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Community Health Improvement: A common mission

Parkview LaGrange Hospital’s Community Health Improvement Program provided support for Westview Elementary’s 2012 Fitness4Life Walking Club. Pictured in the back row from left are Sherilyn Lackey, RN, NCSN and Randy Zimmerly of Westview Schools, Rob Myers of Parkview LaGrange Hospital, Michael Grieser, also of Westview. With them are former sixth graders Kennedy Churney, Alex Burr, Jacqueline Moreno Salas, Lila Weaver-Sprague and Sara Leggett.

​​Parkview LaGrange Hospital’s mission, along with all of Parkview Health, centers on one essential commitment: improving the health of the communities we serve. As a not-for-profit organization, Parkview LaGrange reinvests its resources into services and programs that directly impact the health and well-being of people of all ages. 

Parkview’s Community Health Improvement (CHI) Program was established in 1998 and serves as a means to give something back to the communities served by the health system. Each hospital returns a portion of its annual operating surplus to its local community through community benefit funding and activities. 

During 2012, Parkview LaGrange Hospital’s CHI program partnered with other not-for-profit agencies to provide services to at-risk populations. LaGrange CHI outreach included grants to support:

Children:

  • CASA, ensuring mentoring and support for children involved in the legal system as a result of abuse or neglect

  • Prairie Heights’ “Boomerang Backpack Program” assuring that children enrolled in the free lunch program would have adequate nourishment on weekends

  • Westview School Corporation’s “Fitness4Life” walking program, providing incentives for middle school children to get out and walk each week

  • Health and safety education for school children through EMS Camp and the Amish Health Fair

  • Annual pre-participation physical exams for middle school and high school students of LaGrange County – including an electrocardiogram to check for any signs of heart disease

Families:

  • LaGrange Clothes & Food Basket’s ability to access matching funds through the LaGrange Community Foundation, increasing the number of families and individuals that could be assisted

  • Elijah Haven’s programs to provide housing and support for women and their children at risk in abusive relationships

  • Support for the Kenny-Burkett Free Clinic and their services to uninsured residents of LaGrange County

  • The hospital’s Medication Assistance Program (MAP) providing vouchers for emergency medicines and assistance with obtaining free or discounted maintenance medications for people who are uninsured or underinsured

Seniors:

  • LaGrange County Council on Aging operations, prov​iding essential services and  resources to senior citizens of LaGrange County

Not-for-profit agencies whose missions are aligned with Parkview LaGrange Hospital’s CHI mission are welcome to apply for grant funding. Grant recipients in the current year are not guaranteed funding going forward. Grant applications for 2014 will be available on line in late June through the parkview.com website. For more information, agencies may contact Jen Will by phone at (260) 463-9090 or email jennifer.will@parkview.com.

Parkview LaGrange Hospital is a not-for-profit community hospital providing comprehensive inpatient, outpatient, emergency and diagnostic healthcare services and supportive and educational programming for the people of LaGrange County and surrounding communities. Parkview LaGrange is a member of Parkview Health, a family of hospitals and healthcare services covering a 15-county region in northeastern Indiana and northwestern Ohio.

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