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Published on June 21, 2013

Spartanburg Regional Foundation provides exceptional number of charitable grants

News Release – Tuesday, June 18, 2003

Nonprofits and hospital programs across Spartanburg County are receiving more than $660,000 in on-going and previously committed grants from the Spartanburg Regional Foundation. The awards are part of the foundation’s annual grant ceremony, which is providing funding for 2013-2014.   

The monies will benefit more than 30 organizations and hospital community programs that will help with educational materials, financial assistance for medical needs, equipment for new health initiatives and much more.


“We are proud to support the health and wellness for the Upstate by awarding grants to so many deserving organizations,” said Kristi Caradori, Executive Director of the Spartanburg Regional Foundation. “We appreciate the generosity of our community that enables us to make this positive impact.” 


To receive more information about the Spartanburg Regional Foundation grant program or to see a list of organizations and programs that were funded, please visit us at or call 864-560-6827.


Community grant recipients


ReGenesis Healthcare Center  $85,000

Providing funds for a new initiative for school based health program targeting low income children in Spartanburg County called “Wellness on Wheels” and will offer comprehensive primary care services to children in five schools on the north side of Spartanburg.   


BirthMatters  $7,785

Funding for a pilot research-based project to reduce postpartum depression and anxiety in low-income young women in Spartanburg County. 


Christmas in Action  $7,800

Building materials for twelve (12) ramps for elderly, disabled and disadvantaged low to moderate income eligible homeowners in Spartanburg County to help with their safety and continued independence.


Thermal Belt Outreach Ministry  $6,500 

Assisting with the growth of the food pantry to serve nutritionally disadvantaged residents in Polk County.

Girl Scouts of SC-Mountains to Midlands, Inc.  $9,500

Assisting with the launch of a new initiative for girls in Spartanburg County who are not currently Girl Scouts. The new troops will encourage each girl’s well-being with the “Leading to Healthy Habits” program.


Middle Tyger Community Center  $19,200 

Supporting behavioral and mental health counseling services by providing specialized play therapy to low-income children and/or families that reside in the Upstate of South Carolina.


The Haven  $20,000

Providing bedding supplies for homeless families within the shelter.


St. Luke’s Free Medical Clinic  $12,500

Assisting patients with basic, life-sustaining medications.


Divinity Care Facility  $6,513

Funding the shelter and medications for discharged, but homeless male patients with the goal of reducing re-admissions and unnecessary emergency room visits.


Meeting Street Academy  $1,500

Funding the purchase of health room equipment and health-related teaching materials.


Mobile Meals Services of Spartanburg  $2,000           

Funding the purchase of 100 hot packs to be placed in coolers to keep meals hot while traveling by van to the outlying communities for delivery.


Greer Relief & Resource Agency  $2,500

Funding the prescription assistance program for individuals and families with emergency medical issues or an

ongoing medical condition.  

The First Tee of Spartanburg  $3,290

Funding the First Tee National School Program at Jesse Bobo. The program provides wellness and character education to elementary school students. 


Monarch Elementary School  $3,400

This grant will allow for the purchase of pedometers to help increase wellness and prevent of obesity in children.  


REACH Upstate, Inc. $3,800

Expanding REACH Upstate’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program for at risk teens in the medical and faith communities in Spartanburg County.  


Helping Hands Ministries of the Woodruff Area, Inc. $4,000

Providing health screenings, nutritional counseling, medical treatment, prescriptions and special diet foods through their new pilot “Healthy Choices” program once clients are identified as at-risk for diabetes and stroke.


The Shepherd’s Center of Spartanburg  $2,000

Providing program materials which target improved brain function in seniors.


Southside Unity in the Community  $5,000

Assisting in purchasing Toddlers Choice Model 2 Primary In-ground playground equipment as part of the St. Paul Community Park project.


