Community Foundation Supports Prenatal Clinic at Windham Hospital
WILLIMANTIC, CT- June 4, 2008. The Women & Girls Fund of the Community Foundation of the Tri-County Area has selected Windham Hospital’s Prenatal Clinic for its largest grant to date. The $12,000 gift will assist at-risk women to receive needed prenatal services up to and including the delivery of their babies.
“The Women & Girls Fund was established by a group of generous donors to make life better for women and their families in our community. In reviewing the applications, we recognized that the Hospital’s Prenatal Clinic was performing a much needed service to women in our community, and we are happy to award this grant to the Hospital,” said Karen Hoke, Executive Director of the Foundation.
The Community Foundation of the Tri-County Area is a public charity dedicated to improving the quality of life and long-term well-being of the community by promoting philanthropy, supporting local nonprofits and building ongoing resources for the future.
The Hospital’s Prenatal Clinic has been in operation since 1979, serving women throughout Windham County. The program has been the recipient of several grants this year, as it has been recognized as serving a critical need in the region. More than 100 women are served by the program each year with approximately one-third under the age of 18. Most of these women would not have access to prenatal care were it not for the ongoing commitment of the Hospital, individual contributions and other targeted grants.
“We are honored to receive this grant from the Community Foundation of the Tri-County Area and appreciate their commitment to this vital program .This generous support from the Founders of the Women & Girls Fund will have a huge impact, and we are grateful that their action will assure the availability of quality prenatal services to uninsured and underinsured women,” noted Dick Brvenik, President and CEO of Windham Hospital.
Women’s Health Coordinator, Beth Cheney, APRN, and other part time health professionals staff the clinic three days a week, and physicians and nurse midwives at Mansfield OB/GYN Associates provide medical oversight and manage the deliveries for women in the program. For more information about the Prenatal Clinic, call 456-6796.