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2016

Obici Healthcare Foundation Awards $1.75 Million in Grants

(SUFFOLK, VA) April 24, 2017 – “The Obici Healthcare Foundation is pleased to announce the awarding of over $1.75 million in grants to 19 nonprofit organizations serving Western Tidewater,” said, R. Scott Carr, Foundation chairman. Award amounts among new and renewed grantees range from $15,000.00 to $268,395.

Obici Healthcare Foundation Announces New Chief Executive Officer

(SUFFOLK, VA) December 22, 2016 – The Board of the Obici Healthcare Foundation announces the Foundation’s new CEO, Annette C. Beuchler, MBA, FACHE.

Ms. Beuchler comes to the Obici Healthcare Foundation with considerable philanthropic experience.  She currently serves as the Director of Programs & Communications at The Rapides Foundation of Louisiana.  The Rapides Foundation is a healthcare legacy foundation with assets of $250M that serves a nine-parish area of Central Louisiana.

Obici Healthcare Foundation Awards $1.8 Million in Grants

(SUFFOLK, VA) October 13, 2016 – The Obici Healthcare Foundation has awarded a $15,562.00, one-year grant to Tidewater Community College’s Academy for Nonprofit Excellence, a new program grantee of the Foundation. 

Improving the capacity of our grantees is an important goal of the Obici Healthcare Foundation.  This grant funds a new pilot program targeted specifically for nonprofit organizations’ senior staff and will provide timely, relevant information relating to volunteer management, personnel, organizational change and board topics.  This pilot program is projected to serve between 15 and 30 nonprofit executives.

Rick Spencer, Program Resource Officer, retires

(SUFFOLK, VA) August 23, 2016 – The Obici Healthcare Foundationannounces the retirement of Rick Spencer, effective August 15, 2016.  Rick joined the Foundation in August of 2008 and his cooperative nature was key to the early organization, success and subsequent good work at the Foundation.  The Obici Healthcare Foundation (2006 – 2016) is celebrating a decade of health improvement.

Obici Healthcare Foundation Awards $2.3 Million in Grants

(SUFFOLK, VA) May 11, 2016 –“The Obici Healthcare Foundation is pleased to announce the awarding of over $2.3 million in grants to 29 nonprofit organizations serving Western Tidewater,” said J. Samuel Glasscock, Foundation Chairman.  Award amounts among new and renewed grantees range from $10,000 to $357,859.

2015

Obici Healthcare Foundation Awards $2 Million in Grants

(SUFFOLK, VA) September 15, 2015 -- “The Obici Healthcare Foundation is pleased to announce the awarding of over $2 million in grants to 18 nonprofitorganizations serving Western Tidewater,” said George Y. Birdsong, Foundation Chairman.  Award amounts among new and renewed grantees range from $15,000 to $500,000.

Obici Healthcare Foundation Awards $2.2 Million in Grants

(SUFFOLK, VA) May 22, 2015 -- “The Obici Healthcare Foundation is pleased to announce the awarding of over $2.2 million in grants to 21 nonprofit organizations serving Western Tidewater,” said George Y. Birdsong, Foundation Chairman.  Award amounts among new and renewed grantees range from $15,000 to $350,000.

2014

Obici Healthcare Foundation Awards $2.4 Million in Grants

(SUFFOLK, VA) October 9, 2014 -- "The Obici Healthcare Foundation is pleased to announce the awarding of over $2.4 million in grants to 33 nonprofit organizations serving Western Tidewater," said George Y. Birdsong, Foundation Chairman.  Award amounts among new and renewed grantees range from $7,500 to $553,363.

Obici Healthcare Foundation Awards $1.7 Million in Grants

(SUFFOLK, VA) April 8, 2014 -- “The Obici Healthcare Foundation is pleased to announce the awarding of $1.7 million in grants to 24 nonprofit organizations serving Western Tidewater,” said George Y. Birdsong, Foundation Chairman.  Award amounts among new and renewed grantees range from $16,490 to $200,000.

"The Foundation Board of Directors and staff are excited by the quality of the programs being offered by this group of grantees committed to providing care in the Foundation’s service area," Mr. Birdsong added.

2013

Diabetes program changes church members

Suffolk News Herald (October 26, 2013) - The American Diabetes Association completed another round of its Project Power: Victory Over Diabetes program on Saturday, October 26, 2013.

The Obici Healthcare Foundation-funded program enlists volunteer ambassadors at churches in Suffolk and Western Tidewater to teach their fellow parishioners about how to prevent and manage diabetes.

