River Valley Health Foundation Awards Grant

Group gives $50K to National Church Residences

Photo Provided Presenting the River Valley Health Foundation’s $50,000 grant to National Church Residences are, from left, Orphy Klempa, chairman of the foundation’s board; Peggy Hickenbottom, National Church Residences transportation director; Cynthia Morrison, the foundation’s executive director; and Pete Holloway, secretary-treasurer of the foundation’s board.

The River Valley Health Foundation has awarded a $50,000 grant to National Church Residences.

The funds will support non-emergency health-related transportation services to residents in Brooke, Ohio, Marshall and Wetzel counties in West Virginia and Belmont, Jefferson, Monroe, Guernsey and Harrison counties in Ohio.

Orphy Klempa, chair of the foundation’s board, said, “The River Valley Health Foundation board of trustees feels that this grant will be very beneficial to all residents of the Ohio Valley and be able to provide a much needed health care service that otherwise might not have been available.”

Cynthia Morrison, the foundation’s executive director, said she has already seen progress from this grant. Ohio Valley residents using the National Church Residences’ transportation services are being connected to oncologists, dialysis centers and hospitals and medical facilities within the Ohio Valley, as well as various specialists in cities such as Pittsburgh, Morgantown and Columbus.

“The grant funding has been a blessing and has come at a time when the demands for transportation for life-sustaining treatments are rising and the funding resources are shrinking,” said Peggy Hickenbottom, National Church Residences transportation director. “Many insurance providers do not cover medical transportation or place extremely restrictive guidelines on it. Because of this, people who require wheelchair accessible vehicles, have conditions which make it difficult to drive or lack a large support network too often don’t get the health care they need.”

For those facing a health care crisis, finding reliable transportation for crucial appointments and treatments can prove to be challenging. Residents may be transported to local hospitals and health care facilities, as well as to locations outside of the Ohio Valley.

It is the foundation’s goal to increase the access to non-emergency medical services by providing transportation to the residents of the Ohio Valley through this grant to National Church Residences. To discuss eligibility and availability of health-related transportation needs, call National Church Residences at 740-425-9001.

The River Valley Health Foundation provides funding in support of health education for members of the community and health care professionals. It also provides funds for medical care for children, the elderly, the indigent and others in need.

The foundation was created as a result of the sale of Ohio Valley Medical Center and East Ohio Regional Hospital to Alecto, a for-profit health care system. The foundation was created to carry out the charitable outreach activities of the former not-for-profit OVMC and EORH. The foundation has been designated by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt nonprofit 501(c) (3) public charity.

The foundation plans to award annual grants in order to assure community needs are met.

The foundation is developing a formalized competitive grant process that will be announced and shared with public charities within the communities the foundation serves. The mission of this foundation is to improve the health and well-being of the residents of the Ohio Valley.


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