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AMERIGROUP Foundation Awards $100,000 to Grady Health System Foundation in Atlanta

Funds to Support the Operations of Grady Memorial Hospital

ATLANTA, Dec. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The AMERIGROUP Foundation announced today that it has donated $100,000 to the Henry W. Grady Health System Foundation. The funds will be used to support the work of Grady Memorial Hospital, which plays a pivotal role in bringing healthcare to many low-income and uninsured Georgia residents.

The AMERIGROUP Foundation is affiliated with AMERIGROUP Community Care of Georgia, a care management organization that serves 218,000 financially vulnerable Georgians who are enrolled in the State of Georgia's Georgia Families program. Grady Memorial Hospital is a crucial part of AMERIGROUP Community Care's medical network and cares for AMERIGROUP's members on a daily basis.

"Grady Memorial Hospital and AMERIGROUP share a common goal: Bringing healthcare to those Georgians whose needs are great and whose needs far too often go unmet," said Melvin Lindsey, Interim Chief Executive Officer for AMERIGROUP Community Care in Georgia.

"Grady has played an indispensable role in our community for 115 years," Lindsey said. "Its dedicated staff of doctors and nurses make a difference in the lives of their patients every day. We at AMERIGROUP are pleased to stand with Grady's people and support their mission at this crucial moment in their history."

"We are delighted to receive the support of AMERIGROUP and the AMERIGROUP Foundation," said Suzanne Rogers, Executive Director of the Henry W. Grady Health System Foundation. "This grant will help us continue to serve our community and to meet the health needs that only Grady can meet. We are proud to join together with AMERIGROUP to bring healthcare to all those in our community who need it. "

In 2006, the AMERIGROUP Foundation awarded the Henry W. Grady Health System Foundation two grants that totaled $100,000. With today's award, the AMERIGROUP Foundation has donated a total of $200,000 to Grady over the past two years.

Grady Health System is one of the largest public health systems in the United States - and includes Grady Memorial Hospital, nine neighborhood health centers, the only level . trauma center in the region and the largest nursing facility in the state, Crestview Health & Rehabilitation Center.

Grady's trauma center treats about 3,700 seriously injured patients a year -- an average of more than 10 every day - and its ambulances make more than 90,000 trips every year. In 2006, about 600 babies were born at Grady. On an average day, the hospital is caring for about 30 infants.

AMERIGROUP Community Care, which began operations in Georgia in 2006, helps its members avoid unnecessary illness by identifying conditions that are common among people who are financially vulnerable, such as asthma and diabetes, and connecting them with preventive health programs. AMERIGROUP offers disease management programs for 11 different conditions, ranging from asthma and diabetes to AIDS and schizophrenia. AMERIGROUP Community Care is a subsidiary of Virginia Beach, Va.-based AMERIGROUP Corporation, which serves more than 1.7 million members in 11 states.

About the AMERIGROUP Foundation

The AMERIGROUP Foundation is the philanthropic arm of AMERIGROUP Corporation, a multi-state managed healthcare company based in Virginia Beach, Va. The Foundation works to create healthy communities by fostering access to healthcare, encouraging safe and healthy children and families, and promoting community improvement and healthy neighborhoods. For more information about the AMERIGROUP Foundation, visit

About the Henry W. Grady Health System Foundation

The Henry W. Grady Health System Foundation is a separately incorporated nonprofit organization that leverages private resources to support Grady Health System through public/private partnerships. Guided by a 25-voting- member board of directors, the foundation is composed of community leaders and is managed by nonprofit professionals. The foundation offers an opportunity for volunteers to participate in vital fundraising efforts that instill a sense of ownership in the health system's critical and life sustaining programs. Funds contributed to the Henry W. Grady Health System Foundation are to maintain the full range of services provided by Grady Health System.


Kent Jenkins, Jr.


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