The Wilkes Medical Center Foundation recently awarded over $337,500 in grants through its Community Health and Health Care Impact grant programs.

The grants were awarded based on anticipated impact on community health and wellness, stated a press release.

The funds awarded include over $131,800 given through the foundation’s Community Health grant program to:

• Wilkes County Schools, $10,000 to help fund CAN training for about 80 high school students;

• Wilkes Public Health Dental Clinic, $30,370 to buy instrument washers/disinfectors;

• Wilkesboro Fire Department, $17,374 for automatic defibrillators and other equipment;

• North Wilkesboro Fire Department, $15,115 for medical equipment, including blood pressure kits, stethoscopes, oxygen regulators and more;

• Cricket Fire Department, $24,023 for eight automatic defibrillators;

• Foothills Free Medical Clinic, $15,000 for a parents’ assistance fund;

• Yadkin River Greenway Council, $20,000 toward cost of extending the greenway to a point behind the Ruby Pardue Blackburn Adult Day Care facility.

Also awarded were over $205,700 through the foundation’s Health Care Impact grant program. Recipients were Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest N.C. and CareNet Counseling of Wilkes.

Second Harvest will deliver fresh food from local farms to Wilkes County residents and involve individuals who are diabetic or at-risk for diabetes to participate in a unique text messaging-based education program.

CareNet Counseling is integrating mental and behavioral health care providers into primary care offices in an effort to reduce the silo effect created by the physical separation of mental and physical health providers.

The Wilkes Medical Center Foundation is funded by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center under the terms of its lease of Wilkes Medical Center from the Town of North Wilkesboro.

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