United Way in the news: United Way grant will help East Arkansas families and individuals receive faster treatment with new medical equipment for East Arkansas Family Health Center

The Evening Times in Crittenden County, AR reported a $10,000 grant from United Way will impact health care in eastern Arkansas. Click on the photo above to read the story at The Evening Times newspaper website.

Last Friday, The Evening Times in Crittenden County AR reported that doctors and clinical staff helping people with limited financial resources in Crittenden County will be able to get faster information about their patients thanks to a $10,000 grant from United Way of the Mid-South (you can read The Evening Times’ story online here).

East Arkansas Family Health Center (currently at 215 East Bond Avenue in West Memphis) was the recipient of the grant, which will be used to purchase five electronic vitals machines for its new facility opening in 2014. These machines which will speed up the transmission of electronic data to electronic health records, giving physicians and clinical staff more accurate and timely information so they can better serve local patients.

This is part of United Way of the Mid-South’s work to help improve health across Crittenden County and our Mid-South area.

Earlier this month, representatives from United Way of the Mid-South presented the funds to East Arkansas Family Health Center. Diana Bedwell, Vice President of Community Impact and Nidia Logan, Director of Community Impact (and United Way’s key staff member serving Crittenden County) were joined by United Way volunteer Mary Beth Luibel from Mid-South Health Systems to present the check to East Arkansas Family Health Center CEO Dr. Susan Ward-Jones and COO Cherrie Whitehead-Thompson.

In addition to providing the special grant for this equipment, United Way of the Mid-South works with a group of eight nonprofits serving Crittenden County.

“If we can bring about improvements in education, financial stability and health, we help make an impact in everyone’s life across the county. The staff at the Center are phenomenal and we look forward to being a part of the growth and development of this health center. Today’s grant presentation helps the Center improve care for many patients who can’t always afford the newest medical technologies, and United Way is happy to have been in a position where we could help,” said Logan.

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