Ellen Hines Smith Girls’ Home/Children Shelter of the Upstate  $5,000

Providing funds to help integrate the online resources and donor databases following the merger into one organization named “Hope Center for Children”.


Hospital grant recipients


SRHS Environmental Services  $6,396

Funding the purchase of a Veri-Clean system – This evidence-based surface disinfection and cleaning validation

software will allow tracking of staff members and coaching on disinfection techniques for occupied and

discharged patient rooms.  

SRHS Gibbs Cancer Center  $7,000

Funding the development of a Lung Cancer Early Detection Awareness and Screening Program. The program will address awareness and will offer Low-Dose Computed Tomography Scan (LDCT) tests at a discounted rate.


SRHS Safe Kids  $10,495

Funding the purchase of a Safe Kids Safety Town on Wheels to help teach children and teens ages 17 and under the importance of safety precautions while riding a bicycle, walking along a street, railroad crossing, and school bus safety. 


SRHS Sports Medicine  $4,450 annually for 3 years

Assistance with purchasing software called the Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT). This is a 20-minute computerized test which is administered individually prior to the sports season to provide each athlete with a baseline measure (pre-concussive level) derived from current symptoms and neurocognitive tests.  In the event of a concussion, he or she will complete a post-injury test within 24-72 hours for comparison against their baseline measure to aid the healthcare professional in the plan of care for the athlete.  ImPACT provides objective results that can assist in safe return to play determinations, decreasing the chances of Second Impact Syndrome.  

SRHS NICU  $28,245

Purchasing a SimNew B Baby and accessories to aid in the education of NICU, EMS, Well-Baby Nursery, Labor and Delivery, Pediatrics and Pediatric ICU nurses.  The use of the simulation baby will help provide real life experiences in which staff can practice skills for resuscitation and other types of scenarios involving rare anomalies.         


SRHS Palliative Care  $30,000

Assistance in the development of a Palliative Care education resource center for physicians, patients, families and the communities we serve. The funds will help develop and procure palliative care educational materials and underwrite a conference to improve regional palliative care medical education. 


SRHS AccessHealth Spartanburg  $80,000
Providing funds for SRHS AccessHealth to connect low-income, uninsured Spartanburg County adults to primary and specialty medical care, behavioral health care and other social services. The Duke Endowment provided initial funding for this project and has committed on-going support – provided that local funders embrace the project with parallel efforts.


SRHS Nursing Family Partnership  $66,682 annually for 3 years

Funding for the Nursing Family Partnership program to support two additional registered nurses to serve the demographic. Nurse Family Partnership is also challenged by the Duke Endowment to raise additional funds. 

SRHS Medical Education  $1,000      

Funding to help organize 2,200 valuable educational slides and convert to digital format. Files will be shared among SRHS healthcare professionals.


SRHS Oncology Support Services/Gibbs Cancer Center  $5,000

This request will provide funding to cover psychological services for the low income oncology patients. 


2012-2013 continued grant assistance:


  • Greer Community Ministries
  • Medical Group of the Carolinas (formerly Spartanburg Regional Physician’s Group)
  • SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
  • Joe R. Utley Heart Resource Center



The Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Foundation is a leading champion for improving the health and wellness of those living in the communities we serve. As health care continues to change, we are focused on creating new opportunities for dialogue on the importance of health and wellness, both within and outside hospital walls.

Our efforts are underwritten by a generous family of donors who give of their time through volunteerism, of their financial resources through charitable giving, and of their insights, experience and energy through activism and leadership.

The Foundation’s advocacy of healthy living is accomplished in a number of ways, most notably through our relationship with Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System. The Foundation supports the mission and vision of the health system by helping fund important projects and initiatives to support Spartanburg Regional’s long-range strategic plan.

It has always been the Foundation’s commitment to dedicate 80 percent of our annual giving to the leadership of Spartanburg Regional to allocate those funds where the need is greatest.

Through grants and sponsorships, we also dedicate a portion of funds to community health projects.

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