Florida Hospital awards $1.2 million in community projects to meet needs of underserved

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AdventHealth, formerly known as Florida Hospital, is excited to announce it has awarded $1.2 million for projects that are designed to improve the health of our community by providing important medical services to the underserved and uninsured.

AdventHealth’s Community Health Impact Council, commonly known as CHIC, announced its recipient projects today:

  • Community Medicine Clinic Colon Cancer Screenings: Provides flexible sigmoidoscopies and diagnostic colonoscopies with biopsies. ($153,000)
  • Apopka Lung Clinic - Chronic Disease Management Service Expansion: Extends services provided at clinic to include treatment of patients with additional health issues such as diabetes and hypertension; also extends operating hours. ($493,000)
  • Project Connect at Center for Multicultural Wellness and Prevention: Provides community-based asthma education and outreach activities such as home visits, medication management and treatment plans. ($271,904)
  • Florida Behavioral Health Collaborative: Provides seamless transfer of clients in need of substance-abuse or mental-health services from hospitals to Aspire Health. ($353,211)

CHIC is a subcommittee of the AdventHealth Board of Trustees that serves as the governing body for all of AdventHealth’s community benefit activities. CHIC approves, funds and measures initiatives that improve the overall health of Central Florida, address the needs of targeted populations, and also help reduce preventable medical costs.

“Since its formation in 2004, CHIC has awarded $13 million to dozens of projects that help improve the health of those in our community who need it most,” said Verbelee Nielsen-Swanson, vice president of community impact at Florida Hospital. “AdventHealth’s mission isn’t constrained by our hospital walls, and we know that in order to improve the health of Central Florida, we need to bring vital services to our neighbors.”

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