The Cabarrus Healthcare Foundation is dedicated to funding current and long-term needs of our hospital to better serve our community. Below are some immediate needs identified by hospital administration and our teammates from the areas we support.
Twelve years ago, our Spiritual Care and Education Team welcomed our first Clinical Pastoral Education Program (CPE) Cohort. Since then, we are proud to serve and support our community of patients, teammates and families in times of need. Whether a helping hand or grievance, our residents and staff are here to support YOU.
This year, your generosity allows us to welcome four new residents to our cohort, one of which is completely funded by Cabarrus Healthcare Foundation. On top of that, we are proud to welcome back two second year residents to our Cohort. Without YOUR support, our resident chaplains would miss valuable skills and experience in their field, such as; honing their craft by serving patients, building greater self-awareness that helps be more present with others and also valuable experience in acute situations of spiritual distress. All of which, occur everyday, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has added new challenges to our work.
We remain grateful to our community, teammates and most of all, our donors who provide us with the means to continue our service to our community.
“This CPE program has changed me in three ways. First, it has challenged my personal theology lens to no longer look at an issue solely through the lens of right or wrong and black or white. Second, my concept of leadership has changed. I now consider myself to be a Resonant Leader. Finally, because of this CPE experience I have learned how to effectively establish healthy personal boundaries that recognize me as a unique individual with my own needs and preferences. I now enjoy improved self-confidence; a healthier self-concept and my life core values are more aligned with my authentic self.”
– Major Stewart, Former CPE Resident
You too can make a difference in the lives of our CPE Program residents like Major Stewart and their patients by making a gift today. Your gift of $250, $125 or $65 covers costs for vital PPE gear such as face masks, scrubs and shields. Most importantly, your gift will help us continue to deliver compassionate, high-quality care to patients when their lives are turned upside down, while keeping our teammates safe from illness.
Thank you for being a loyal friend to Atrium Health Cabarrus and Cabarrus Healthcare Foundation.
Carmen Frutig, RN - Holding Veterans Near and Dear
Carmen always puts the patient first when she is providing care. She holds all her patients near and dear, but she has a special place in her heart for members of the military and veterans as both her sons serve in the military.
When a patient she was caring for identified as a veteran, she felt that she could do more to honor him. This led her to create an “Honor Box” in the Intensive Care Unit with small gifts to honor military veterans receiving treatment at Atrium Health Cabarrus.
That idea has grown significantly since inception. A grant from NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski’s Checkered Flag Foundation has grown the “Honor Box” into the Veterans Recognition Program at Atrium Health Cabarrus.
The Veterans Program ensures every identified Veteran Patient experiences a special welcome upon hospital admission as well as recognition and appreciation for their sacrificial service during their hospital stay. Veterans are provided with a special “welcome kit” along with an American flag being placed outside their door during their stay.
To honor this program, and our Veterans, will you make a donation in support of the Veteran Recognition Program at Atrium Health Cabarrus?
All donations, no matter the amount, have a large impact on further funding this program!
Did you know – someone in the US has a stroke every 40 seconds? Thats equal to over 795,000 people in a year. Out of those 795,000, stroke kills 140,000. These numbers tell a story. Even for the survivors, life doesn’t always go back to normal. What follows can be a diffcult path to recovery.
What role does Atrium Health Cabarrus play in supporting stroke support survivors? Through the annual Strides for Stroke 5k, Atrium Health Cabarrus raises funds for its Stroke Support Group – dedicated to long-term support of stroke survivors.
Atrium Health Cabarrus Stroke Support
What is the Stroke Support Group?
Founded in April 2014 – it is the largest of its kind in the state of NC
Its purpose is long-term support for stroke survivors; through engagement with neurologists, physical therapists, dietitians, pastoral care, integrative medicine and other stroke survivors
Members are all stroke survivors of all ages
The group meets 35-40 times per year
What is Strides for Stroke?
Founded in 2014 – Strides for Stroke is a 5k Race dedicated to local stroke survivors
All of the money benefits the Stroke Support Group – and is its primary source of funding
The race brings in over 320 participants of all ages, including stroke survivors, who get the first lap all to themselves!
How can YOU help?
Due to COVID-19, the 2020 race has been cancelled until further notice – putting a hole in funding for Stroke Support Group. YOU can help by donating directly to the Stroke Support Group – allowing them to continue operations for the year and beyond.
All donations, no matter the amount, have a large impact on this program!
When Sonja Allison (below), a breast cancer survivor lost her job of 14 years, she also lost her health insurance. Sonja turned to the Atrium Health Cabarrus Mobile Breast Health Unit to assist with her mammogram screening (at no cost).
This program fully relies on it’s mobile coach to take lifesaving care on the road to our community. The mobile coach was fully funded by Cabarrus Healthcare Foundation.
Sonja Allison – My Breast Cancer Survival Story
“After having consistent insurance and being able to get regular mammograms, I lost coverage in 2018 after losing my 14 year job. As a breast cancer survivor I knew I needed my screening. Being a member of Sisters in Partnership, I knew there was a resource for the uninsured. I contacted Cabarrus Health Alliance and made my mobile mammography appointment with Atrium Health Cabarrus. I didn’t think it would be the same but to my surprise, it was. Just on wheels. Had the resource not been available I would have had to figure out how to pay for it out of pocket. I am thankful to be able to educate on this service and also experience it as well”. – Sonja Allison, Breast Cancer Survivor of Six years!
Our Breast Health Center Team has been combating this issue for over 10 years, travelling four days a week and serving thousands of community members and businesses via their Mobile Mammography Program. This program specifically provides mammograms and other services to the uninsured and medically underserved. Each year through community support they provide financial assistance to this program, which serves and provides over 400 women, like Sonja, annually with lifesaving care who cannot afford a mammogram.
THANK YOU donors, teammates and community members! Cabarrus Healthcare Foundation is happy to share that our July fundraising project to provide 250sling back bags for our adult epilepsy patients has been completely funded (roughly $2,500)! The sling bags arrived at Atrium Health Cabarrus last week and are officially in use inside the epilepsy unit.
“Thank you so much to our donors for providing our Epilepsy Monitoring Unit with these functional sling bags that allow our patients to freely move around their room during their extended stay.” – Amanda Gordon, NP – Epilepsy Unit.
The Cabarrus Healthcare Foundation is raising funds to support the patients of Levine Cancer Institute-Concord. At this time, LCI-Concord has a zero-visitor restriction policy due to COVID-19 to ensure the safest treatment and environment for teammates and patients.
Whether new or follow-up, a visit to the LCI without any family or friends adds additional stress to an already stressful situation. This also becomes challenging without a formal line of communication with a family member or friend during the appointment. This also becomes challenging if patients lack a smart phone to use during their visit, which would allow for virtual face-to-face support from the outside.
LCI-Concord is committed to bridging the gap between patients and their families and friends during treatment or visits.
Our GOAL is to fund 12 Apple iPad’s (roughly $4,000) to be dispersed for LCI-Concord. Having an iPad gives the patient the opportunity to include a family member or friend during their visit, and to also be a second set of ears and eyes.
Whether $100, $75 or $50, your gift not only supports our Levine Cancer Institute-Concord team, but most importantly, your gift allows our patients to engage with their family and friends during their visit, providing a sense of comfort during this difficult time.