The Bowse Health Trust, a department of Rutland Regional Medical Center, recently announced that it has awarded $275,000 in grant funds to three new projects aimed at improving the health status of Rutland County. The projects will receive up to three years of funding starting in 2016. Organizations that were selected to receive a grant were chosen through the Bowse Health Trust grant application process.
“Grants from the Bowse Trust are an effective way for us to make a meaningful impact and support important initiatives that help create a vibrant and healthier Rutland County,” said Larry Jensen, Chair of the Bowse Health Trust Committee.
Since 1996, the Bowse Health Trust has funded 55 programs, for residents of all ages throughout Rutland County and has committed over $4 million to help create a healthier community through funding collaborative, community-based health programs.
This year’s grants were awarded to:
- Southwestern Vermont Hoarding Task Force hosted by Bennington Rutland Opportunity Council (BROC)
BROC will develop a Task Force that will provide training and education about hoarding, recruit interns and volunteers to assist with de-cluttering, and create a network of supports to address the causes and treatment of hoarding. Hoarding is both a health and property safety issue for those living in and around a cluttered residence. It is estimated that 1 in 50 adults has a serious hoarding problem. Partners in this program include: Rutland Mental Health, Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging, Vermont Department of Health, Rutland Housing Authority, Housing Trust of Rutland County and the Vermont Office of Opportunity Weatherization program.
- Marble Valley Grows Farm to School Network hosted by the College of St. Joseph
The Marble Valley Grows Farm to School Network will work with Rutland county schools to enhance education and access to healthy food choices. Activities will include classroom, community, gardening and food services initiatives. The goal of the program is to impact knowledge and increase use of fresh nutritious local food. Partners include: RAFFL, Food Service providers, Proctor Elementary School, Shrewsbury Institute for Agricultural Education, Northeast Primary School, Christ the King School and Addison County Re-localization Network.
- Community Impact Program hosted by Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum
The museum will provide outreach programs to nine organizations that serve young children. The activities will promote nurturing parenting, father involvement, improved kindergarten readiness, exposure to STEM, nutrition and health related curriculum. Partners include: Prevent Child Abuse Vermont, WIC, Head Start, Eckerd Family Serviced, Rutland Free Library, Boys and Girls Club and Heritage Family Credit Union.
About the Bowse Trust
Established in 1996 in memory of the late Rutland Regional Medical Center President James T. Bowse, the Bowse Health Trust works to help create a healthier community through funding collaborative, community-based health programs.
Each year, the Trust awards grants to new projects that:
• Improve access and affordability of health and human services
• Increase prevention efforts that lead to healthier lifestyles
• Reduce substance abuse
The next grant cycle will be announced in April 2016. Grants are awarded on an annual basis. The application information can be found online. For more information call Sarah Narkewicz at 802.7474.3770.
Members of the Health Trust Committee: Larry Jensen, Chair, Victoria Young, Vice Chair, Tom Huebner, President, Ed Ogorzalek, Treasurer, Joanne Calvi RN, Rick Lovett MD, Jo Ann Riley, Jeff McKee PhD, Pam Reed, Nanci Gordon, and Joan Gamble.
About Rutland Regional Medical Center
Established in 1896, Rutland Regional is the second largest health care facility in Vermont. With a strong patient focus, consistent quality performance, nursing excellence, and award-winning care, Rutland Regional remains dedicated to improving the health of families and individuals throughout Rutland County.
Recently recognized in US News & World Report as one of America’s Best Hospitals to receive common care, Rutland Regional was the first hospital in Vermont to receive both the Governor’s Award for Performance Excellence and Magnet Recognition® for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovation. Rutland Regional has also been recognized by the Joint Commission as a Top Performer in Key Quality Measures, honored with an “A” grade by The Leapfrog Group in the Spring 2015 Hospital Safety Score and was named by Healthgrades among the top 10% in the Nation for Outstanding Patient Experience and Patient Safety, and is the recipient of the Healthgrades 2015 Outstanding Patient Experience Award and a 3-year recipient of the Patient Safety Excellence Award.