FMH receives $450,000 grant to improve health of County residents

FMH receives $450,000 grant to improve health of County residents

WINNSBORO – Fairfield Memorial Hospital has been awarded a $450,000 grant from The Duke Endowment to help improve health in Fairfield County over three years. Fairfield Memorial Hospital working with Fairfield Community Coordinating Council, is now one of 15 coalitions across the Carolinas participating in The Duke Endowment’s initiative, Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas.

The program addresses chronic health issues such as unhealthy weight, diabetes and heart disease. Local coalitions will involve leaders from a wide spectrum of community organizations in developing ways to involve residents in improving their health.

South Carolina ranks 42nd among all states when it comes to the overall health of its residents, earning poor rankings for its obesity and physical inactivity rates. Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas recognizes that health and well-being are created and sustained not just through individual and clinical efforts, but through the cooperation and support of the extended local community.

“This grant allows us to focus locally by offering programs that are proven to contribute to our health and well-being,” said Suzanne Doscher, Chief Executive Officer of Fairfield Memorial Hospital. “To truly improve health within our community, we have to expand our view of what affects our health. If we can improve health for even a subset of our community, we will have learned a lot about how to increase quality of life for all people.”