CONCORD, N.C. (Jan. 24, 2018) — The Cabarrus Healthcare Foundation, whose mission is to provide financial and community support for Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS) NorthEast, and its board of directors approved funding for seven internal grants totaling $204,390 from its growing endowment fund in 2017.  The Cabarrus Healthcare Foundation presented the $204,390 check to CHS Division President Phyllis Wingate and awarded its final grant to the CHS Neuroscience Institute Neurology-Concord to fund the ground-breaking telestroke project in conjunction with Cabarrus County Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

Cabarrus Healthcare Foundation designed the internal grants program, now in its fifth year, to provide funding for equipment, programs and projects enhancing patient care at CHS NorthEast as it strives to be the first and best choice for care in the community. Since the program began, the foundation and its board has awarded over $850,000 to CHS NorthEast departments through the internal grants application process to continue its mission to Improve Health, Elevate Hope and Advance Healing — for all.

One of the largest and most impactful grants of 2017 was to the Neuroscience Institute.  The new Cabarrus County EMS Telestroke Project will enable CHS NorthEast neurologists to use telemedicine to examine and triage stroke patients while they are on an EMS ambulance, prior to hospital arrival.  It will decrease the door to needle (DTN) times by an estimated 32 minutes for acute stroke patients once they arrive to the Emergency Department.  Since the grant was awarded, the group will work together to get the project implemented and installed to make a large impact on our community.

A “Prize Patrol,” which was made up of foundation board members, grants committee members, hospital administration and foundation staff, surprised each department waving pompoms with the official grant approval letter in tow.

Departments receiving funding:
  • Senior Behavioral Health Unit and Palliative Care
  • NorthEast Pediatric Pulmonology
  • Case Management
  • Clinical Education, Nursing Practice & Policy
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Cabarrus College of Health Sciences Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) Program
  • CHS Neuroscience Institute Neurology-Concord

“The Cabarrus Healthcare Foundation is honored to assist our hospital employees by providing them the resources they need for innovative programs and equipment to improve the health and healing of their patients,” said Jon Yancey, Cabarrus Healthcare Foundation Chair of the Board.  “The Internal Grants Program is one of the best ways that, through our endowment, donors can assist our health professionals across all areas of our hospital, CHS NorthEast”.

The Foundation’s Endowment has been invested for the long-term benefit of CHS NorthEast, and will continue to grow year after year.  Continual growth of the endowment fund will provide increased annual grants funding.

For more information on the Cabarrus Healthcare Foundation call 704-403-1369. Learn more about our Endowment.