TWIN FALLS, Idaho - At the core of St. Luke’s mission is a commitment to improving the health of the people it serves. To help fulfill this mission, St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center established the Community Health Improvement Fund (CHI fund). The CHI fund is a component of the medical center’s longstanding community benefit program and is designed to provide financial and in-kind support for other local non-profit organizations that are working to improve the health of people in the region.
In fiscal year 2011, $231,000 was designated for the Community Health Improvement Fund. Recipients are required to meet specific criteria and to address identified community health priorities in order to be selected for funding.
A total of $95,500 was awarded to the following organizations during the first round of selections:
- Hospice Visions, Inc. – provides end-of-life care at the “Visions of Home” Hospice Home to low income families.
- CSI Dental Voucher – provides reduced and free dental services from the CSI Dental Clinic to low income clients.
- Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers of Magic Valley – mileage reimbursement for non-medical transportation and home modification programs.
- St. Luke’s Health Foundation – Children with Special Needs Fund – funding assistance for therapy services and equipment to low income families.
- RSVP Senior Assisted Services Volunteer Transportation – volunteer transportation program for senior adults.
- Senior Companion Program of the Magic Valley – volunteer transportation program for senior clients.
- CSI Fitness Trail – Provides a cluster of exercise stations on CSI campus.
- United Way of South Central Idaho – immunization program for children of low income families.
- CSI Foster Grandparent Program - a program that keeps seniors active by helping at-risk students achieve their academic potential.
- Mustard Tree Wellness Clinic – direct medical care, resource referral, and expanded wellness services.
- Twin Falls County – provides 24 hour crisis response, shelter, food, clothing and counseling for “at risk” youth.
- St. Benedicts Family Medical Center – purchase of ZOLL defibrillators and AEDs.
- St. Luke’s Health Foundation – Magic Valley Community Diabetes Fund – financial assistance to low income diabetes patients.
- Because of Jesus Ministries, Inc – housing assistance and classroom training.
Second round applications will be accepted in early 2011 to be funded with the remaining amount. Funds may be awarded to proposals from eligible organizations that address one or more of the following five community health priorities: Access to Care, Alcohol and Substance Abuse, Injury and Violence, Mental Health, Physical Activity and Obesity, Wellness, Prevention and Accountability. Applications also have to demonstrate collaboration and coordination with other community organizations including St. Luke’s.
For more information about the fund, please call Jody Tremblay at 737-2934 or write to St. Luke’s Magic Valley, Attn: Jody Tremblay, Director of Community Relations, P.O. Box 409, Twin Falls, Idaho 83303-0409.