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Mid-America Transplant Services Awards over $350,000 in Grants to Five Missouri Organizations Focused on Improving Community Health

Posted February 10, 2015 in News Category
volunteerameren1lowresThe St. Louis Area Foodbank, which feeds more than 42,000 people each week, was among five Missouri-based non-profit organizations to receive a grant from MTS' charitable foundation. The grant will be used to implement a program to distribute healthier foods to patients suffering from diseases that potentially lead to kidney failure.

The Mid-America Transplant Services (MTS) charitable foundation has awarded over $350,000 in grants to five nonprofit organizations, four in the St. Louis area and one in Springfield, MO. All are focused on aspects of community health, including healthy food, chronic disease prevention, and dealing with loss and grief.

“We identified five nonprofit organizations with compelling programs that we believe can make a difference in the health of the people in the communities we serve,” said R.J. Crunk, the executive director of the foundation.

“While the MTS foundation’s overall goal is to drive the need for transplants down, our innovative partnerships with these organizations will also enable us to educate those within the community and promote a healthier lifestyle, both physically and emotionally,” added Crunk.

“We firmly believe that by partnering with these five organizations, each of us will be able to achieve our mission of building a healthier, more supportive community,” said MTS President and CEO Dean F. Kappel. 

Grant recipients include:

Annie’s Hope, St. Louis, Missouri

With a grant from MTS, Annie’s Hope will expand its Horizons program, reaching 40-50 more families for child-focused anticipatory grief support each year. Its collaboration with MTS will also increase public awareness of organ tissue and donation.

ratkin--male-patient-and-chartlow-resCasa de Salud received a grant from the MTS charitable foundation to expand its offerings to patients with complex diseases.

Casa de Salud, St. Louis, Missouri

This grant will allow Casa de Salud’s GUIA (Guides for Understanding, Information and Access) program to become more involved with patients who have complex diseases, like diabetes, hypertension and obesity. They will accompany patients to appointments, act as patient advocates and engage in home visits where they can help patients improve upon their health management. 

Lost & Found Grief Center, Springfield, Missouri

The Lost & Found Grief Center provides therapeutic support to individuals and families in the Springfield area who have lost a loved one. With the MTS grant, it will be able to create a new program that focuses on grief support for families of donors. This will strengthen Lost & Found’s relationship with MTS and result in seamless support for donor families throughout the entire grief process.

National Kidney Foundation, St. Louis, Missouri

The National Kidney Foundation has developed Kidney Care Kits for 1,500 newly diagnosed Chronic Kidney Disease patients. Kits will include educational materials and resources focused on patient health. By educating patients on how to manage their health, the National Kidney Foundation is minimizing its risk for kidney failure and potential transplant needs.

dsc00155lowresOne of five recipients of a grant from the MTS foundation, Annie's Hope provides child-focused anticipatory grief support.

St. Louis Area Foodbank, St. Louis, Missouri

Through the MTS grant, the St. Louis Area Foodbank will implement its Healthier Plate: Healthier You program. This program will allow the food bank to distribute healthier foods to area patients suffering from diabetes, hypertension and Hepatitis C – diseases that potentially lead to kidney failure and the need for transplant.

About MTS

Mid-America Transplant Services (MTS) saves and improves lives through organ and tissue donations. For more than 40 years it has facilitated and coordinated organ and tissue donation, and now serves 84 counties covering eastern Missouri, southern Illinois and northeast Arkansas that together are homes to 4.7 million people. It saves lives by providing expert and compassionate care. It was the first such organization in the US to use an in-house operating room for organ recovery and pioneered innovative models of increasing donor registry enrollment in an effort to provide organs and tissues to those in need. It is federally designated and one of 58 such organizations in the US. 

About the MTS foundation

´╗┐The MTS charitable foundation provides enhanced support to transplant patients, donor families and the community. It seeks to reduce the need for organ and tissue transplantation; increase the availability of organs and tissues for those who need them; and to improve the lives of recipients and donor families. The foundation provides programming, develops partnerships and provides community wellness grants to organizations that support its mission of improving health through disease prevention, education and successful transplantation.

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