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Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation Receives CVS Caremark Grant
03/10/2010

DALLAS — Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation recently announced that it is the recipient of a $1,000 CVS Caremark Community Grant to support H²OPE, an aquatic fitness program for children with special needs in the area. The H²OPE Program is offered free of charge at Texas Health Finley Ewing Cardiovascular & Fitness Center Dallas, with the support of the Different Strokes Swim School.

“We are grateful to CVS Caremark for answering a need of children with disabilities in our community,” said Jay McAuley, President of Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation. “For many of our patients, the H²OPE program is one of their main outlets for social and physical activity. It is vital that we ensure this support is available to them now and in the future.”

H²OPE provides an alternative recreational activity to help meet physical, cognitive, and psychological needs of children with disabilities. Aquatic exercise helps these patients decrease tone and spasms; decrease weight bearing on joints; decrease tactile stimulus; increase relaxation and range of motion; and increase confidence and self-esteem.

“The H²OPE water exercise program enables special needs children to achieve exercise and movement patterns they often cannot do on land,” said Sheryl W. Brown, PT, MSPT, Manager of Rehabilitation Services at the Ewing Fitness Center. “This program is delivered at no cost to them so it is especially helpful when insurance no longer pays for formal therapies.”

The CVS Caremark Community Grant to support H²OPE is part of CVS Caremark’s commitment to its communities throughout the country. Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation was selected to receive a grant through the CVS Caremark Community Grants 2009 grant application process.

“CVS Caremark Community Grants are an effective way for us to contribute to the success of communities where we do business,” said Jennifer Veilleux, Director of CVS Caremark Corporation. “We are proud to support the work that Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation does in the community.”

CVS Caremark Community Grants were awarded to organizations that share a common vision with CVS Caremark’s All Kids Can™ program, which strives to make life easier for children with disabilities. The goal of the program is to create more inclusive environments for children with and without disabilities to build self-esteem, lasting friendships and social skills, and to help children without disabilities learn diversity and tolerance.

“CVS Caremark is committed to helping children with disabilities learn, play and succeed in life," said Denny Tewell, area vice president, Texas, CVS/pharmacy. “Through this grant, we are proud to be able to help make an impact on the lives of children in the Dallas community.”

About Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation
Through philanthropy, Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation provides support to Texas Health Presbyterian hospitals in Allen, Dallas, Denton, Kaufman and Plano. Established in 1986, Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation plays a critical role in continuing the mission of the Texas Health Presbyterian hospitals to improve the health of the communities served. The Foundation strives to enhance the delivery of quality patient care by joining with committed donors to sustain the long-term fiscal viability of the hospital that are a part of Texas Health Presbyterian. Through the efforts of the Foundation, the strong tradition of community support through philanthropy enables the Texas Health Presbyterian hospitals to forge ahead in medical research and education, technology and the provision of quality patient care. For more information, call 214-345-8442, or visit TexasHealth.org/PresbyFoundation.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas is an 866-bed acute care hospital and recognized clinical program leader, having provided compassionate care to the residents of Dallas and surrounding communities since 1966. U.S. News and World Report has ranked Texas Health Dallas among the nation’s best hospitals in digestive disorders, orthopedics, and neurology and neurosurgery. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Dallas has approximately 4,000 employees and an active medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Dallas.

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