FMH receives $450,000 grant

Mike Quinn, President of Fairfield Memorial Hospital Foundation (center), presents a check for $150,000 to Suzie Doscher, CEO of Fairfield Memorial Hospital. Behind them, from left, are: Patti Wilkes, Secretary/Treasurer, Fairfield Community Coordinating Council (FCCC); Karen Nichols, Executive Director, Upper Midlands Rural Health Network (UMRHN); Jennifer Glover-Hawkins, FMH Community Outreach Coordinator; Cheryl Goodwin, FCCC.

Mike Quinn, Fairfield Memorial Hospital Foundation President, presented a check for $150,000 to Suzie Doscher, FMH CEO last week. The check is from a grant award from The Duke Endowment. It is the first of three annual installments for a total of $450,000, to encourage the community to work together to address chronic health issues such as unhealthy weight, diabetes and heart disease.

Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas is an initiative of The Duke Endowment in selected communities in South and North Carolina.

Fairfield Memorial will engage a coalition of leaders from a wide spectrum of community organizations to develop ways to engage people in the county to improve their health through lifestyle changes.

A project coordinator will be hired this summer to help develop a plan. The coordinator will work with leaders from many groups in the county to lead the health initiatives.