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CMH Receives Grant From Kansas Health Foundation

Marysville, KS – Community Memorial Healthcare (CMH) has received a grant from the Kansas Health Foundation’s Recognition Grants program to fund its “Breathe Better Educational Program.” The grant, in the amount of $5,291, will be used to help promote lung health and reduce chronic diseases among residents of Marshall County by creating traveling educational displays and presentations that will reach clinics, schools and community events.

Administered by CMH Cardiopulmonary Services, under the direction of Cheryl Skinner, the “Breathe Better” program is designed as a public education tool to teach people of all ages about lung related problems, ways to prevent them, and how they can improve their quality of life while dealing with an existing condition. The program will be offered free of charge to businesses and organizations, school systems, and community based events.

Community Memorial Healthcare is staffed with three full-time, one PRN respiratory therapists and one sleep technician. Cheryl Skinner, BA, RRT, CPFT, serves as the Director of Cardiopulmonary Services. Other respiratory therapy staff include: Phillip Caswell, CRT; Jamie Tiemeyer, BS, CRT; Roxanne Woodside, CRT, RPSGT; and Bob Garrett, CRT, CPFT.

“Our cardiopulmonary team is thrilled to receive this Recognition Grant from the Kansas Health Foundation, said Skinner. “We have seen increasing numbers of patients who require breathing tests and treatments over the last two years due to medical conditions like asthma, COPD, and sleep apnea. This grant will enable us to create greater awareness about lung diseases in our rural community and educate people of all ages about the importance of lung health.”

Recognition Grants expand the Kansas Health Foundation’s support to a broad range of health-related organizations throughout the state. The program is targeted for organizations and agencies proposing meaningful and charitable projects or initiatives that fit within the Foundation’s mission of improving the health of all Kansans. In addition to supporting projects, the Foundation also seeks to support initiatives that focus on promoting policy, systems and environmental transformations that support health.

“Each year we are amazed at the incredible projects being done by organizations across Kansas,” said Steve Coen, president and CEO of the Kansas Health Foundation. “This grant program allows us to support these innovative and impactful community initiatives and recognize the groups and individuals making them a reality.”

This fall, the Kansas Health Foundation provided more than $900,000 through this program to help organizations accomplish 51 different projects intended to improve the health and wellness of Kansans.

Using a competitive application process, the Foundation allocates up to $2 million each year for the Recognition Grants program. Any tax-exempt, nonprofit organization using the money for charitable purposes and proposing a project meeting the Foundation’s mission to improve the health of all Kansans is eligible.

For more information about the CMH “Breathe Better” project, please contact Cheryl Skinner at (785) 562-4583, or email ceskinner@cmhcare.com.

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