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.
2020 Grants Approved:
The grant supports the ongoing operation of the CAMC Foundation Hospitality House to provide reduced cost or free lodging for families of patients at CAMC who have traveled more than 50 miles.
Support of Bereavement Program at CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital. The grant funds a box and assorted supplies to provide a tangible memory box for grieving parents who have lost a child, as well as parental bereavement counseling.
Funds are provided to offer tuition assistance to eligible students who have been accepted to any nursing school in WV and who desire to come to work at CAMC upon graduation.
Funds are provided to 1) To host the 4th Annual CAMC Cancer Center Fashion Show and 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 psychological 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 family advocate and counseling services at the CAMC Children’s Advocacy Center. The goal of the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) 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 of the child, the CAC is able to identify the child’s needs and facilitate the provision of services needed. Services include forensic interview, medical evaluation, support services and sexual abuse prevention training.
This program provides continual updates and replacement of items children use while they are patients at CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital. Funding includes games, videos, iPads, crafts and other playroom and patient items.
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.
Improving colorectal screening in West Virginia, in conjunction with the Kanawha County Health Department. The grant provides colorectal cancer screening kits to patients and processing of kits at no charge. This grant is funded from proceeds of the annual CAMC Foundation Run for Your Life.
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.
This initiative provides a small celebration party of cake and gifts for pediatric hematology and oncology patients who have completed their therapy.
Support for mental health services at CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital Family Resource Center 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.
Funding for supportive counseling services at Gigi’s Place located at the CAMC Cancer Center for children who have lost a parent to cancer or has a parent with cancer. The grant request covers the cost of the therapist and replenishment of supplies, such as books and craft items.
Supports the cost of small education programs that bring the community together to discuss the shared responsibility of acting upon what matters most to patients and families facing difficult medical treatment decisions and how to have difficult conversations about such.
Developmental supportive equipment for babies to provide proper body alignment for musculoskeletal development through use of reusable positioning products that include snugglies, Bendy Bumpers, Frog Positioners, Prone Positioners, Donuts and wedges. The grant also covers calming and soothing developmental aids for non-nutritive sucking, and breast pumps for mothers.
Support for the annual reunion of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) patients and their families with the doctors, nurses, and hospital staff of CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital. The event celebrates patients survival and commemoration of their journey.
To support various items for the oncology and gynecologic oncology programs at CAMC, including equipment for the Dental and Facial Surgery Centers which support Oncology.
Support for the CAMC Patient Simulation Center. These funds will be used to purchase a Laerdal SimMom birthing manikin simulator and a Laerdal SimNewB simulator which is a newborn simulator, in addition to other items to update the facility and provide state-of-the-art training for medical students, nurses and others in a healthcare simulated environment.
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.
The funding will be used to continue support time for a Registered Nurse to assist the Sepsis Research team with developing and carrying out projects and to provide training to clinicians and nursing staff on the identification and treatment of sepsis.
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. This event 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 nurse, certified in spinal cord injury, teaches the classes.
The goal of this program is to increase the rate of pregnant women who stop smoking. All staff are trained in intervention methods and counsels each pregnant woman who uses tobacco on reasons and techniques to successfully quit.