For the ninth year, the Conemaugh Health Foundation (CHF) is a recipient of a strategic grant from The Edwards Lifesciences Fund by Edwards Lifesciences Corporation, the global leader in the science of heart valves and hemodynamic monitoring. This year, Conemaugh received $15,000 to continue Cardiovascular/Diabetes Disease Prevention Program screenings throughout local communities with an emphasis on diverse and underserved patients in rural areas. The continued goal is to make a positive impact in the lives of individuals by encouraging healthy behavior through wellness education and physical activities.
“By identifying at-risk individuals for heart disease and diabetes, we are able to provide on-site education of the disease process and information about programs at Conemaugh Health System to help individuals make healthy lifestyle changes for themselves and their families,” says Michelle George, RN, BSN, Project Coordinator of the Conemaugh Cardiovascular/Diabetes Disease Prevention Program.
Community wellness screenings highlight the dangers of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, obesity and physical inactivity. Participants will be encouraged to meet with Conemaugh Health System experts and discuss personal lifestyle choices and positive health practices. In a recent Community Needs Assessment for Cambria and Somerset Counties, conducted by Conemaugh Health System and the United Way of the Laurel Highlands, an area for improvement included increased training and education on living a healthy lifestyle. Additionally, high rates of smoking and obesity were noted as areas of concern in the community.
The Conemaugh Health Foundation is one of more than 200 non-profit organization grant recipients in what has become a worldwide funding effort. Edwards Lifesciences Grants are awarded to organizations committed to expanding awareness of cardiovascular disease, prevention and treatment, enhancing support and access to care for under-served cardiovascular patients and /or strengthening the communities in which the company’s employees live and work.
About The Edwards Lifesciences Fund
Edwards Lifesciences is the global leader in the science of heart valves and hemodynamic monitoring. Driven by a passion to help patients, the company partners with clinicians to develop innovative technologies in the areas of structural heart disease and critical care monitoring that enable them to save and enhance lives. Additional company information can be found at www.edwards.com.
About the Conemaugh Health System
Serving over a half-million patients each year through the Conemaugh Physician Group and Medical Staff, a network of hospitals, specialty clinics and patient focused programs; Conemaugh Health System (CHS) is the largest healthcare provider in West Central Pennsylvania with 4,500+ employees and 350 physicians. Learn more at www.conemaugh.org.
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