.

Jennifer Fimiani, Orthopedic Hospital in Rural Haiti
The MIVO Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing support to the people of Haiti, especially the severely underprivileged. Two years after the 2010 earthquake, the MIVO Foundation built and opened an orthopedic clinic to care for the countless number of people in need of treatment. Jennifer's grant will help purchase a 60 kW generator to provide consistent electricity for the clinic.

Sherry Gassert, Daily Living Needs
Sherry's grant will go toward purchasing daily living supplies - such as soap, shampoo, deodorant and toothpaste- for people who use Ferris Wheel Clothing Banks' services. The Bank is located near Lancaster General Hospital and services 150-200 people per month.

Mary Harnish, Bench Mark Program
The Bench Mark Program uses fitness to connect young adults with mentors, academic resources and tools for career development. The program operates a weight-lifting gym facility in Lancaster City that services at-risk teens and young men that are referred from the Department of Juvenile Probation, Lancaster County Children and Youth Agency and the School District of Lancaster. Mary's funds will go to purchase a strider desk that allows the students to move their legs while focusing on homework.

Noemi Martinez, Momma C's Community Kitchen
Momma C's Kitchen is a program sponsored by Ebenezer Baptist Church in Lancaster, which provides free meals on the first Wednesday of each month. Noemi's funds will go toward buying a commercial reach-in refrigerator to store food at a safe temperature, which would allow the program to serve an increasing number of people in need.

Eileen Sosa, OutreachPARAGUAY
Eileen is the director of OutreachPARAGUAY, a not-for-profit organization that brings groups of medical and nursing professionals and students to Paraguay. In the nation's resource-poor communities, they conduct service-learning projects, participate in health outreach programs and learn about the delivery of health care throughout Paraguay, Eileen's grant also goes toward purchasing books that are given to school libraries in the country.

Dr. Bret Daniels, Haiti Outreach Ministries
Dr. Daniels has volunteered at a medical clinic in Cité Soleil, Haiti, where Haiti Outreach Ministries collaborates with its Haitian counterpart to staff the clinic with volunteer healthcare providers. The clinic is the only medical facility in an impoverished city of 300,000 people. Dr. Daniel's grant will help provide medications, including antibiotics.

David Leeking, MOOS Nonprofit Care Program
MOOS is a self-supporting non-profit enrichment program sponsored by Covenant United Methodist Church and Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster. MOOS provides a safe, fun, and nurturing place for students at Robert Fulton Elementary School in the morning before the school opens. David's grant goes toward supplies for activities, housekeeping, snacks, incentive prizes, publicity needs and other related purposes.

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