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Beneficiaries are located across Hampton Roads

Norfolk, VA - February 25, 2010- Sentara Health Foundation awarded 27 grants for 2010, totaling more than $561,986 in support of existing community programs promoting health and wellness from Virginia Beach to the Eastern Shore.

Time to Heal
For the residents of the Union Mission who are recovering from a serious illness, being homeless is even more challenging. Sentara helped establish a wellness program at the Union Mission that includes 8 beds dedicated for recovering residents. This year, the Sentara grant of $35,000 will help expand services so residents can get the medicines they wouldn’t be able to buy for chronic conditions like diabetes. A Wellness Coordinator arranges for doctors’ visits, provides transportation to doctors’ offices, and obtains necessary medicine that would otherwise be out of reach.

“One resident with diabetes now has the insulin he needs to keep his sugar under control. With this grant, we’re helping connect residents to medical care, and we’re able to get them back into wellness. Many are on their way to finding jobs and getting their lives back,” says Jill Gray, Women and Family Shelter Administrator.

Helping Hands
Access to care is essential to good health. Sentara has funded four medical positions in Hampton Roads to serve patients who might not otherwise receive medical or dental care.

Olde Towne Medical Center receives $30,000 to fund a pediatric part time dentist to serve children with limited or no insurance in James City County, York County and Williamsburg. With the help of this grant, Old Towne Medical Center will provide dental care for about 300 residents of the greater Williamsburg area.

Peninsula Institute for Community Health receives $35,000 for a part-time pediatrician to provide care for Suffolk children at or below 200% of the federal poverty level.

Portsmouth Community Health Center, Inc. receives $60,000 to provide a primary care physician to serve Portsmouth and Norfolk residents at or below 200% of the federal poverty level.

A full time dental program coordinator is funded with $32,000 at Western Tidewater Free Clinic to help nearby residents at or below 200% of the federal poverty level receive dental care.

Knowledge is Power
For people with diabetes, a life changing chronic disease, there is much to learn to manage this disease affecting the heart, vessels, eyes and other organs. At the Gloucester -Mathews Free Clinic, Sentara provides $12,000 provide patient education, medical visits, and medication for more than 150 uninsured patients from Gloucester or Mathews Counties with Type 2 diabetes, who are at or below 200% of poverty.

For a full listing of the 2010 grants provided through Sentara Health Foundation, please visit

About Sentara Health Foundation

Sentara Health Foundation was established in 1998 to improve health and quality of life and to further Sentara’s not-for-profit mission of serving the community. The Foundation identifies community health-related needs and enables solutions, with a primary focus on access to basic health care services, improved pregnancy outcomes, coalition building, and services for the frail and at-risk elderly. Since its inception, Sentara Health Foundation has touched the lives of more than 400,000 Virginia residents from the Eastern Shore to Greater Hampton Roads through grants supporting community programs. Since 1998, Sentara Health Foundation has distributed more than $5.6 million. to improve health of Virginians. To learn more about Sentara Health Foundation, or to make a contribution, please visit

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