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Sacred Heart Receives Grant to Help Chronically-Ill Children

June 16, 2011

Children’s Foundation receives $20,000 from Asuris Northwest Health

The Regence Foundation, affiliated with Asuris Northwest Health, awarded a $20,000 grant to Sacred Heart Children’s Foundation in Spokane, to create support programs for children with chronic medical conditions. The grant is part of Asuris’ annual employee-nominated grant program.

“Every year, The Regence Foundation invites employees to nominate organizations that are doing transformative health care work in their communities,” said Peggy Maguire, Regence Foundation board president. “We selected Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital because helping children, especially teens, manage their conditions improves their social, emotional and health outlook.”

Sacred Heart was nominated by Kimberly Thielman, in the Asuris sales office, because of the importance of educating and supporting children who have life-long medical conditions. “Education and knowledge of the disease will help kids make healthy choices to maintain their health and minimize the flare-ups, pain and discomfort,” Kimberly said.

The Sacred Heart Children’s Foundation supports patients at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital with everything from books and toys to medical equipment and advanced services. The hospital is the largest comprehensive program for children between Seattle and Minneapolis and serves more than 40,000 children a year.

“This generous grant from Asuris will create a vital support group for children battling chronic conditions,” says Susan Stacey, executive director of the Children’s Hospital. “We know that such a service reduces the risk of social and emotional isolation and other difficulties stemming from illness, and ultimately improves the outcomes for our kids.

About The Regence Foundation

The Regence Foundation affiliated with Asuris Northwest Health, an eastern Washington community-based, nonprofit health plan. A 501(c)3 grant-making organization, the Foundation partners with organizations driving significant change in health care delivery and accessibility in Idaho, Oregon, Utah and Washington. Through its Sojourns program, the Foundation also supports organizations advancing quality palliative and end-of-life care. For more information visit www.RegenceFoundation.org.