AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation Awards $200,000 Grant to St. Mary’s Health
CLINTWOOD, Va. -- February 11, 2014
The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s Connections for Cardiovascular
Health^SM program today announced a grant of $200,000 to St. Mary’s Health
Wagon to support its Heart Health 1, 2, 3 Comprehensive Cardiovascular Disease
Initiative. This is the fourth consecutive year in which St. Mary’s Health
Wagon has received a grant from the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation,
The Heart Health 1, 2, 3 program focuses on reducing the risk of heart
disease among participants living with metabolic disorder, diabetes and
non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in southwest Virginia through education,
screening, medication management and a holistic medical approach.
“The funding from the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation has helped us make
significant strides in improving the cardiovascular health of individuals in
southwest Virginia,” said Teresa Gardner, DNP, executive director, St. Mary’s
Health Wagon. “This program has allowed the Health Wagon to screen thousands
of individuals for risk of developing cardiovascular disease, perform
diagnostic testing, and treat those diagnosed and at-risk for cardiovascular
disease, resulting in healthier individuals.”
As a result of previous funding from the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation, in
2013, the program continued to provide cardiovascular risk screenings for more
than 6,000 individuals and increased the number of specialty medical services
at the Health Wagon. Nearly one third of the 1,013 program participants had a
weight loss of more than 10 pounds and almost three quarters of those had a
blood pressure reading of less than 140/90 by end of the year, compared to 55
percent at the start of the program. In addition, due to multiple coal mine
shutdowns and layoffs, the Health Wagon saw a dramatic increase in the number
of underserved individuals, most with chronic health conditions, seeking the
medical services provided by the program.
“Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in the United
States, and organizations like St. Mary’s Health Wagon are creating innovative
programs to help prevent and decrease the associated risks with this
devastating disease,” said James W. Blasetto, M.D., MPH, FACC, chairman of the
AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation. “We are grateful to St. Mary’s Health Wagon
for its commitment to improving heart health in their community.”
The Connections for Cardiovascular Health^SM program annually awards grants of
$150,000 or more to U.S.-based nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving
cardiovascular health in local communities. This year, the program awarded
nearly $3.7 million in grants to 19 organizations. More than $14 million in
grants have been awarded through the program since its inception in 2010.
Organizations can learn more and apply online for a Connections for
Cardiovascular Health^SM grant at www.astrazeneca-us.com/foundation.
Applications must be submitted online no later than 5 p.m. EST on Feb. 27,
About St. Mary’s Health Wagon
The Health Wagon is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization providing mobile health
services to the medically underserved in southwest Virginia since 1980. The
Health Wagon’s mission is to provide compassionate, quality healthcare to the
medically underserved in the mountains of Appalachia. The Health Wagon visits
10 sites in six counties – Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott and Wise
counties – to serve a severely medically underserved population. The Health
Wagon currently has two mobile health units and two stationary clinics
servicing southwest Virginia. Learn more at www.thehealthwagon.org.
About AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation
Established in 1993, the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation is a Delaware
not-for-profit corporation and a 501(c)(3) entity organized for charitable
purposes, including to promote public awareness of healthcare issues, to
promote public education of medical knowledge, and to support or contribute to
charitable and qualified exempt organizations consistent with its charitable
purpose. Connections for Cardiovascular Health^SM was launched in 2010 through
a charitable contribution of $25 million from AstraZeneca.
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Colleen O’Donnell or Sky Opila, 312-558-1770
St. Mary’s Health Wagon
Teresa Gardner, 276-328-8850
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