CAMC Foundation, Inc. is the fundraising organization for the Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC), a regional medical center that is recognized for its excellence in medical services. The CAMC Foundation works with donors to secure current and future support for CAMC programs and services to improve the health of the people of West Virginia. The CAMC Foundation’s fundraising and grant funding is solely dedicated to CAMC.
Each year, the CAMC Foundation grants to CAMC more than $3.0 million to support programs, services, technology, and other patient needs. Administrators, managers, departments and units of CAMC are encouraged to submit requests for funding, on a quarterly basis, for worthwhile projects that will benefit the delivery of healthcare at CAMC. The CAMC Foundation Board of Directors reviews all grant applications and makes a final decision on funding.
2019 Grants Approved:
Support of Bereavement Program at CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital. A Memory Box and assorted supplies are given to families in order to create a tangible memory box for grieving parents who have lost babies or children. Counseling is also provided to the parents through this funding.
The Disordered Eating Center of Charleston (DECC) is headed by Clinical Director Jessica Luzier, PhD, ABPP and has requested funding to support patients who suffer from eating disorders. Eating disorders are common mental disorders that are both psychologically debilitating and physically threatening. This grant will support a mobile app and books for DECC patients as they work on their recovery from their disease.
The Boutique at the CAMC Cancer Center provides patients with products and services to help them through their cancer journey. This includes a free wig to every cancer patient who requests one, free hair salon services, and free manicures and pedicures. The Boutique also offers reasonably priced products for cancer patients such as scarves, hats, bathing suits, jewelry, etc. This grant supports the Boutique manager and assists in the continued operation of services for patients.
To provide access and assistance with medications, chemotherapy, medical supplies, medical equipment, travel, lodging, nutritional supplies, and other costs of care associated with the treatment of cancer.
Grant funding provided to the CAMC Foundation Hospitality House insures the ongoing operation of the facility that offers significantly reduced cost lodging to family members whose loved one is receiving medical care at CAMC and are away from their home communities. Unlike a hotel, the CAMC Foundation Hospitality House provides opportunities for those going through similar stressful situations to come together as a group where they can support one another.
Support to 1) Host the 3rd Annual CAMC Cancer Center Fashion Show to provide education and materials to address adapting to body image changes. 2) Create a Body Esteem program to provide clothing vouchers to area thrift stores for patients who have experienced bodily changes which require new wardrobes (i.e. special events, back to work, day-to-day needs. 3) Provide psychosocial programs to help cancer survivors cope with emotional issues related to cancer treatment and survivorship. 4) Provide exercise programs to ensure healthy habits and coping with physical change. 5) Provide opportunities for education of staff to ensure that patients and survivors receive the most up-to-date evidence- based care.
Support of Childbirth Education at CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital. This is a professional program taught by certified instructors who provide a contemporary curriculum to promote health and safe birthing practices as well as parenting. The grant will also help fund online childbirth education classes.
Funding from the 2019 grant will support the Child Life Program and will provide continual updates and replacement of items for children to play with while they are patients at CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital. This includes items such as games, videos, iPads, crafts and other playroom items to make a child’s stay in the hospital a bit more pleasant.
Support of Family Advocate and Counseling Services at the CAMC Women and Children’s Advocacy Center. The primary goal of the Children’s Advocacy Center is to provide children and families professional and compassionate care in order to minimize and reduce the trauma often experienced by children who are possible victims of child abuse. By conducting a thorough evaluation, professionals are able to identify his or her needs and facilitate the provision of services needed.
The grant will provide support and growth of the Drug Addicted Mother Baby Program at CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital. The request will cover a portion of an addiction counselor’s time, supplies, education tools and incentive for the mothers who participate. Funding will also help cover a portion of the addiction counselor’s time in the clinic, supplies and education tools.
This funding from the CAMC Foundation provides a small celebration party of cake and presents for pediatric hematology/oncology patients who have completed their therapy at the CAMC Children’s Cancer Center located at CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital.
