Mission Foundation receives $3,000 CVS Caremark Community Grant

Grant to Mission Foundation is Part of CVS Caremark’s Commitment to Supporting Health Education and Awareness Programs

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (Dec. ##, 2013) – Mission Foundation announced today that it has received a $3,000 CVS Caremark Community Grant, a program that was created by CVS Caremark as part of its commitment to building healthier communities. 

The support from CVS Caremark will help Mission Hospital’s Stroke Outreach Program expand stroke education and screening services to 16 counties in western North Carolina. Mission’s Stroke Outreach Program serves those counties in western North Carolina identified as high risk, or those counties with higher death rates related to stroke. Screenings are organized for senior centers, low-income housing units and other rural community centers. Participants are educated on the significance of hypertension, weight and other health factors that greatly increase their personal risk for a stroke.

“Given the geographic terrain of western North Carolina, it is often difficult for our residents in outlying communities to receive adequate stroke screening services,” states Danielle Martin, Mission’s stroke outreach coordinator. “Receiving the CVS Caremark Community Grant allows us to expand services and reach those vulnerable populations.”

“As a pharmacy innovation company, we are committed to helping people on their path to better health and we believe that optimal community health starts with education and awareness,” said Eileen Howard Boone, Senior Vice President, Corporate Philanthropy & Sustainability, CVS Caremark. “We are proud to support the work that Mission’s Stroke Outreach Program does in the region and we look forward to working with them in fulfilling their program’s mission.”

Mission Foundation was selected to receive a grant through the CVS Caremark Community Grants 2013 application process. Grants were awarded to programs that raise awareness of important health issues, focus on chronic disease management and offer training and other tools that communities need to help them on their path to better health.  The goal of the CVS Caremark Community Grants Program is to help build healthier communities. 

About CVS Caremark

CVS Caremark is dedicated to helping people on their path to better health as the largest integrated pharmacy company in the United States. Through the company's more than 7,500 CVS/pharmacy stores; its leading pharmacy benefit manager serving more than 60 million plan members; and its retail health clinic system, the largest in the nation with more than 600 MinuteClinic locations, it is a market leader in mail order, retail and specialty pharmacy, retail clinics, and Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans. As a pharmacy innovation company with an unmatched breadth of capabilities, CVS Caremark continually strives to improve health and lower costs by developing new approaches such as its unique Pharmacy Advisor program that helps people with chronic diseases such as diabetes obtain and stay on their medications. Find more information about how CVS Caremark is reinventing pharmacy for better health at info.cvscaremark.com.

About Mission Foundation

Mission Foundation, Inc. connects the generosity of a caring community with opportunities to improve lives through better health care. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) “public charity” governed by a volunteer board of 28 trustees representing the local community. Since its founding in 1985, Mission Hospital’s centennial year, the Foundation has solicited and received more than $160 million in gifts and grants from all parts of western North Carolina, the state and the Southeast as well as nationally. During its history the Foundation has conducted successful major capital campaigns that have helped create several “Centers of Excellence” at Mission Hospital in Asheville. The Foundation is the only Asheville-based non-profit to have attained nationwide accreditation by Charity Wise Alliance of the U.S. Better Business Bureau, meeting all 20 national standards. More information is available at missionfoundation.org.