Obici Healthcare Foundation Awards $2.2 Million in Grants

(SUFFOLK, VA) October 23, 2013 – “The Obici Healthcare Foundation is pleased to announce the awarding of $2.2 million in grants to 28 nonprofit organizations serving Western Tidewater,” said George Y. Birdsong, Foundation Chairman.  Award amounts among new and renewed grantees range from $11,250 to $500,000.

Better Nutrition from the Start

Suffolk News Herald (October 15, 2013) - A number of private daycares in Suffolk are making healthy changes thanks to an Obici Healthcare Foundation-funded grant program led by The Planning Council. The program aims to help improve the child obesity rate by improving the nutrition and physical activity offered in childcare environments. "Gradually, we're going to make steps to improve the child obesity rate," said Marissa Spady, nutrition education specialist with The Planning Council. "I think we'll start to see a drop because we're starting to change the mindset of the adults."

Health official: There's no going back

Inside Business (Hampton Roads) September 27, 2013 - Former Virginia State Health Commissioner Karen Remley recently quizzed a crowd of mostly college students on how much an emergency room visit for appendicitis would cost.Karen Remley

Remley, a medical doctor, didn't correct the Norfolk State University students who responded, "A lot," but she specified it for them.

"It'll be between $15,000 and $20,000 if you don't have insurance," she said. "Could any of you afford that?"

Remley used that and other examples in a talk about the Affordable Care Act at NSU's seventh Constitution Day Conference, held Sept. 19 in the L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center on campus.

Obici Healthcare Foundation Awards Nearly $1.7 Million in Grants

(SUFFOLK, VA) May 30, 2013 – “The Obici Healthcare Foundation is pleased to announce the awarding of $1.7 million in grants to 20 nonprofit organizations serving Western Tidewater and Gates County, NC,” said George Y. Birdsong, Foundation Chairman.  Award amounts among new and renewed grantees range from $20,000 to $250,000.

2012

Obici Healthcare Foundation Awards Nearly $1.6 Million in Grants

(SUFFOLK, VA) November 14, 2012 – “The Obici Healthcare Foundation is pleased to announce the awarding of $1.582 million in grants to 26 nonprofit organizations serving Western Tidewater,” said George Y. Birdsong, Foundation Chairman.  Award amounts among new and renewed grantees range from $15,000 to $450,000.

Federal report details health, economic status of older Americans

Today's older Americans enjoy longer lives and better physical function than did previous generations, although, for some, an increased burden in housing costs and rising obesity may compromise these gains, according to a comprehensive federal look at aging. The report, Older Americans 2012: Key Indicators of Well-Being, tracks trends at regular intervals to see how older people are faring as the U.S. population grows older.

Rising rates of obesity — Obesity, a major cause of preventable disease and premature death, is increasing among older people. In 2009-2010, 38 percent of people age 65 and over were obese, compared with 22 percent in 1988-1994. In 2009-201044 percent of people age 65-74 were obese, as were 29 percent of those age 75 and older.

Virginia bill on dental sealants signed by the Governor

On March 6, Gov. Bob McDonnell signed into law Senate Bill 146, a bill changing Virginia's policy on dental sealants.  Sealants are clear plastic coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of children's molars (the most cavity-prone teeth), that prevent 60 percent of decay at one-third the cost of a filling. Dental hygienists are the primary practitioners who apply sealants through school-based programs. Some states have policies that require dentists to conduct an exam before a hygienist can apply sealants on kids' teeth. These rules impose unnecessary delays and costs.  A pilot program in three Virginia counties had eliminated the prior exam and found a 25 percent reduction in the cost of sealant application. Senate Bill 146 expands the pilot to all counties, thus eliminating the prior exam rule statewide. Virginia has joined 29 other states who have adopted this evidence-based policy to improve access to sealants.

In Recognition of American Diabetes Association Alert Day®, Encourage People to Know Their Risk for Type 2 Diabetes and Take Just One Step Toward Better Health

National Diabetes EEducation Program (March 2012) -- In observance of American Diabetes Association Alert Day® on Tuesday, March 27, NDEP joins its partners in raising awareness about the seriousness of diabetes and the risk factors associated with type 2 diabetes.

Access Partnership Assumes Oversight of Donated Dental Services in Greater Hampton Roads

Norfolk, February 28, 2012: Access Partnership, Inc. of Norfolk has assumed oversight of the Donated Dental Services (DDS) program for the Greater Hampton Roads area (components 1 & 2).  Although Virginia Dental Association (VDA) will continue to oversee the statewide DDS program, Kristie Bissell, Access Partnership’s Regional Oral Health Coordinator, is now responsible for managing services in the Hampton Roads area.

