Catawba Medical Foundation provides assistance to various Catawba Valley Medical Center departments and programs through an internal grant request process. Some of the foundation’s key areas of focus for grant distribution include the following:
- Provision of vital equipment and supplies, including state-of-the-art technologies
- Creation and support of programs that benefit the health of the community
- Access to advanced training for medical center staff
The foundation receives, evaluates and approves grant requests year-round. Following are some examples of CMF success stories.
The Oren L. Cline Philanthropy Center and Lobby
In early 2015, the completely renovated main lobby of CVMC was opened to the public. Serving as the focal point of this beautiful space is the Oren L. Cline Philanthropy Center which serves as a tribute to the many individuals, companies and charitable organizations that give generously to support CVMC. Video screens tell the stories of our donors and our gifts, as well as announcing upcoming events. The new lobby also houses a large gift shop, welcome center, conference room and outpatient registration.
The Capital Campaign
Throughout 2012, community members contributed $3.6 million to help fund the building of The Pavilion, an addition to house the Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Center for Women & Children. The main focus of the facility is to provide a higher level of comfort and access to care for patients and their families.
The Comprehensive Cancer Center houses the Inpatient Oncology Unit and the relocated Infusion Center, equipped with lounge chairs, personal entertainment choices and easy access to all cancer services. The Center for Women & Children contains the expanded 15,000 sq. ft. Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for critically ill babies, outfitted with private rooms, making it the only such facility in the region. The Birthing Center includes a triage area for expectant mothers, as well as large, technologically advanced Labor and Delivery suites.
Giraffe Beds for the Special Care Nursery
Catawba Medical Foundation has helped Catawba Valley Medical Center’s Special Care Nursery acquire six Giraffe beds. These specialized beds create a soothing microenvironment for monitoring premature babies, who are especially sensitive to movement, sound, light, and temperature. The addition of Giraffe beds has helped the Special Care Nursery accommodate more babies with acuities as its average daily population continues to rise.
Neonatal Transport Unit
Through hundreds of generous contributions to the Foundation, funds were raised to help create a new Neonatal Transport Unit for Catawba Valley Medical Center. This state-of-the-art ambulance is utilized to bring critically ill infants from outlying areas to Catawba Valley Medical Center’s Special Care Nursery, where they can receive highly specialized care. The new unit is more spacious than the medical center’s previous neonatal ambulance, enabling members of the Critical Care Transport Team to move more freely around the infant during transport. It can also now accommodate twins.
CLIMB (Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery) is a support program for children whose parents or grandparents have cancer. The Comprehensive Cancer Center wanted to bring the program to Catawba Valley Medical Center as part of its continued effort to meet the psychosocial needs of cancer patients and their families.
To help launch the initiative, the Foundation provided funding to create a pilot program at CVMC. The program featured a tour of the Comprehensive Cancer Center and special activities designed to help children cope with their family situation.