Support for mental health services at CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital Family Resource which provides counseling for children, adolescents and adults to include psychiatric evaluation and medical interventions; counseling that deals with family issues such as: parenting, divorce, women’s health issues, smoking cessation, grief and loss, stress management and substance abuse. The CAMC Foundation funding is directed to those patients who are uninsured or underinsured or need assistance with copays in order to receive needed services.
The grant represents continued support, in 2019, for supportive counseling services at the Gigi’s Place located at the CAMC Cancer Center for children who have lost a parent to cancer or who has a parent with cancer. The grant request covers the cost of the therapist and supplies needed for Gigi’s Place.
Supports two events in 2019 to bring the community together to review the shared responsibility of discussing and acting upon what matters most to patients and families facing difficult treatment decisions and how to have these difficult conversations.
Funding for neuroscience nurses to attend national meetings where they learn new and updated methods to provide patient care in the CAMC Neuro ICU. Nurse leaders will receive training and tools to continue to advance the knowledge and skills of the staff on the unit to better serve patients and provide overall successful outcomes.
This grant will provide funding to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital. The request is for supportive equipment for babies to provide proper body alignment for musculoskeletal development through the use of reusable positioning products such as snugglies, Bendy Bumpers, Frog Positioners, Prone Positioners, Donuts, and wedges. In addition, calming and soothing development aides for non-nutritive sucking and breast pumps for mothers will be provided through the grant from the CAMC Foundation.
Each year an event is held to celebrate all the babies born at CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital and who spent time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The CAMC Foundation provides support for the annual reunion of NICU graduates and their families with the doctors, nurses, and hospital staff. It is a time to come back together and show thankfulness for the care provided to some of CAMC’s tiniest patients.
Funding for nursing education financial assistance for those pursuing a degree in nursing and who wish to come to work at CAMC upon graduation.
Funds will be used to support and further develop the CAMC Patient Simulation Center. Simulation education is an educational strategy that relies on imitation of aspects of patient care through manikins, virtual reality and standardized patients, or sample patients, who are individuals trained to act as a real patient in order to simulate a set of symptoms or problems. The funds will be used to purchase SimJunior Pediatric Simulator manikin and other items for the Simulation Center.
For support of Charleston Area Medical Center Health Education and Research Institute (CHERI) in conjunction with its collaborating affiliate organizations CAMC, WVU School of Medicine – Charleston Division, WV School of Osteopathic Medicine, and Partners in Health Network to incentivize medical students from any WV medical school to enter into a residency program at CAMC.
Funding to continue a RN to assist the Sepsis Research Team with developing and carrying out projects and to provide training to clinicians and nursing staff about the identification and treatment of sepsis.
The Stop the Bleed campaign is a nationwide campaign endorsed and sponsored by the American College of Surgeons. The campaign initiative is a response to the school shootings across America beginning after the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. The purpose is to educate, train and put the supplies in the hands of school teachers, principals and school staff to recognize and respond to a student or co-worker that is experiencing uncontrolled hemorrhage as a result of a natural or man-made incident. The CAMC Foundation is funding the placement of Stop the Bleed kits in 72 grade schools in four surrounding counties to include Kanawha, Putnam, Lincoln, and Clay.
Support for the annual fair, on the campus of CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital, which welcomes about one thousand attendees each year to observe and participate in a variety of educational displays, play games, win prizes and much more. It allows children and their families to experience the hospital in a non-threatening way.
Funding for a continuing six week comprehensive brain and spinal cord injury prevention program to 3rd grade students in Kanawha County. Goal is to prevent brain, spinal cord and other traumatic injury through education, research and advocacy.
A grant is being provided to the Tobacco Free Baby and Me Program to assist pregnant women to stop smoking. This program has been provided for a number of years at CAMC, funded by the CAMC Foundation, and the success rate surpasses the national average.
Funding for World Sepsis Day on September 13th to engage employees and educate others on severe sepsis outcomes.