AstraZeneca - AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation awards $168,492 grant to Presence Covenant Medical Center to improve heart health

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM program is awarding a grant of $168,492 to Presence Covenant Medical Center to support its Cardiovascular Awareness and Risk Reduction Program, which works to improve cardiovascular health in the community.

The Cardiovascular Awareness and Risk Reduction Program aims to engage the community and Presence Covenant Medical Center’s community health partners to improve the quality of cardiovascular care in the greater Champaign County area. It targets uninsured and underinsured individuals with screening, education, treatment and support of healthy lifestyles.

“This grant will allow Presence Covenant Medical Center to reach and identify more individuals in our communities at risk for heart attack or stroke,” said Jared C. Rogers, MD, CPE, FAAFP, regional president and chief executive officer, Presence Covenant Medical Center. “By providing free heart health screenings, CPR/AED training, education on early heart attack care and signs and symptoms of stroke, we can reduce risk of dying from or being disabled by a heart attack or stroke.”

“Cardiovascular disease remains a leading cause of death in the United States, which is why we must find new ways to help prevent and decrease the risks associated with this disease,” said James W. Blasetto, MD, MPH, FACC, chairman of the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation. “The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation is proud to provide funding to Presence Covenant Medical Center’s innovative program to help improve cardiovascular health in their community.”

The Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM program annually awards grants to U.S.-based nonprofit organizations across the country. More than $2.6 million in grants to 13 organizations will be announced this year. More than $17 million in grants have been awarded through the program since its inception in 2010. In 2015, the Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSMprogram will award grants from $150,000 to $180,000.

Organizations can learn more and apply online for a Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSMgrant at Applications must be submitted online no later than 5 p.m. EST on Feb. 26, 2015.

About Presence Covenant Medical Center

Presence Covenant Medical Center is a 210-bed comprehensive medical facility that has provided advanced, compassionate care for East Central Illinois for more than a century. With a medical staff of over 250 physicians representing various areas of specialized care, Presence Covenant offers a full range of medical services and is the area’s leader in comprehensive cardiovascular services and robotic-assisted surgery. The medical center is also home to the area’s largest inpatient rehabilitation center and the area’s only adult behavioral health unit in a hospital setting. Presence Covenant is part of Presence Health, the largest Catholic healthcare system in Illinois, with an extensive network of hospitals, extended care facilities and clinics dedicated to improving community healthcare. For more information, visit or call 217-443-5262.

About AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation

Established in 1993, the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation is a Delaware not-for-profit corporation and a 501(c)(3) entity organized for charitable purposes, including to promote public awareness of healthcare issues, to promote public education of medical knowledge and to support or contribute to charitable and qualified exempt organizations consistent with its charitable purpose. Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM was launched in 2010 through a charitable contribution of $25 million from AstraZeneca.

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