Baystate Wing Hospital has announced an investment of $43,000 in grants to benefit local community-based nonprofit organizations for social service, community health, and educational programs.
“These grant investments represent Baystate Wing Hospital’s commitment to support and work with our community partners to focus on public health related programs and initiatives that reduce health disparities, promote community wellness, and improve access to care in our region,” said Michael Moran, President and Chief Administrative Officer for Baystate Health’s Eastern Region which includes Baystate Mary Lane Outpatient Center and Baystate Wing Hospital.
Programs supported by the hospital’s grant investments include:
Quaboag Valley Community Development Corporation Quaboag Connector Transportation Initiative: $30,000
The $30,000 grant to the Quaboag Valley Community Development Corporation (QVCDC) will continue to support the Quaboag Connector, addressing the serious lack of transportation to employment, education, healthcare, work force training, shopping and benefit services within and outside the region. The service that began in January 2017 quickly grew to over 31 rides each day. The Quaboag Connector’s three vans will operate Monday through Friday from 6:30 am to 7:00 pm.
The Quaboag Connector service added an additional town in the Quaboag Region in 2017. The QVCDC has Massachusetts Community Investment Tax Credits available that will offset the cost of the award by $15,000. Sheila Cuddy, QVCDC Executive Director, said, “QVCDC is very grateful for Baystate Wing Hospital’s contribution towards this vital transportation service. Their continued leadership level support demonstrates their commitment to making investments in the community that help residents lead fuller and more self-sufficient lives.”
Ware Public School Fire Science class: $7,034
The grant awarded to students attending the Ware High School Fire Science Program led by Ware Fire Department Deputy Chief Edward Wloch will assist them in reaching their goal of improving Emergency Medical Service (EMS) care in the region by enrolling in an EMT-B course at the Holyoke Community College E2E Satellite Facility in Ware. The Financial Literacy Program done in collaboration with Country Bank will help these high school students plan and save for the EMT-B course.
The Baystate Wing Hospital grant is a matching grant that will cover half the cost of the course and text books, with the students investing the balance. “Through the generosity of Baystate Wing Hospital it will afford students in the Fire Science Program a unique opportunity,” said Dr. Marlene DiLeo, Superintend of Ware Public Schools. “Knowing this initiative has been a collaborative effort between Baystate Wing Corporation, Holyoke Community College E2E Satellite Facility, Country Bank, Deputy Fire Chief Ed Wloch and Ware High School; it truly speaks to a community effort in filling a critical need for EMTs throughout the region.”
Ware River Valley Domestic Violence Task Force: $6,192
Ware River Valley Domestic Violence Task Force was awarded $6,192 to continue improved screening and response to those facing domestic and sexual violence in the Baystate Health Eastern Region. Funds will be used to organize training for staff, community leaders and agencies to effectively and compassionately respond to domestic and sexual violence, to build a team that has a deeper understanding of domestic and sexual violence and can act as an internal resource for hospital staff, to build collaboration and referral protocols between staff and domestic and sexual violence programs and to conduct education and outreach throughout the region.
"We are extremely grateful, and very excited about the growing partnership,” said Monica Moran, Task Force Coordinator and Manager of Domestic Violence Prevention Programs at the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission. Survey after survey tells us that victims and survivors want their health care providers to ask about domestic and sexual violence. This partnership will give health care providers and our community partners the tools to ask and the resources to offer support when it is needed. We have no doubt that as a result of this partnership, more victims and survivors in our region will find their way to safety and healing."
“Our physicians, nurses, and staff all strive to improve the health of the people we serve through exceptional care and innovative health initiatives,” said Moran. “The Baystate Wing Corporation is proud to partner with area agencies to help us do this important work together to improve the health and wellbeing of our community.”