New NIH fact sheet explains test for diabetes, prediabetes

National Institutes of Health (January 26, 2012) -- A new fact sheet from the National Institutes of Health explains the A1C test, a widely used and important test to diagnose type 2 diabetes and prediabetes, and to monitor blood glucose levels of people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

2011

Obici Healthcare Foundation Awards Grants in Four Priority Areas

Suffolk, VA (May 10, 2011) -- “”The OBICI Healthcare Foundation is pleased to announce the awarding of $1.8 million in grants to 20 nonprofit organizations serving Western Tidewater and Gates County residents,”  said George Y. Birdsong, Foundation Chairman. 

2010

Helping Your Child Manage Diabetes at School

By. "CDC Features - Helping Your Child Manage Diabetes at School." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Web. 10 Sept. 2010.

Make a plan to help your child manage diabetes at school. Start by meeting with school staff and by making sure your child has the necessary supplies for routine care and blood sugar emergencies.

Senator Rockefeller honors anniversary of CHIP

The Associated Press (August 6, 2010) Washington DC

Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement in honor of the 13th anniversary of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) being signed into law.  "Since the beginning of my career I have fought to make sure all people, and especially children, have access to affordable health care," said Rockefeller, Chairman of the Finance Subcommittee on Health Care. "I was proud to be one of the original lead authors of this landmark legislation in 1997, and again when the bill was reauthorized in 2009.

OBICI Healthcare Foundation Announces New Program Officer

Suffolk, VA (June 10, 2010) – Gina Pitrone, OBICI Healthcare Foundation executive director, welcomes Tammie Mullins-Rice to the Foundation staff.

Suffolk Farmers' Market Opens for 2010 season on May 15

Within the City of Suffolk, there are 1,155 farms comprised of 59,000 acres in agriculture production. The farmers’ market is an outlet for some of the fruit, vegetables and plants grown on these farms. The market and associated special events relating to farm life, gardening, nutrition and ecology are family oriented and free of charge.  Held beneath brightly striped tents at “Market Park” (the mini-park adjacent to the Seaboard Station Railroad Museum at 326 N. Main Street), the Market will operate rain or shine on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. through September.

The Social Innovation Fund (SIF), a new public-private investment vehicle established by the 2009 Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, is designed to:

  • Fund effective and potentially transformative portfolios of nonprofit community organizations to help them strengthen their evidence base, and replicate and expand to serve more low-income communities.
  • Identify more effective approaches to addressing critical social challenges and broadly share this knowledge.
  • Develop the grantmaking infrastructure necessary to support the work of social innovation in communities across the country.

Senior Services announced plans to buy Hayden School building in Franklin

Senior Services has announced plans to buy the historic former Hayden School building in Franklin and work with several community partners to turn it into an intergenerational, mixed-use project that features affordable rental apartments for seniors, a Head Start center for children, an adult day care center, Senior Services administrative offices, a commercial kitchen with a café and an African-American heritage museum.

RWJF and University of Wisconsin release new County Health Rankings, the first county-by-county snapshot of health in each state.

Each county is ranked within the state on how healthy people are and how long they live. They also are ranked on key factors that affect health such as: smoking, obesity, binge drinking, access to primary care providers, rates of high school graduation, rates of violent crime, air pollution levels, liquor store density, unemployment rates and number of children living in poverty.


2009

FBI Norfolk Announces Recipient of the 2009 Directors Community Leadership Award

Special Agent in Charge Alex J. Turner of the Norfolk Field Office of the FBI is pleased to announce his selection of Ms. Veronica McMillian as the local recipient of the FBI’s 2009 Director’s Community Leadership Award. Ms. McMillian is the founder of a community-based, non-profit organization known as Let’s Talk Inc., which provides educational and job training, violence prevention programs, and develops role models for young men and women.

October 15, 2009

Nurses phone calls help patients lower blood pressure in study

As Congress weighs options for cutting some of the $2.2 trillion Americans spend on doctors, surgeries, treatments and drugs, some solutions may be as simple as a phone call. A team of Duke University Medical Center doctors and nurses has found they can help lower patients' blood pressure with a do-it-yourself monitoring plan and bi-monthly phone calls from a nurse.


2008

Oft-troubled Suffolk homeless shelter gets new operator

The Center for Hope and New Beginnings - a homeless shelter plagued by financial mismanagement and turnover among its leadership - will transfer its assets today to ForKids, a Norfolk-based nonprofit organization that will operate the facility, officials announced Wednesday.

