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.
2021 Grants Approved:
Provides a new helmet to individuals being treated for injuries from an ATV or UTV prior to discharge from CAMC. Patients will be educated on helmet use and safety, given educational handouts for ATV/UTV safety, and brochures of West Virginia state law on helmet use. Passage of law in West Virginia allowing UTV use on highways is anticipated that trauma related injuries will increase for adult population.
Support of Bereavement Program at CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital. The grant funds a box and assorted supplies to create a tangible memory box for grieving parents who have lost a child, as well as funds for parental bereavement counseling.
Funding will support specialized equipment for the ongoing improvement of care delivered to cancer patients. To include CPR equipment, endosee hysteroscopy, pulse oximeters, Sonosite ultrasound, and blanket warmers.
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 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.
This initiative provides a small celebration party of cake and gifts for pediatric hematology and oncology patients who have completed their therapy.
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology patient support fosters an environment of patient and provider engagement along with family centered care. This grant will provide financial assistance to serve the underinsured, provide opportunity for patients to attend oncology camp, and offer nutritional assistance. The funding will enhance patient and family satisfaction, assist in keeping pediatric population in our community, along with avenues of encouragement and support for families of the patients.
The CAMC Employee Emergency Fund provides assistance to employees who are experiencing financial difficulties. Employees submit a grant application for up to $800.00. The CAMC Employee Emergency Fund Committee reviews the applications to verify they meet the fund guidelines prior to approval.
This program is designed to assist employees and families who are experiencing financial hardships during the holidays.
This grant supports the ongoing operation of the CAMC Foundation Hospitality House to provide reduced cost or free lodging for families of adult patients at CAMC. The Hospitality House is a 10 bedroom house and is located one block away from CAMC Memorial Hospital. Amenities at the house include laundry facilities, a full kitchen, internet access, free parking and a library, providing a home away from home during a difficult time for family members of patients.
To fund an ultra-cold freezer that stays at -80 degrees F. This type of freezer is required for tissue and blood submission for cancer research.
Support of family advocate and counseling services at the CAMC Children’s Advocacy Center. The primary 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, 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.
Support for colon cancer patients who are un-insured or under-insured. Assistance includes help with medical supplies, equipment, and medication.
To support the Noon Didactic Initiative which is medical teaching by lectures distinguished from clinical demonstrations involving patients or laboratory exercises.
To support salary and benefit cost for WVU Department of Surgery’s Chair, Dr. Bryan Richmond.
Developmental supportive equipment for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital. The equipment provides 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.
To support the addiction work at CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital for mothers on their journey to be clean and sober at the time of delivery of their child. This program strives to help decrease NICU admissions. Healthier moms and babies will make a positive impact on our community.
This grant provides educational funding for those wishing to obtain a Nursing degree and come to work at CAMC upon graduation. Students receive up to $5,000 per semester. In addition, the grant also funds RN Student Loan Forgiveness and employee continuing education dollars.
Support of highly specialized pediatric faculty physicians to provide quality patients care and education for learners. This funding is an effective incentive to retain pediatric specialty physicians.
Funding for the Family Resource Center, at CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital, to offer mental health services to those in need who are unable to meet co-payments or co-insurance due to a financial burden or lack of insurance.
Support for Pharmacy Fellowship program to cover travel to national meetings and forums; guest lecture programs in geriatrics; administrative and faculty support to Geriatric Pharmacy programs including travel and scholarly activity requirements for program director; Geriatric Lunch and Learn Lecture Services expenses for speakers, program materials, program expenses; Geriatric Pharmacy Resident program support and Geriatric Journal Club; Annual Geriatric Conference.
Funds will be used to support a part-time Research Associate who is responsible for assisting faculty, students, residents, and fellows with the process of medical research in the field of geriatrics.
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 who has a parent with cancer. The grant request covers the cost of the therapist and replenishment of supplies, such as book and craft items for the children.
This program supports guest speakers for medical staff, residents, and students for major events and grand round lecture programs at CAMC.
Support of Childbirth Education at CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital. This is a professional program provided by certified instructors. Provides contemporary curriculum to promote health and safe birthing practices as well as parenting. The program consists of 7 offerings and 4 new virtual classes that were created due to COVID-19.
Supports two events in the spring and fall 2021 to 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. It is anticipated that both events will be held virtually
Funds are granted to cover expenses associated with the Thomas W. Mou, MD lectureship and prizes, awards, and expenses for the annual Research Day for medical students at CAMC.
Support for the annual reunion of the 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.
Support for the CAMC Patient Simulation Center. The funds will be used to purchase a Laerdal SimMom birthing manikin simulator, a Laerdal SimNeB simulator which is a newborn simulator, and other items to update the facility and provide state-of-the-art training for medical students, nurses and others in a healthcare simulated environment.
Funding of full-time director position, who will be a CAMC employee, for Appalachian Pulmonary Health Project to treat patients suffering from COPD in rural West Virginia.
Funds are provided for research projects and research related travel. Medical students, interns, residents and fellows are eligible for these funds. All academic programs require scholarly activity for residents and fellows. Submission to national forums is also a requirement for some programs. CAMC is experiencing an increase in acceptance at national meetings among our learners thus providing further recognition of CAMC as a teaching hospital.
Grant funding will be used to 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 two Family Resources Center psychologists to participate in multidisciplinary teams for children with complex medical needs. The specialty clinics are for pediatric patients in the Oncology Survivorship Clinic and the Cleft & Cranial Facial Clinic.
Support of the annual Teddy Bear Fair at 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.
Program to assist pregnant women to stop smoking. Success rate of the program in the past surpasses the national average. Funding will provide assistance to access to ensure the clinical process for continued success with clinic staff and providers.