Fundraisers Help Children Access Primary Care at Valley Regional

Valley Regional Healthcarehas focused three major fundraisers on increasing access to primary care for children in its service area. The hospital has raised more than $36,000 in cash donations and $12,000 from gifts in-kind to provide access to primary care for children. Access to primary care is the foundation for a healthy childhood, and with an estimated 9-12% of school-age children in Sullivan County homeless as of this August, there is urgency to connect those children with a doctor who can assess and monitor their health. Proceeds from the 25th Annual Valley Regional Golf Classic in August and Wine and Dine Gala in September will help children in the community get the care they need. It is the mission of the hospital to work toward better health for everyone, and the hospital thanks everyone who has supported these efforts keep those children healthy.  Special recognition goes to Claremont Savings Bank, Casella Waste Systems, The Eagle Times, Osgood Construction, Sullivan County United Way, and Medhost for their leadership in supporting pediatric care.

In the past year, the hospital has provided more than $1,000,000 in charity care to ensure access to care for families who cannot afford it. It has organized drives for clothing and other donations for children in need to stay warm and healthy in the winter. The hospital has also created a new partnership with the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and the Claremont Soup Kitchen to screen children and has identified dozens of children with unmet healthcare needs. This winter, the hospital will continue to fundraise to build more beneficial partnerships, increase education and outreach of services. Senior Director of Development and Community Engagement Gaye LaCasce reminds us, “We know that for children, early intervention means that small problems won’t become big ones.”