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:
Jon Echterling, LVAD Patient Transportation
LG Health has patients who live day-to-day being supported by an artificial heart, called a left ventricular assist device (LVAD). Close outpatient follow-up is required, and the frequency of trips can also cause a financial burden as many LVAD patients use public transportation for appointments. Jon's grant helps provide them instead with secure and timely rides through transportation systems like Uber or Lyft.
Nicole Fanus, Meals on Wheels
Nicole, who has been a volunteer with Meals on Wheels of Lancaster County for six years, is directing her grant toward the hiring a consulting dietitian to aid in developing a menu for the project. The goal is to meet participants’ dietary needs by creating therapeutic-diet meals in-house instead of using a costly outside vendor, which would allow Meals on Wheels to expand its offerings and control the quality of food.
Duane Furman, Katallasso Family Health Center
Duane volunteers at the Katallasso Family Health Center, a non-profit free health clinic in York, PA. The clinic provides high-quality health care for the uninsured community of York and surrounding counties. Duane's grant goes to help meet the need for patient education, medications, and general care, which also includes dental care and optometry care.
Dawn Horst, Cribs for Kids
In 2006, Lancaster General Hospital partnered with the Healthy Mother, Healthy Baby Coalition to form the Lancaster County Chapter of Cribs for Kids. LGH has housed and offered administrative support to the all-volunteer chapter through the Hospital's Healthy Beginnings Plus Program. Cribs for Kids seeks to reduce infant mortality by educating families on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and accidental suffocation of infants. The program distributes educational information to encourage parents and caregivers to provide safe sleep locations and positions for their infants. Dawn's grant goes toward the purchase of Safe Sleep Survival Kits. They include Pack 'n Play cribs, which are portable, compact, and easy to assemble.
Jo Ann Miller, Anabaptist Stop the Bleed
This initiative benefits K-12 teachers and students in Lancaster County, including those at Old Order Amish and Mennonite schools. The project's goal is to provide the tools necessary to assist during incidents that threaten the safety and lives of schoolchildren. The project also serves the community by educating students and teachers about the basics of first aid and hemorrhage control. Members of the trauma team donate their time and expertise to benefit the community. The grant funding goes to purchase supplies for preparing first aid and tourniquet kits.
Lindy Newswanger, Ryan's Case for Smiles
Lindy sews pillowcases for children who are admitted to the hospital. They are usually made of fun or comforting prints, and the children are able to choose which pillowcase following admission. The pillowcases can bring the children comfort during their stays, and they are able to take them home when they leave. Lindy does her sewing in conjunction with Ryan's Case for Smiles, a nonprofit that sends pillowcases to Lancaster General Hospital for its pediatric patients. Her grant helps with the cost of fabrics.