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Covidien awards $1M to medically underserved communities

Global biotech firm and medical supplies provider Covidien joined the National Association of Community Health Centers on Monday to announce the recipients of the 2014 Covidien Challenge Grant program, awarded through a seven-year collaboration that has helped bring quality health care to medically underserved communities. More

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Covidien awards $1M to medically underserved communities

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MANSFIELD – Global biotech firm and medical supplies provider Covidien joined the National Association of Community Health Centers on Monday to announce the recipients of the 2014 Covidien Challenge Grant program, awarded through a seven-year collaboration that has helped bring quality health care to medically underserved communities.

Community Health Centers in 24 communities throughout the United States received challenge grants totaling more than $1 million. The grants will enable the centers to access additional grants and other private funding for small- to mid-level capital improvement projects.

Since 2007, Covidien has worked with the NACHC to award nearly 100 grants totaling more than $4 million to health centers in 36 states to expand services, increase patient capacity and provide medical professionals with the latest technology to address specific patient needs.

“This partnership supports our commitment to increase access to quality, affordable health care by helping to meet the growing health needs of communities and the people they serve,” said Dr. Michael Tarnoff, global chief medical officer for Covidien. “By partnering with NACHC we are able to help provide quality health care to communities across the U.S. while reducing the need for costly emergency room care.”

In addition to the Challenge Grant program, Covidien and NACHC work together to identify other national programs to benefit community health centers. These include support for the CEO and CFO Institutes, which received Covidien funding to support strong leadership in the provision of critical community resources at health centers and assistance for health centers in efforts to hire skilled veterans.

“Through this collaboration we have successfully directed millions of dollars to Community Health Centers that are able to amplify that support with matching grants,” said Malvise A. Scott, senior vice president of partnership and resource development for NACHC. “Our work with Covidien has directly supported our mission of extending quality, community-based health care to America’s medically underserved and uninsured.”

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