Community Outreach

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8th Annual Heart Walk
CaroMont Health hosted The Heart Society of Gaston County’s eighth annual Heart Walk in May 2011. CaroMont had 26 teams participating in the one-mile fundraising walk, in which over $11,000 was raised. All proceeds were given to heart-healthy programs, including programs providing cholesterol and blood pressure screenings, educational programs regarding heart-healthy behaviors, and medication assistance for cardiac patients.

Girls On The Run Of Gaston County
CaroMont Health is the proud program sponsor of Girls on the Run of Gaston County, a character development program for girls in the 3rd through 8th grade. The mission of Girls on the Run is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running. This program serves girls in public, private, charter and home schools. During the 2010-11 school year, Girls on the Run fielded teams from 37 of the 40 Gaston County elementary, intermediate and middle schools, including 17 of the 19 current Title 1 school teams. In all, 1,630 girls participated in Girls on the Run of Gaston County.

Gaston County Health Summit
The Gaston County Health Coalition’s goal is to improve the health status of its community, particularly in terms of chronic disease management. Initiatives are focused primarily on disease prevention and better management of chronic illnesses. This includes working with local employers on innovative programs and collaborating with health care neighbors.
CaroMont Health hosted a high profile, public conversation about the health of its community during the 2011 Gaston County Health Summit. The event brought together leaders from organizations and businesses, such as CaroMont Health, Community Health Partners, Gaston Community Healthcare Commission, Gaston County Department of Social Services, Gaston County Health Department, Gaston Family Health Services, Pathways, Pharr Yarns and the YMCA. Attendees discussed ways to improve health and the relationship between businesses and health care providers.

Tree of Life
On August 9, 2011, CaroMont Health hosted a Tree of Life Ceremony to honor the families of its organ and tissue donors. It was a ceremony to symbolize the gift of life and to celebrate the amazing and generous gift of sharing life with others. Last year, CaroMont Health had 41 organ, tissue and eye donors through its dynamic partnership with LifeShare of the Carolinas, an organ procurement organization that improves the quality of human life by encouraging patients to donate organs and tissue.

The need for organ transplants is great. Today, more than 111,000 persons are waiting for life-saving organ transplants in the United States. In the Carolinas, the waiting list is close to 5,000. It’s easy to see the importance of these gifts, and CaroMont Health was privileged to celebrate the new life that loved ones gave to others at its Tree of Life Ceremony.

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