Here is a list of the 2015 grants given
1st Quarter 2015
The first quarter of 2015 saw $47,000 in grants distributed by the North Shore Health Care Foundation to six local organizations.
Cook County North Shore Hospital and Care Center was faced with required training and equipment needs because of the Ebola outbreak. Every staff person had to go through preparation for the possibility that someone would show up with the potential to infect the community. NSHCF was able to grant $10,000 to help offset those unexpected costs.
Cook County Higher Education has a micro-loan program for their long standing Nursing Assistant/Home Health Care training program. NSHCF added $10,000 to the fund so that young people interested in the program will not be stopped by financial barriers. In some cases the loans are repaid by their future employers or a state program. Many of the graduates of this program end up working in the Care Center here. The photo shows eight of the students in the current class with instructor Mark Abrahamson in the training room at Higher Ed.
Birch Grove Community School in Tofte requested our help with their community education department, day care, exercise program, summer program and support for students with special needs. The application from Sara Silence was funded for $9000.
Birch Grove Foundation Executive Director Caroline Wood asked for support for Health Promotion, Disease Prevention and Emergency Preparedness that is done at the Birch Grove Center. The work includes First Aid, CPR and AED, Active Aging Wellness Education, Smoking Cessation, Diabetes Prevention as well as Balance , Strength, Endurance and Flexibility classes for seniors. $7500 was granted for those programs.
The North Shore Visitation Center provides supervised family time in three locations in Cook County. Since 2008 NSHCF has supported this important service for children and families in a variety of difficult situations such as court ordered supervised visitation. The board is chaired by County Attorney Molly Hicken. A grant of $5500 will support the program including training for the coordinator.
Care Partners of Cook County received $5000 as the annual base support we have committed to that program.
2nd Quarter 2015 - $15,840
Cook County Public Health and Human Services is going to implement Family Connects, a Universal Newborn Nurse Home Visiting Program. NSHCF awarded a grant of $10,000 toward the estimated project budget of $59,900 for the first 18 months. This program was developed and tested with research at Duke University, and the benefits to the families and the community are dramatic.
Cook County North Shore Hospital Lab received $5840 for a Nikon camera system to be used with their microscope. With this camera in place, lab techs will be able to view images on a computer screen, and save and transmit images to pathologists, resulting in faster reporting to patients and their doctors.
3rd Quarter 2015 - $9206
The Grand Marais Fire Department received $300 for safety education materials from the National Fire Safety Council to be used in the public schools. This is a long standing annual grant for an important program for local school children.
Care Partners of Cook County got $6428 for general operational support. As Care Partners became an independent organization, there were considerable startup costs. This funding will help defray some of them.
Cook County North Shore Hospital Lab needed $1898 to purchase an octostop chair/upright immobilizer for use when taking X-rays of children 6 months to 4 years of age who are too large for their infant immobilizer. The imaging department is participating in a national Image Gently/Image Wisely Campaign emphasizing the need to be conscious of radiation dose. Non-immobilized children more frequently need repeat images because they do not hold still; this causes more radiation exposure to the child and anyone else in the room with them.
The Rehab department of the hospital received another grant for $580 to fund training for the Occupational Therapist to be certified in an intensive whole body amplitude-based training protocol for individuals with Parkinson Disease and other neurological disorders.
4th Quarter 2015 - $18,420
Cook County School District 166 was awarded $2,500 for a Spot Vision Screener. This is part of the cost of an electronic vision testing device that is quick and accurate and does not require the student to speak or participate in the test. This is especially important for very young or non-verbal students that cannot be tested with the traditional eye chart. The installation of this vision testing device will be a cooperative project with the Grand Marais Lions Club and other groups.
Sawtooth Mountain Clinic received $4,920 for a new exam table that adjusts up and down for more comfort and convenience for both patients and providers. This is part of a large project at the clinic to have some exam rooms set up for special purposes.
Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department received $2,000 for part of the cost of a thermal imaging camera. This device has several different uses including locating people through walls or in the woods up to 100 feet away. It could also locate an electrical fire or chimney fire without chopping into walls or crawling into attics.
Finally, the Cook County/ Grand Marais Economic Development Authority received $9,000 to pay for a detailed market analysis of Assisted Living and gaps in senior services in the county. This is a necessary step in a coordinated effort including the foundation, the City of Grand Marais and the EDA.