AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation Awards $175,200 Grant to North Georgia
RINGGOLD, Ga. -- February 11, 2014
The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s Connections for Cardiovascular
Health^SM program today announced a grant of $175,200 to the North Georgia
Healthcare Center to support its Patient Outreach With Education and Resources
The POWER program aims to provide testing and education to prevent, diagnose
and treat diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and heart disease among the
most underserved residents of North Georgia Healthcare Center’s five-county
service area. The program works to break down transportation and economic
barriers by bringing free services to communities through a mobile health
“Thanks to this support from the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation, we now
have the ability to more effectively meet the needs of our community and
expand education and screenings beyond the Center,” said DeLaine Hunter,
practice director and CEO, North Georgia Healthcare Center. “This funding will
allow us to focus more on preventive heart health as opposed to treatment.”
Heart disease accounts for 22 percent of all deaths in Georgia, according to
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.^1 The grant from the
AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation will help the North Georgia Healthcare
Center’s efforts to improve these health statistics.
“Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in the United
States, and organizations like the North Georgia Healthcare Center 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 the
North Georgia Healthcare Center 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 working to improve
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 North Georgia Healthcare Center
North Georgia Healthcare Center is a nonprofit health care center in Ringgold,
Georgia that offers medical services to North Georgia and surrounding areas
seven days a week with extended hours. Guided by core values of integrity,
compassion, and excellence, the Center seeks to improve the health and quality
of life for residents and is committed to serving each individual with the
right heart attitude every time. Learn more at www.nghcc.com.
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.
^1 Murphy, S.L., Xu, J., & Kochanek, K.D. Deaths: Final data for 2010.
National vital statistics reports; vol 61 no 4, 85-86. Hyattsville, MD:
National Center for Health Statistics. 2013.
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North Georgia Healthcare Center
DeLaine Hunter, 706-935-6442
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