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2021 Recipients

This year, the Foundation awarded $488,000 through its annual grants program to fund health initiatives across Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System. The following projects were provided with support:

Ellen Sagar Nursing Center – Administration
To fund memory care unit design enhancements, including door wraps, murals and lighting, that will improve safety while creating a more home-like environment for residents.

Spartanburg Medical Center – Emergency Center
To renovate and outfit a space in the Emergency Center to help provide an area for pediatric, adolescent, geriatric and/or special needs behavioral health patients.

Spartanburg Medical Center – Pavilion 5
To complete education lab space in the critical care pavilion, including the purchase of an ICU simulation mannequin.

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System – Heart Services
To purchase a simulation system to train staff members in the use of ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) therapy.

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System – Infection Prevention
To purchase and implement an electronic, online bedside monitoring technology to systematize and improve efforts to reduce healthcare-associated infections.

Spartanburg Medical Center – Safe Kids of the Piedmont
To make gun locks and lockboxes available to families through their pediatrician offices in order to reduce the potential for gun-related accidents involving children.

Medical Group of the Carolinas – Orthopaedics
To purchase the Lunar Achilles portable bone density scanner to support quick and convenient screening, early detection and effective monitoring of osteoporosis.

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System – Family Medicine
To introduce the Cystatin-C lab test, along with training and evaluation, to improve accuracy in determining a patient’s level of kidney function, especially for Black patients whose kidney function is overestimated by current methods of evaluation.

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System – Community Health
To support the production of a Racial Equity Index for Cherokee and Union counties that will help identify and address health disparities and promote successful partnerships in those communities.

Spartanburg Medical Center – Rehab
To purchase a high weight capacity lift for the inpatient rehab department to aid in the treatment and mobilization of patients of size; allowing these patients the same opportunities for functional improvement and recovery as other patients.

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System – Respiratory Therapy (NICU)
To purchase two SmartMonitor 2 PS machines to help in performing car seat respiratory tests for infants.

AccessHealth Spartanburg
To purchase equipment and other materials to create hybrid health education classes to serve residents in Spartanburg, Union and Cherokee counties during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Medical Group of the Carolinas – Psychiatry
To establish a patient education library for those with mental health diagnoses to promote patient engagement in the therapy process and support improved overall outcomes.

Spartanburg Medical Center – Acute Care, Speech Language Pathology Department
$4,955 for two projects:

  • $2,950
    To purchase the Iowa Oral Performance Instrument to provide an objective measure of the strength of patients’ lips and tongues as they undergo oral musculature rehabilitation.
  • $2,005
    To purchase iPads and software applications to support communication between caregivers and acute care patients whose medical conditions have resulted in significant communication impairments.

Community Grants

The following nonprofit organizations are each receiving a grant of $10,167 to support essential safety net services for Upstate residents in need during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Angels Charge Ministries
  • Cherokee County Meals on Wheels
  • Divinity Care
  • Free Medical Clinic of Cherokee County
  • Greater St. James Temple Church
  • Greer Relief & Resources
  • Healthy Smiles for Spartanburg
  • Mobile Meals of Spartanburg
  • SAFE Homes
  • St. Luke’s Free Medical Clinic
  • The Family Effect
  • Total Ministries