Published: 08/21/2013

Evangelical Community Hospital Granted Funds for Two Major Program Areas

Evangelical Community Hospital was recently awarded a grant of $43,415 from the Ralph and Josephine Smith Fund at the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania (FCFP). The funds are designated for The Family Place, Evangelical’s obstetrics unit, and for the Financial Assistance Program.
Michael O’Keefe, President and CEO of Evangelical Community Hospital accepted the awarded grant at a reception held by FCFP on July 11, 2013.
O’Keefe said, “On behalf of the Hospital, we want to thank the Smith Fund and First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania for their generosity. These grant opportunities allow the Hospital to further its work of providing health and wellness opportunities and services to the individuals living and working in our communities.” 
Grants from the Ralph & Josephine Smith Fund are available yearly to four designated organizations that serve Northumberland County:  the Warrior Run Library, Evangelical Community Hospital, SUN Home Health Services, and the Turbotville Community Hall Corporation. In addition, the fund awards scholarships to graduating seniors from the Warrior Run School District. 
FCFP President and CEO Jennifer D. Wilson said, “FCFP is proud to represent the legacy of Ralph and Josephine Smith in support of the Evangelical Community Hospital and its service to the residents of Northumberland County.”
Evangelical’s The Family Place began renovations in early 2013 and the grant funds will offset the costs associated with upgrading patient rooms, having two labor and delivery room and two post-partum rooms designed for patients with special needs through compliance with the American Disabilities Act, creating a new family waiting room area, and installing a new nurse call system.
The Financial Assistance Program at Evangelical makes it possible for the Hospital to provide needed health services and support to individuals in the community who have difficulty paying for those services. In fiscal year 2013, the program supported nearly 560 patients by providing necessary inpatient and outpatient health services at no charge or at a reduced charge.
About Evangelical Community Hospital
Evangelical Community Hospital received the Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award in 2013 for the fifth consecutive year, making it one of two hospitals in Pennsylvania to be recognized for consistent, positive patient experience.
Evangelical is a non-profit organization that employs approximately 1,300 people and has more than 170 employed and non-employed physicians on staff. The Hospital is licensed to accommodate 130 overnight patients, 12 acute rehab patients and 18 bassinets. The Hospital serves residents throughout the Central Susquehanna Valley, including those living in Snyder, Union, Northumberland and Lycoming Counties.
About First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania
The First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania works regionally and locally to bring together people, partners and places to grow local giving and investment, strengthen area organizations and results, and take on the critical issues and efforts needed to build vibrant communities and a thriving north central Pennsylvania region.