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HRH Foundation Receives Pandemic, Disaster Preparedness Grants

November 23, 2009
Holy Rosary Healthcare Foundation was recently awarded three grants totaling $34,500 related to disaster preparedness and pandemic flu planning. “Holy Rosary has been very active in our disaster and pandemic planning for many years,“ said Mary Weimer, RN, Education and Emergency Preparedness Coordinator at HRH. “The grant funding has really allowed us to do some organization-wide training, community-wide disaster planning, and secure valuable equipment and supplies to assist when the time arises.” The funding is coming primarily from funding sources in the state including the Montana Health Research and Education Foundation, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, and the Secretary for Preparedness and Response. Specific grants included $15,000 for emergency and trauma preparedness, $6,200 for pandemic flu planning, and $13,320 to purchase new ventilators for use with cardiopulmonary complications which are common with pandemic flu. In addition to purchasing new ventilators, Holy Rosary Healthcare will also use the grant funding for education and securing necessary equipment and supplies for a surge in patient volumes during a disaster/pandemic event. The HRH Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 philanthropic entity, enhances community-based and hospital-based projects, solutions, and initiatives that enhance the overall healthcare and health-related services of our region. The Foundation accepts planned and cash gifts, awards tax benefits through the Montana Endowment Tax Credit, and puts 100 percent of all gifts received to work locally. The Foundation may be reached by calling 233.4043 or visit www.hrhfoundation.com.