For Immediate Release: April 2020

The Mary McClellan Foundation is now accepting grant applications for 2020 from organizations that address health or wellness needs of residents previously served by the Mary McClellan Hospital. Nonprofit organizations are eligible for grant support.

Organizations interested in obtaining applications or information about the MMF are invited to visit the website at www.marymcclellanfoundation.org or send an email to info@marymcclellanfoundation.org. Applications are due on Monday, September 14, 2020.

The Mary McClellan Foundation (MMF) has been funding health initiatives in the area formerly served by the Mary McClellan Hospital since 2007, when the Hospital closed. The MMF is committed to filling gaps in medical care, emergency services, and community education. We have invested more than $1.8 Million into local health centers, EMS companies, and care facilities.

The Mary McClellan Foundation has been funding health initiatives in the area formerly served by the Mary McClellan Hospital since 2007, when the Hospital closed.

 We are committed to filling gaps in medical care, emergency services,  and community services, such as education and outreach.

The Mary McClellan Foundation is comprised of residents from a variety of backgrounds including health care and business. Board members work to make informed decisions regarding the many grant applications submitted each year. Drawing on focused research, professional knowledge and community input, we consider how to best steward our funds to serve the interest of the communities in Cambridge, Easton, Greenwich, Jackson, Salem, White Creek and Hoosick Falls. All of the MMF Board Members live in the communities we serve.

In response to applications submitted in 2019, the Mary McClellan Foundation awarded $175,606 in grants.

The MMF is excited to partner with entities that make health care services more accessible to residents of Washington & Rensselaer counties. This year Southwestern Vermont Medical Center received $10,000 to fund a Community Care Team at Twin Rivers, P.C. in Hoosick Falls. The Warren-Washington Association for Mental Health was awarded $5,000 to fund Caleo Counseling Services. This money will allow ‘open access’ to mental health care for patients from Southern Washington County who cannot afford to pay for services.

The Glens Falls Hospital Regional Family Health Centers in Cambridge, Greenwich and Salem strive to provide access to quality medical care in our small towns. It can be a challenge attracting doctors to our rural setting. The MMF has fulfilled an agreement with GFH to retain a doctor in the Greenwich Family Health Center by granting $100,000 (over 5 years) toward repayment of medical school loans. In addition, the Cambridge Family Health Center was awarded $4,755 to purchase a pair of Frenzel Goggles, and the Greenwich Regional Medical Center has received $18,000 for purchase of a complete Endoscopic Tower. This award will also fund McKenzie Part D continuing education tuition for a Physical Therapist.

Each year we focus a significant amount of our giving toward medical equipment for local rescue squads and fire departments. Grant money supplements tight budgets in the form of state-of-the-art medical equipment, new ambulances, training opportunities and tuition. MMF continues to support the Cambridge Valley Rescue Squad with funding toward a new ambulance ($20,000), the Salem Rescue Squad ($16,000 toward purchase of a Stryker Lucas 3 Chest Compression System), the Town of Hoosick Rescue Squad ($20,000 toward a LifePak Monitor Enhancement Program), the Easton Greenwich Rescue Squad ($10,000 toward a “fly car”), the Greenwich First Responders ($9,275 to purchase Zoll AEDs, a Pulse CO-Oximeter, and Epi Pens), and the White Creek Fire Company ($576 to purchase First Aid Kits).

MMF is proud to support groups caring for our neighbors in the community such as The Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Hoosick Falls ($15,000 to purchase bariatric equipment and monitoring devices), and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Warren and Washington Counties (RSVP) ($12,000 in continued support of its medical transportation program in Southern Washington County).  Battenkill Community Services, Inc. received a grant of $15,000 for the purchase of a Transit Passenger Van.

Organizations interested in applying for grants in 2020 will need to show how they are addressing the health or wellness needs of residents in at least one of the following Southern Washington County townships:  Cambridge, Easton, Greenwich, Jackson, Salem, or White Creek, or the Town of Hoosick in Rensselaer County. The Foundation does not require the nonprofit organization to be located in one of these townships; however, it must deliver services to a significant number of residents in one or more of these townships to qualify for support.

By way of example, grant funds can be used for recruitment and retention of specific medical personnel; medical equipment; special medical training; service delivery programs (for particular health problems); and publications or outreach materials (to educate the public about particular health problems). Applications will be assessed based on evidence of community need and potential benefit, feasibility, target population, organizational history and commitment to addressing health care needs, and non-duplication of programs in the same geographic area. It is anticipated that grants will range in size up to $20,000 per grantee, per year. MMF will consider multi-year grant requests.

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