By Hattie Brown Garrow

October 30, 2008

YMCA program promoting nutrition, fitness - With the growth in childhood obesity, the Suffolk Family YMCA is working to combat the trend with education and physical activity.
By Tracy Agnew
August 15, 2008

Healthy Families making difference - We frequently read about money being wasted or misused when meant to fund initiatives for those in need.
August 13, 2008

Helping new mothers find their way - When Ebony Smith gave birth to her daughter, Samiya, when she was 17, she knew she would need some extra support. When she heard about the Healthy Families program, she knew that was just what she needed. 
August 12, 2008

YMCA healthy lifestyles - My how time flies when you are having fun"! That's exactly how it is feels here at the Suffolk Family YMCA.
August 5, 2008

Dental Clinic Helps Families
By Linda McNatt
June 6, 2008

Genieve Shelter coming to women's rescue - With high collars, long sleeves and strategically placed makeup, Susan Jackson covered the bruises on her battered body for years.
By Allison T. Williams
May 31, 2008

Obici Healthcare Foundation to build office downtown - The Obici Healthcare Foundation - the product from last year's merger of Obici Hospital and Sentara Health Systems n is getting a new home.
By Lauren Wicks
May 21, 2008

Let's Get Real promotes good health - When I attended the Block Party at East End Baptist Church on Saturday, May 17, I discovered important information about a health program that began at the church in February called Let's Get Real.
May 20, 2008

SENIOR SERVICES - MedCare Access offers extra help.
The Virginian-Pilot
May 18, 2008

Program helps seniors save on drugs - The cost of prescription drugs is a common concern among senior citizens, particularly those who have several prescriptions.
By Tracy Agnew
May 17, 2008

New dental practice to open Monday - One of Suffolk's first dental clinics for the uninsured and underinsured population is opening this week in Suffolk.
By Tracy Agnew
April 26, 2008

Health grant expands maternal services - The Western Tidewater Health District has received a two-year, $554,000 grant from the Obici Healthcare Foundation to expand family planning and maternity services for indigent and uninsured women in Franklin and Suffolk.
By Tracy Agnew
April 12, 2008

New program helps people heal - The HEAL program now is offered in the Virginia Legal Aid Society Suffolk office.
By Tracy Agnew
April 4, 2008

Senior Services of Southwestern Virginia - If you or someone you love is on Medicare and having trouble making ends meet, help may be just a phone call away. A new program in Western Tidewater is helping seniors cut through the red tape, and add some green to their wallets. by Stephanie Harris
March 14, 17, 2008

Obici foundation awards grant
The Obici Healthcare Foundation has awarded Sentara Obici Hospital's Community Health Outreach Program (CHOP) a $923,348 two year grant. Special to the News-Herald
February 29, 2008


2007

New Healthy Lifestyles program rolling - The Suffolk Family YMCA is truly a blessed organization.

December 4, 2007

Grants fund programs at PDCCC - We all can use good news, and Paul D. Camp has much to share.
November 29, 2007

No 'biggest loser' here - Obesity has taken our nation by storm and, sadly, hasn't left our children unaffected.
October 24, 2007

YMCA weighs in on obesity - Health class is about to go beyond the pages of a textbook and four classroom walls - at least for some Suffolk Public School students.
BY ALLISON T. WILLIAMS
October 24, 2007

GENIEVE SHELTER GETS GRANT MONEY - October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but it also marks the dawn of a new era of services for victims of domestic violence in Western Tidewater.
STAFF REPORT
October 20, 2007

Foundation awards - No doubt, Amedeo Obici would be proud.
BY ALLISON T. WILLIAMS
September 28, 2007

Foundation funds projects - Amedeo Obici left his mark on this city in indelible ways: The legacy of Planters Peanuts and the city's hospital named in memory of his wife.
September 28, 2007

Virginia Legal Aid Society has new location, much to offer - The Suffolk office of the Virginia Legal Aid Society has made some big strides this year: the organization moved into a new building, giving the office a permanent home.
By Ashley McKnight-Taylor
July 28, 2007

NONPROFITS HEALTH CARE FOUNDATION TO FUND LOW-COST DENTAL CLINIC
The Suffolk office of the Virginia Legal Aid Society has made some big strides this year: the organization moved into a new building, giving the office a permanent home. By Linda McNatt
The Virginian-Pilot
July 27, 2007

Uninsured? Teeth care for those without dental insurance to open in downtown Suffolk - The Peninsula Institute for Community Health (PICH) has received a two-year $400,000 grant from the Obici Healthcare Foundation to start a dental practice in downtown Suffolk to serve the uninsured. 
By Kelli Davis
July 26, 2007


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