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Women & Infants receives support from CVS Caremark Charitable Trust
Date:5/16/2011

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island recently received a $25,000 grant from the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, the private foundation created by CVS Caremark Corporation, whose mission is to provide funding for health care, education and community involvement initiatives in CVS Caremark communities. Women & Infants was one of 72 organizations selected from a pool of 660 applicants to receive an individual or multi-year grant for 2010.

The hospital will use the grant monies to provide funding for its La Van program, which provides free transportation for low-income patients coming to the Women's Primary Care Center (WPCC) for routine prenatal appointments.

"One of the obstacles faced by low-income women needing quality prenatal care is a lack of transportation," said WPCC Medical Director Robert Berry, MD. "Regular doctor visits during pregnancy are important to ensure that women and their babies stay healthy.

In fiscal year 2010, the viability of the La Van program was jeopardized by budget cuts and a substantial loss of state funds to the hospital.

"In today's challenging economy, it's more important than ever to support organizations that provide access to health care to those who otherwise could not obtain it," said Eileen Howard-Dunn, vice president, CVS Caremark Charitable Trust. "The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust is pleased to recognize Women & Infants for truly making an impact in the communities we serve through their La Van program, and we look forward to working with them in the year ahead."

The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust's grant to Women & Infants is part of $3.3 million in grants awarded to more than 70 nonprofit organizations across the country in 2010. The grants align with CVS Caremark Charitable Trust's efforts to support programs that seek to connect those in need of services to providers who participate in accountable community health care programs, as well as organizations that support chi
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Contact: Susan McDonald
slmcdonald@wihri.org
401-681-2816
Women & Infants Hospital
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