FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Valley Medical Foundation has received a $50,386 grant from Truist Financial Corporation to buy telemedicine equipment needed to help treat COVID-19 patients.
The grant is part of the financial services company’s Truist Cares initiative, a $25 million philanthropic pledge announced in March to support basic needs, medical supplies and financial hardship relief due to COVID-19.
The new telemedicine equipment will allow the health system’s hospitals and outpatient clinics to provide remote patient health assessments and care. The purchase will also reduce staff reliance on personal protective equipment, which is in short supply nationwide.
Cape Fear Valley CEO Mike Nagowski says the grant will provide telemedicine equipment for clinic locations throughout the health system.
“Telemedicine has become essential in reaching all of our patients,” Nagowski said, “at a time when we have to adjust the way we care for people. The support from Truist will have a direct impact on the patients we are able to reach.”
Sabrina Brooks, Cape Fear Valley Health Foundation Executive Director, says BB&T now Truist, has been a valued Cape Fear Valley community partner for many years.
“We are grateful for their ongoing support,” Brooks said. “Truist’s purpose to inspire and build better lives and communities has never been more important, especially as health care needs are ever involving in the face of the COVID-19 crisis.”
“Hospitals and health systems are having to rethink their approach to patient care during this challenging time,” said Phil Marion, Eastern North Carolina regional president for Truist. “Cape Fear Valley is delivering critical services to more members of our community through telemedicine, and we are proud to support them in this effort.”