Environmental Protection Agency Grant Awarded to Mission Health

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (Oct. 11, 2012) – Mission Health is pleased to announce its receipt of $98,563 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – one of two such grants awarded in the Southeast. The grant, which was awarded to the Mission Foundation, will support the continuation and expansion of Mission Children Hospital’s Regional Asthma Disease Management Program (RADMP).

Now in its 11th year, RADMP serves 21 western North Carolina counties through intensive disease management and a reduction in asthma triggers in the region. The program focuses on care and education for children and families, particularly the health disparities in minority children with asthma.

“As we seek to improve lives through enhanced access and affordability of quality health care, we believe the Regional Asthma Disease Management Program demonstrates measurable results for children in western North Carolina,” said Bruce Thorsen, President and CEO of the Mission Foundation. “This spring, we celebrated as the EPA honored the program with its prestigious National Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management and we are most excited to be able to continue and expand this outstanding program with this new grant.”

The grant, which runs Oct. 1, 2012 through Sept. 30, 2014 will award $49,282 each year to RADMP and will allow the program to employ innovative approaches to improve patient health and quality of children’s lives.

“We welcome the EPA’s grant award and look forward to continuing to advocate and care for our patients and their families,” said Melinda Shuler, regional clinical coordinator and principal investigator for RADMP. “We not only provide world-class medical care but also ensure the continuum of care extends beyond our clinical walls as we connect patients and their caregivers with community-based resources to address underserved children’s basic needs.”