CVMC Pledges $200,000 for Habitat Repairs! Healthy Home Program

Contribution Memorializes Community Philanthropist Charlie Dixon

HICKORY, NC – December 9, 2016 – Catawba Valley Medical Center (CVMC) announced today that it will honor longtime community philanthropist Charles D. Dixon with a generous pledge of $200,000 towards the Catawba Valley Habitat for Humanity’s capital campaign Habitat Repairs! – a program for which Dixon championed prior to his death in July at the age of 89. Dixon served as chief counsel for Catawba Valley Medical Center from its inception in the 1960s until 2009, as he approached retirement.

“Habitat Repairs! is a program Charlie believed would change the lives of low-income, disabled and elderly Catawba County homeowners,” says J. Anthony (Tony) Rose, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CVMC. “Having lived and worked in Hickory for his entire life, this program leverages the long-term dedication Charlie pursued towards improving the health of the people of Catawba County.”

This gift will allow Habitat for Humanity to work in parallel with CVMC staff and local social workers to help identify and address some of the most dire cases for home repairs needed in the community based on firsthand knowledge of home conditions contributing to patient health issues. Habitat will then prioritize these restorations with the goal of preventing readmission to CVMC and reducing accumulated non-reimbursed medical expenses. Examples of home-related illnesses include: hospital readmissions for young children with asthma living in a mold-filled home due to a leaky roof, or a COPD patient living in a home lacking air conditioning or heat. “This program will be a great partner to CVMC’s mission of improving the health of our community,” Rose continued. “That mission extends beyond the walls of our facilities and now into the homes of those in need.”

Mitzi Gellman, Catawba Valley Habitat for Humanity’s Executive Director says, “It was at Charlie’s encouragement that we launched Habitat Repairs!, and we are only now beginning to scratch the surface of his vision. I believe Charlie would be deeply moved by CVMC’s gift. His compassion and drive has rallied Habitat donors and volunteers to help the many existing homeowners in need of repairs.”

For further information about Habitat Repairs!, or to make a contribution, please contact Habitat for Humanity/Catawba Valley at 828.328.4663, or visit the website http://www.habitatcatawbavalley.org.

ABOUT CATAWBA VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER

Catawba Valley Medical Center (CVMC) in Hickory, NC, is the region’s largest not-for-profit, public healthcare system serving the community without direct funding from taxes. CVMC provides and promotes physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being in addition to serving as a center for health education, wellness, preventive medicine and acute care. CVMC received a fourth consecutive Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2014 and is accredited by the American College of Surgeons as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center. WomenCertified® has recognized CVMC with Women’s Choice Awards for America’s Best 100 Hospitals for Patient Experience for six consecutive years, 2012-2016; Best Hospital for Patient Experience in Obstetrics in 2013-2016; America’s Best Hospitals in Orthopedics in 2013-2016; America’s Best Hospitals for Bariatrics, 2016; and America’s Best Hospitals in Cancer Care in 2014 & 2016. CVMC received the 2013, 2014 & 2016 Premier Inc. QUEST® Award for High-Value Healthcare recognizing its reduction in harm, mortality, readmissions and costs and improvements in metrics for patient experience and evidence-based care. For more information, please visit http://www.catawbavalleymedical.org.

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